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    Samsung, delivering software at the speed of sound. Dull, throbbing noise through thick layers of foam and lead. Like, seriously, this would've been useful way before the time when you're about to launch the next iteration of your Gear S lineup. Great. It looks like Koreans are starting to pair up their Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 wearables to their iPhones. It's part of a beta test of iOS compatibility that Samsung promised would happen for the S2 by mid-January. Well, lucky you, Verizon customers. You were the only ones that almost got it. But this program should spread it to everyone (we ...

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    The success of a first-generation product can be characterized by the hype that's built around a sequel. That's been the case for the Apple Watch as we've been itching to get our wrists inside of the band of an Apple Watch 2. One thing that we may not look forward to after much rumination, though, is cell connectivity. According to Bloomberg's sources, existing data chips are sapping too much battery for Apple to consider them feasible for consumer use. An Apple Watch without 3G or LTE is not good news for carriers to latch on — they've been stocking the Samsung Gear S2 for a while to ...

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    The US Patent and Trademark Office is chock full of little treasures. Here's one from the "Apple v. Samsung" file that was filed in January and published yesterday by the Korean company. "The band for adjustment may be coupled with the band for fixing through a structure [...] through a magnetic attracting force, or through a hooked ring or hooked member," the patent reads. Okay, while all of those figures and that mechanism are definitely grabs at the Apple Watch's design, that is not the pertinence of this patent. In fact, the use of that design is not only excusable, it's competition at ...

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    Update: Updated with specifications. One fitness company flying under the mobile circles' radars is Polar. And there's good reason: all the products it has been putting out compete more along the lines of Garmin and Fitbit. The big ace it has up its sleeve, though, is its optical heart rate sensors. The Finnish company figures that it can put that technology to good use with its first Android Wear device, the M600. The watch starts at the sensor, which is just six LEDs. Apparently just six LEDs have become pretty reliable aids in scanning heart rate. We'll have to see how it compares to ...

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    A Chinese startup called Mobvoi — which has successfully closed three rounds of funding, the latest led by Google — has decided to bring an Android-powered smartwatch out of China. The Ticwatch 2 technically isn't even an Android Wear watch — it's a watch that runs a skinned version of Android with something more like Tizen in mind. The watch, running Ticwear OS, is compatible with smartphones running iOS 8.0 and Android 4.3 and fills the typical bill for notifications, media control, watchfaces, voice interactions, Android Wear apps, gestures etc., but the interface is set up ...

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    We've lavished praise on the Gear S2 for its elegant, yet capable hardware and — very important, here — its speedy, squeaky-clean software. Sure, it wasn't as robust as we'd like for it to be and it definitely had some attachment issues with its paired smartphone. But updates can definitely come along and change the name of the game in this respect. SamMobile is reporting that it knows some big changes in an upcoming update for the Gear S2. The device will start recommending watchfaces and apps let you install them right from the watch instead of the phone. You'll be able to instantly ...

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    If you're not ready for this year's Nexus smartphones from HTC, then thank goodness we'll all be prepared for some Android Wear watches from Google this year. Yep, like its Pixel C tablet and a rumored first-party smartphone, it may also be going for not one, but two smartwatches. David Ruddock of Android Police has yet again received information from sources detailing a more conservative and reserved smartwatch, the other packing in LTE, GPS and a heart rate monitor. "Swordfish" is the smaller of the two. Ruddock describes the appearance of the watch as similar to the Pebble Time Round, ...

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    What do we know about this rumored first party Google Phone? What bells and whistles might we get on the Note 7? And we're introducing a new series on this site where editors can battle against each other for your amusement! These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 207 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] ...

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    This is an odd stunt, even for OnePlus, a company that once encouraged its fans to smash their perfectly functional old phones for a chance to receive a new and better one. It also makes us wonder whether co-founder Carl Pei might actually still be gauging interest in a prospective OnePlus smartwatch. Sure, Pei is adamant the wearable device “could have been but never will be”, following a decision taken in 2015 to cancel it over fears of losing smartphone focus and not being able to stand out in a “cruel”, crowded, challenging market where so few OEMs can turn a profit at the ...

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    Samsung seems to know its way around smartwatches. Even as a distant second to the Apple Watch, the company's Tizen-based offerings have proven popular in their own right — especially considering the forethought put into the Gear S2. Well, it's another year and already we're hearing word from SamMobile that there's another Tizen-powered Gear wearable coming our way beyond the Gear Fit 2. The codename for this one is "Solis" — Spanish for "sun". The outlet takes it to mean that the watchface will be circular once again as was hinted with the Gear S2's codename, "Orbis". The model ...

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    watchOS is getting a bump up to version 3. It will keep favorite apps in memory, speed up launches, and updates information in the background. More importantly, instead of the multiple seconds it takes to load an app and update its front-end data, it's all instant. The Dock is new to watchOS 3. By pressing the side button, you can fly through recent apps, all of them showing a live screenshot with new data for your quick glance. Control Center makes a migration from iOS. With a swipe from the bottom, you get a quick look at battery and toggles. Quick reply options for messages get updated ...

