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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Our quaint little obsession with Casio has come to a head as the Android Wear watch we've been waiting for quite a while from the legacy electronics manufacturer is finally out. And while they all have the same insides for the same price, what's on the outside will depend on where you buy this watch from. The sexy-sounding WSD-F10, otherwise known in English as the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, is available for just about $500. Four outlets are selling them in the following colors: Casio is selling them in Black and Orange The Google Store is selling them in Orange and Olive Amazon has an ...

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    For a company that was slow to give its smartphone shoppers the choice of more than one color handset, and slower still to let them choose between sizes, it was a pleasant break from routine when we saw Apple deliver its first smartwatch with as many hardware options as it did: from case size, to choice of material, to band preference, the Apple Watch is just about as customizable a mobile device as you'll find. Now Apple's making it easier than ever to play around with finding the Apple Watch that's right for you, as the company introduces a new online gallery that's built for ...

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    On our podcast this week, we talked about how we've seen the doldrums of the smartwatch lately. Pebble is about to cut loose a quarter of its employees. Discounts are flying for the Gear S2. But we're still expected to believe that these things will be a thing. And so, the Google Store has decided to make some additions to its Android Wear ranks with the CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch getting its own product page. There's no orders, pre-orders or anything going on, not even a monitoring service you could subscribe to, just a product page. Supposedly, this thing will be on sale tomorrow, so ...

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    Pebble beat some of the biggest names in mobile to the smartwatch party, setting crowdfunding records when it first introduced the original Pebble smartwatch. Over the past three years, we've seen Pebble grow from selling that first-gen model to introducing the Pebble Steel, and later the color-screen Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round. That new hardware's been joined by a redesigned software experience, to say nothing of Pebble's own app and watchface ecosystem, and while this growth has been great to see, competition from major smartphone companies has only gotten ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 has been kicking around since making its debut back at IFA last summer, but being more than few months old hasn't done much to slow it down. Recently we've found ourselves looking at increased carrier availability of the Gear S2's cell-connected model, forthcoming iOS support, and even a great deal on refurbished models. Those refurbs may be pretty tempting offers if you're really interested in saving a buck, but what about smartwatch shoppers with the opposite concerns: those wanting a premium-above-all-else smartwatch and being willing to pay a pretty penny to get it? ...

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    We've got rugged, outdoor-friendly smartwatches on the mind this week, having just seen the Nixon Mission launch with its impressive water-resistance rating and all-new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. We couldn't help but draw comparisons between that model and Casio's own rugged WSD-F10, which launched back at CES in January. While we're still waiting for full details on how and when you'll actually be able to buy that Nixon watch, today we get an update about retail availability for Casio's model, as the company announces the pending start of US sales. When Casio first introduced the WSD-F10, ...

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    Has wearable tech buzz already started cooling down? While the past two years brought us no shortage of new smartwatch options, this year's crop of trade shows has so far left us little to be excited about. And back at CES in January, the only model that really grabbed our attention was the new Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch: a rugged model that really didn't look that much different from a standard digital watch for active users – while packing all the power of Android Wear. Now we're wondering if such rugged designs might just be the hot smartwatches to get this year as Nixon comes ...

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    Today's wearable market is a pretty darn competitive one, and it's not surprising to see manufacturers get very aggressive with smartwatch pricing. That means the availability of lots of sales looking to capture consumer attention – but for as much as we love getting a good price, constantly chasing the latest sale can be tiring. Thankfully, Pebble's ready to throw us a bone, today announcing some low prices that aren't just some temporary promotion, but represent new and improved value for both the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round going forward – and back. Those two Pebble Time ...

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    If HTC's MWC 2016 launches were the appetizer, we're only too ready for the main course to arrive, and HTC looks like it's plenty ready, too: just yesterday we saw the manufacturer start publicly teasing its next flagship model, expected to launch next month as the One M10. We're hoping to pick up lots of new official info on the phone as teasers continue, but until those get here, we're turning to a recent interview with company CEO Cher Wang and CFO Chialin Chang, where they offer a few tidbits about the One M10, while also touching on the long-standing rumors of an HTC smartwatch. ...

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    With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company's plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015's failures. LG's been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we've been ...

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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is just another month away, and word is that the Apple Watch will be taking the spotlight for at least part of the announcements. Some rumors suggest we could be looking at as little as new band hardware, while other reports point to some much more substantial news, including the launch of upgraded versions of the Watch itself. Changes could include improvements to the wearable's battery, a new SoC, or on the more extreme end, maybe even an integrated camera for FaceTime support. While we're still not sure just what we're getting, if you're nto afraid of being a ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    Wearables need to put up with a ton of abuse, and manufacturers go to some lengths to ensure that their products are ready to withstand the rigors of everyday use. For Apple, that meant giving its Apple Watch a tough scratch-resistant screen, either in the form of “Ion-X” glass on its more affordable Sport model, or a synthetic sapphire crystal on more premium editions. Even with that protection, though, accidents will happen – so whose fault is the damage, then? One Apple Watch owner in Wales didn't think that he should be liable for a crack that developed on the screen of his Apple ...

