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    One of the best parts of owning a smartwatch is being able to really make the wearable your own. While a regular watch may not offer much in the way of customizability besides picking out a new band, smartwatches open new doors for expression, not the least of which being your choice of watchface. Hundreds of such options are available for Android Wear devices, and beyond Google occasionally taking the time to highlight some of its favorites, we've also shared some of our own top picks with you. This week, Google's back with some more selections, showcasing seventeen stand-out watchfaces. ...

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    Does having a watch on your wrist feel a little … weird? Many of us smartphone users found ourselves abandoning watches years ago, since we were already carrying around these fancy gadgets that did a hell of a lot more than just tell the time. But now there's this new era of wearables upon us, and especially as popular devices like the Apple Watch debut, plenty of users who might have dropped their daily-wear watch habits are finding themselves returning to the world of wrist-borne accessories. But if you just can't get back on board with the idea of watches, there may be hope for you ...

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    The Motorola Moto 360 may be getting a little long in the tooth by this point, but some recent price cuts have served to help keep the Android Wear smartwatch on our short list of wearables worth wearing. The biggest problem, at least lately, has been software availability: while the new Android 5.1.1 Android Wear release had already started arriving for some of its competition, it was a no-show for the Moto 360. Back at the start of the month, Motorola confirmed the delay, blaming it on unsatisfactory performance and assuring users that it was working with Google to get things up to ...

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    It was over two years ago that we first strapped on the Pebble to get a taste of what the redefined wristwatch might be like – and after a quick jaunt with its metallic cousin the Pebble Steel, we’re ready to try out the true next generation: the Pebble Time. Despite the significance of this sequel, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble Time comes in much the same packaging as the original: a nondescript, Postal Service-ready cardboard box that tears open to reveal the watch itself, a charging cable, quick-start literature … and not much else. If the packaging has stayed constant, the ...

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    The smartwatch market is in the middle of some huge shifts. When 2014 got started, the major players looked like Pebble and Samsung, and Android Wear had yet to debut. The arrival of Google's smartwatch platform seriously shook things up throughout the year, and now we're in the middle of another big adjustment, as the Apple Watch goes after a whole new segment of shoppers in 2015. Understandably, all this motion means that dominance can quickly change hands, and we're seeing just how true that is in some new market figures produced by Strategy Analytics, demonstrating the extent to which ...

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    If you helped fund the release of the color-screened Pebble Time through the company's Kickstarter efforts, odds are good that you've either already got your new smartwatch in-hand, or it's on its way in the mail presently. But if you missed that chance to throw some cash down on a Pebble Time, your next shot is coming up soon: a couple weeks back, Pebble shared news about the start of public Pebble Time pre-orders, set to open on Monday, June 22. Today, as we wait for those pre-order to get started, new details arrive about just how the process will work, with Pebble scoring an exclusive ...

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    With CES and MWC, there's a lot of pressure on manufacturers to have new hardware ready to show off in the early months of the year. And while that means we get to check out all this new hardware in a short span of time, sometimes the desire to introduce new products gets ahead of the commercial realities of the situation – and we're left hearing about interesting new tech that leaves us waiting for months and months with no opportunity to buy it. That's proving very much to be the case for Huawei's new wearable, with the Android Wear-powered Huawei Watch still waiting to make its ...

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    Last week we told you about the progress the new color-screened Pebble Time was making towards getting into the hands of buyers, not only learning about upcoming pre-orders for regular retail sales, but also of shipments on their way out to Kickstarter backers. And by now, plenty of those backers have received their orders, and they're all ready to start trying out their new wearables. Or, at least, they would be, if they had access to the corresponding smartphone app. Despite Pebble's efforts, the iOS Pebble Time app isn't yet available, and the company spends a moment today explaining ...

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    LG launched its first round-screened smartwatch in the days leading up to IFA year, the G Watch R. Although the number-laden bezel wasn't for everyone, it did give LG what it needed to accomplish what Motorola couldn't: creating a round smartwatch without that “flat tire” obstruction at the bottom of the display. Months later, LG would would spruce up the wearable's design with the debut of the Watch Urbane at MWC, giving users a shinier, arguably more premium-looking alternative. But now that's looking less like a new option and more like the only choice from here on out, as LG puts a ...

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    Were you one of the many smartwatch fans who backed the Pebble Time when it hit Kickstarter back in February? Tens of thousands of you did, and the first shipments are on their way out this week, with the balance of them set to be in the mail by the middle of next month. But what if missed that early adopter window and didn't contribute to the project while the crowdfunding effort was underway? Worry not, for you'll have your own chance to get a Pebble Time order in soon. In addition to providing that update about shipping to backers, Pebble shares that Pebble Time pre-orders will open to ...

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    Android Wear is picking up more OEMs, more styles, and more users every passing day. These svelte wearables take a fairly robust microcomputer and cram it into a wristwatch - an impressive feat when you think about it. Despite all the technological capabilities built-in to these devices, first and foremost they are timepieces. As such, watch faces need to be simple, elegant, and informative. Some are better than others. Here are a few of my digital favorites. Background I was happy with the very rectangular Pebble (Kickstarter Edition), until I saw Android Wear and spring for the LG G ...

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    A little confused about the new big Android Wear update? We don't blame you. While Google first announced the software a month back, the only way to get it was with a brand-new LG Watch Urbane. And then then this week Google seemed to repeat itself, re-announcing the update (but at least finally in a way that made it clear that updates were heading out soon to existing hardware). But while these new release notes spelled out which models would get the promised WiFi support, some seemingly compatible smartwatches weren't on the list. In an effort to shed some light on what's going on, LG's ...

