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    While the Nixon Mission goes on sale this season as a water-treading debutante and the ASUS ZenWatch 3 evolves the company's commercial philosophy on smartwatches, the Android Wear platform will not be further bolstered by three of its major players this year. CNET has confirmed that LG, Huawei and the Motorola subsidiary of Lenovo will not have new releases until at least 2017. For LG, that leaves the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE as its latest Android wearable, released last November only to be taken from store shelves and re-released this March. Huawei launched its Elegant and Jewel ...

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    It's a chunky smartwatch with understated looks that's built for action. And we're finally seeing the ship date and price tag on it. Let's re-introduce you to Nixon's first Android Wear smartwatch, the Mission. It's one of the first to come with Qualcomm's wearable-dedicated Snapdragon 2100 chipset along with 10 ATM (100m) water resistance. The 400 x 400 circular AMOLED screen can be used with wet fingers. There's GPS, a microphone, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, an e-compass, gyrometer, accelerometer and a humidex sensor on this beast. While you may shirk at the omission of a heart ...

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    While Apple and watchOS 3 may nab Pokemon GO on the go first, Android Wear should not be too far behind. In fact, there's code in the full Android version of the app that references the Pokemon GO Plus accessory, due out this week, and what hardware it'll work with. Pokemon GO Hub was able obtain and decompile version 0.37.0 of the app, finding code in the "pokemongoplus" project mentioning Android Wear with indications that the code is release ready. Support is available for Android Wear watches tethered to either Android smartphones or iPhones. Connections between the app and the watch ...

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    No more five-digit checkouts on the Apple Store — for an Apple Watch, at least. The gold case, branded as the Apple Watch Edition for Series 1 of the product and costing $10,000 for the 38mm case, has been discontinued. In fact, even the regular Apple Watch stainless steel case is gone from the online store. All that's left is the aluminium case in both 38mm and 42mm sizes with the Sport bands. The most expensive Apple Watch listed on the site will be available for pre-order tomorrow: the Apple Watch Edition of Series 2. The white ceramic case will be $1,249 for the 38mm case and ...

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    The second series of Apple Watch has been announced. It runs watchOS 3 and you can literally swim with it. Like most water-resistant watches, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition are rated for 50 meters of ingress. With any device that has a speaker, this is where the main ingress concerns are as a speaker requires air to propagate sound. Apple has redesigned the speakers to push water out if any gets in. Swimmers also get two workout modes in Apple Health. The Apple S2 system package includes a dual-core processor that's 50 percent faster and a GPU that provides ...

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    On Wednesday, Apple will gather the press together while the rest of us crowd up the event livestream to show off the latest in mobile hardware and software for the company's ecosystem. In other words, it's the iPhone, stupid. This year's iPhone 7, suspected to have come in three flavors and a congested name at one point, may take many Apple fans big and small by surprise — even though we've been talking about it for months and months at this point. But if you happen to be getting on the train during the moment before "the iPhoning" on September 7, don't worry about it. We have you ...

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    Even as tech companies get savvy about style, not everyone will want to strap gadgets from Apple or Samsung to their arms. Fashion designer Michael Kors might have a solution for folks who want a more glamorous approach to wearable technology. It's an attempt to blend the smartwatch basics into a shell which consumers are already familiar with. The Bradshaw and Dylan watch styles are two of Michael Kors most popular options. Now they come with variants running Android Wear. Here's our first look at the Bradshaw and Dylan variants of the Michael Kors smartwatch! Michael Kors Smartwaches ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    Update: This story has been updated with information from the launch event. With all due respect to other companies' wearables to be showcased at IFA Berlin this year, the only real smartwatch of Note (heh) that's garnered enough buzz to be watched is Samsung's Gear S3. Two variations were launched at an event in Belin The Gear S3 classic, showing off a more traditional wristwatch form factor and it looks like a traditional wristwatch, too The Gear S3 frontier, a darker, more rugged-looking watch for explorers Design came first in focus for the company to make a smartwatch the ...

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    Huami, Xiaomi's lifestyle brand, has made some fairly simple fitness trackers, including one that's been plagued with delays. But maybe a whole new crowdfunded beast can paper over sins of the past. Meet the Amazfit. The case is made from ceramic and houses a 1.34-inch circular display with a 300 x 300 resolution. It's rated for IP67 water and dust protection and takes 22mm bands. There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Other parts include a heart rate monitor, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Plus, the GPS is said to be the first one in a 28nm form factor. ...

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    The FCC has not published any regulatory documents related to the iPhone 7 or the Apple Watch 2 just yet. But, according to at least one Russian tech outlet, the Eurasian Economic Commission has taken a look at those devices and another one that has to do with the lack of a headphone jack on that new mobile phone. Documents dug up by mobiltelefon.ru show up product listings with internal product codes for certain devices running on "iOS 10" and "watchOS 2". In terms of what would be iPhone materials, it seems that we're only getting two devices, not three this year. We presume that the ...

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    Walmart isn't known for its marketplace tendencies, but it does list products from third-party sellers on its site for sale. It's no Amazon, yet every so often, you get a little pleasant surprise or two. No, not always low prices, always. A company named Talkie Tech has listed two- and three-packs of iLLumi-branded screen protectors for the Samsung Gear S3. Promotional pictures may seem to show off the design of a Gear S3. SamMobile reports of three variants: the Classic, the Frontier and the Explorer. We figure that if there's any kernel of truth to these pictures, we may be seeing the ...

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    Bokeh balls hint at the cap of Apple's iconographic motif on Apple's events page. When's the freshly scheduled event happening? September 7. Next Wednesday will be the day that Apple will likely debut the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as we've been calling them. The event, which will be livestreamed, will happen at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern. We also expect iOS 10 and various other Apple software platforms get finalized and announced for release and maybe even an Apple Watch 2 to be talked about. There are supposedly new MacBook Pro devices in the works, but they will be passed up for a ...

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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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