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    Maybe someone just can't compete with Pebble and they just need some room. Maybe HTC really is making the Nexus phones this year and Google decided to take them up for a reference design. Maybe one of the prides of Taiwan has just one huge feature it wants to stuff in and it needs rigorous testing before they feel like it's going to be okay. Maybe it's just a clusterf***. Evan Blass has an idea of where HTC's "Halfbeak" wearable project is going and whether or not he knows more than he lets on is irrelevant. All he's saying is that after several tiresome delays of launch, this ...

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    Update: Samsung released a follow-up statement which we picked up from Engadget: "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." The company did not confirm anything about a new Android Wear device currently in the works. We should point out that Fast Company did not name the "executives" it got this information from. Our original story is below. Samsung was a launch partner with Google in bringing out one of a few Android Wear smartwatches back in 2014. But ...

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    The phrase "make or break" is tossed around often in the world of consumer electronics. With that editorial trope acknowledged, we could be looking at a make or break product release from Pebble. Unveiled today, the smartwatch pioneer showed off the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core on Kickstarter. This company has been facing challenges of late, recently dealing with some layoffs, but the market for wearables remains strong. Is Pebble back in the game with these new products, or have consumers moved on to more visible brands? Fans flocked, Kicstarter funded Whether you agree ...

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    Infrared keyboards were going to be a thing, right? Type a bunch of stuff on a countertop and have it appear on your phone! Well, sadly, it's a pretty safe bet to say that you're not using an infrared keyboard. That said, interactive projection displays could still have a practical use in smartwatches or so Samsung believes. It has applied for a patent to implement a projector that displays a user interface onto the back of your hand. The watch can pick up input via a camera pointing at your hand. So, what are the possibilities? Well, for one, we might not need a screen on the next ...

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    I’d like to start this out by stating clearly that I am a diehard Pebble fan of epic proportions. No, I did not fund their original Kickstarter campaign BUT I was one of the first in line to purchase one from the store. Well to be fair, it was my wife that was first in line to buy one for me as an early Christmas present that year as I hadn’t shut up about wanting one for months. From that point forward you’d have been hard pressed to find me without the chunky plastic watch strapped to my wrist. I worked with it on, swam with it on, showered with it on, and pretty much did ...

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    Despite what you may hear and think of Motorola's warranty service, we think that the Moto 360 2nd Gen. smartwatches are more than decent choices for your Android Wear wants and needs. And while the Moto 360 Sport isn't necessarily our first choice for a fitness tracker, — possibly why it isn't on the Google Store anymore — you could definitely do far worse. If you're sold on buying a Moto 360, you might want to do so at Verizon for the next few weeks as the watches are the carrier's "Accessories of the Month". Every model's price tag has been slashed by $50, leaving prices at: Men's ...

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    Of course the CEO of Apple would hype up a market-leading product that it makes. That's part of his job. But Fitbit's CEO isn't having any of it. Let's rewind back to yesterday when Tim Cook appeared on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer. In the face of investors calling it a day for Apple's dominance, Cook insisted that they're all missing a point about what the company does with its products. Customers love Apple products. And the relationship doesn't stop with Apple when you buy an iPhone. It continues — you might buy apps across the App Store, you might subscribe to Apple Music, you ...

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    If a 44mm smartwatch makes sense for your wrist, you may interested in either Huawei Watch for Women — one is encrusted with Swarovski zirconia and named "Jewel" while the plainer one is named "Elegant." We got to know them at CES and it was a full month ago that the Google Store started listing, but not selling the two. Google's still not selling them, but Best Buy, Newegg and B&H are to varying extents. With Best Buy, it only has an entry for the "Jewel" on its site, though it looks more like the Elegant — the picture and the price of $449.99 are the tells. Orders will get ...

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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    Remember that redesigned, vastly improved Mi Band 2 activity tracker Xiaomi’s CEO so casually showcased well in advance of its formal announcement a few days ago? It turns out it’s not the only new wearable device cooked up by the “Apple of China”, which clearly needs to make some big changes and bold moves after exiting the top five smartphone manufacturer ranks for Q1 2016. A high-end Xiaomi Max phablet and LCD screen-sporting Mi Band 2 sound like a good start, with a full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Watch following sometime in the year’s second half in a bid for extra diversity and ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    It hardly seems controversial to suggest that Apple's working on new smartwatch hardware; after all, the original Apple Watch has been around for quite a while now, and Apple's sure to have come up with a few ideas in the interim on things it might like to do better. And certainly, we've heard plenty of rumors about just what form some of those changes might take. That said, there are plenty are unknowns when we start getting specific about which of these changes Apple's most likely to make, and maybe more importantly, when the company's likely to make them. Will this year only get a minor ...

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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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