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    Do you find yourself among the lucky contingent of Apple Watch owners, those smartphones fans who have been able to score this still-hard-to-come-by wearable? Your Apple Watch obviously came with one band, but have you picked up any alternate options? If you're growing a little tired with your band's look, Apple is happy to sell you one of its many other designs right from its website, but depending on the style you choose, you could find yourself waiting two, three, even up to eight weeks. In case you don't list patience among your strong suits, it thankfully looks like a new option is ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Wouldn't you know it? We only just get done telling you about our experiences with the Apple Watch running its base Watch OS 1.0 software, and Apple's already out with an update. Distribution of Watch OS 1.0.1 is currently underway, with the 51.6MB release delivering a number of performance-related improvements. Let's take a look at exactly what's changing. Apple cites a number of features that should be working better after installing the update, including a lot of activity-based stuff like distance and pace calculations, calorie analysis, and measuring standing times. Siri also sees a ...

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    ASUS launched the first ZenWatch back at IFA last year, and ever since 2015 got rolling, the company's been talking about its plans for a follow-up. We heard that we could expect the smartwatch to arrive sometime in Q3, and that it should offer greatly improved battery life. Responding to rumors of possible delays, CEO Jerry Shen has now not only confirmed that the Q3 release timeframe is still on track, but that the company intends to introduce the ZenWatch 2 at Computex in early June. We also get an update on the battery situation, and while the dream of running a whole week on a single ...

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    Last spring, Android Wear got started with the announcements of the LG G Watch and the Motorola Moto 360, but it wouldn’t be until a few months later when the first hardware actually arrived. And while the Moto 360 would remain in the shadows until even later in the year, the G Watch found itself joined by another model as they marked the platform's commercial debut: the Samsung Gear Live. In the months that followed, LG released additional Android Wear models, but the Gear Live remained Samsung's sole Android Wear experiment. Now that experiment may be drawing to a close, as the Gear ...

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    With the arrival of the Apple Watch and its integration with Apple's Health app, the intersection between wearables and fitness is once again back in the public eye. And while for the moment it's Apple that's capitalizing most on this publicity, other players in the smartwatch game aren't about to let this opportunity pass them by. Last fall, Google formally got the ball rolling on Google Fit, its own health and fitness hub with tight ties to wearables, and today Google shares word of some new features its own tool is receiving. Apps like Google Fit are all about data, and beyond ...

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    One of the most frustrating problems about today’s smartwatches is that once their batteries run out, they’re pretty much useless. The biggest challenge that most of these companies face, is being able to give you a smartwatch that lasts for days, or even months. Charging these can also be a challenge, as not all mechanisms are either practical, or durable. All this said, what if a company approached things differently and focused on giving you a smartwatch that you wouldn’t have to recharge? Hong Kong-based Cogito is one of the few companies with a solution to that problem, but you ...

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    That the Apple Watch makes for a good heart rate monitor shouldn't be surprising. OK, sure it struggles to read your pulse through heavy tattooing, but this is an optical sensor – what did you expect when a bunch of ink gets in the way? But compared to the tiny sensors on many of the phones and wearables we've seen to date, the Apple Watch's is positively ginormous. It's over-engineered to the extent that it would work just fine as a pulse oximeter, delivering even more health data than it does now, should Apple ever implement such an ability in software. But as things stand now, ...

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    The Apple Watch has landed with a bang, and it's easy to see just how fervent early order intensity was; nearly as soon as we witnessed pre-orders open last month, ship times were already slipping further and further back. Apple's done an admirable job at chipping away at those shipping delays, but it ever see that kind of demand return? A new report suggests the initial wave of Apple Watch enthusiasm has passed, and consumer interest could be slowing down. Some industry analysts are already dialing back their projections for Apple Watch sales, to the tune of 10 million over the course of ...

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    Is “you're wearing it wrong” the new “you're holding it wrong?” Some new owners of the Apple Watch might find themselves wondering as much, as they struggle to get the smartwatch's optical heart rate monitor to function in certain cases. Following the wearable's commercial arrival, some users with tattoos covering their wrists reported that the Apple Watch struggled to get an accurate read through all that ink. Was this the way the smartwatch was supposed to work? Is there anything to be done about it? Now, Apple's finally acknowledging the matter, though without offering much in ...

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    Smartwatches can pack a ridiculous amount of tech into tiny spaces, and this is very much true for one of the latest wearables to hit the scene, the Apple Watch. We've already shared with you a teardown that documented the smartwatch's construction, from the Force Touch screen to the troubled Taptic Engine. But that stopped short when it came to one all-important component: the S1 “integrated computer” that powers the wearable. Now we've got a chance to peek under the hood there, too, as a decapsulation attack reveals the silicon hiding within. Unlike the system-on-a-chip that you'll ...

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    Nobody's going to accuse Motorola of not loving mom: last year Motorola sure threw plenty of sales, but it didn't forget to include Mother's Day on that list, and this time last year we saw the company discounting the original Moto X. Well, May is nearly upon us again, and with Mother's Day just another week or so out, it's time for another sale event. This year the big focus is on wearables, with Motorola knocking $70 off the price of the Moto 360. It's not the lowest price the smartwatch has ever hit, but it's in the same very affordable ballpark. Motorola's also got a bundle deal for ...

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    If you're anything like us, you juggle a lot of mobile devices – probably quite a few more than your average user. And while walking around armed to the teeth with the latest mobile hardware can be a lot of fun, not everything behaves quite so nicely when you're pushing the boundaries of typical use cases. That's been an issue with smartwatches, especially if you own more than one model. Thankfully, it's also something that's been on Google's radar to address, and today we learn about the new Google Play Services 7.3, delivering among other improvements support for multiple Android Wear ...

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