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    No matter which of the major smartphone platforms you call your favorite, you've got plenty of reasons to be excited these next few months. Android users are looking forward to some major flagship launches, and MWC will bring more than enough new hardware to usher them into spring. Windows aficionados have the looming arrival of Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing hardware to cheer about. And in the Apple camp, we've been hearing a lot about a rumored March event that could bring us not just the four-inch iPhone 5se, but also new Apple Watch hardware (even if it's just bands) and maybe ...

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    The smartwatch that doesn't exist, but will not die. After a lot of curiosity regarding the Taiwanese OEM's tablet habits, we've been chasing a potential HTC smartwatch for the past couple of years. For a company that typically manufactures quality hardware and software, mobile tech buffs were questioning why we haven't seen HTC in this vertical. Turns out those who were still waiting after we've given up all hope on even a fitness-focused smartwatch can maybe look forward to the month of April if leaker Evan Blass is to be believed. .@AnthonydFlemons Nope, but the watch should be out ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    You might not be swimming in enough money to afford a $10,000 smartwatch. Heck, you might not be rich enough to toss in $1,800 for a watch. But if you still want some special tech to strut on your wrist for $1,100, well, you don't have to travel far to get it. In the case of the Apple Watch Hermès up until this week, you did have to travel to a select few Apple and Hermès outlets to even check out the extravagant takes on the device, much less take it to checkout. On Friday, Apple's and Hermès's online stores will have the watches available for purchase. Prices remain unchanged ...

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    When Apple first got sales started of the first-gen Apple Watch last spring, how many of you said, “that's cool, Apple, and I like that you're finally getting into this smartwatch thing, but I'ma sit this round out, let you work out the kinks, and drop my cash on your second-gen model when that one comes out?” We don't blame you, especially considering how much Apple was asking users to pay for its wearable, but even with no new hardware out yet, we've already seen some important improvements come to the Apple Watch in the form of watchOS updates – most recently in the form of ...

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    While Martian's offerings in the smartwatch world do look a tad alien to what we consider the norm, they have their own ways of doing what many consider to be the job of a smartwatch — deliver notifications to you and help you spend less time with your phone. The Martian Notifier was close to being our favorite Pebble/Apple Watch/Android Wear alternative just short of the Runcible — but that thing hasn't even come out yet. And the company's now expanding upon its concept of merging a traditional watchface with a single-line display. This year at CES, the company's bifurcating its ...

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    Cellular networks have kept up with some of the smartwatch releases out there, especially the cell-connected variants. It went for the Gear S, the Gear S2 and what was to be the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE ... "was to be" was all it was, though. So, what does Verizon think it's doing selling Bluetooth-only smartwatches? Maybe its product philosophy now includes getting its subscribers fit without XLTE. Verizon announced that it'll be helping to "make those New Year's resolutions a reality" by adding two new fitness products to its inventory. The Moto 360 Sport is a little smartwatch ...

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    The Apple Watch is doing pretty okay as far as being a smartwatch goes. It has the name recognition and the price of an Apple product, though. So when it came to consumers compromising on value and prestige, many chose to get the Apple Watch Sport (the least expensive of the cases out there) with the Milanese Loop band (one of the more expensive ones). It's that kind of combination that catches fire with the public and as such, you'd expect more of the same, only better, right? Well, Apple gave us a little teaser of that same-but-better 42mm Milanese Band — this time in Space Black. As ...

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    Update: We have learned that the "Jewel" model case size is 44mm, to fit the cubic zirconia crystals onto the case. For people who deign to accessorize, you're probably male and don't care too much about details. Hey, some of us at Pocketnow are guilty, too. But for jet-setting, tech-savvy women who want to join in on this smartwatch revolution, your attention may come to bangles, the Apple Watch (because Apple), or the Gear S2. If you've been looking for some Android Wear watch options specifically, well, they've been hard to come by. That is, until the Huawei Watch for Women showed up at ...

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    A new year means an opportunity for a new start, and what better way to prepare yourself for what lies ahead than a fresh makeover? Maybe for you that means new clothes, or losing that holiday-season weight, but for Huawei it means bringing some new looks to last year's hardware, and it's doing just that with both the Nexus 6P and its Huawei Watch wearable. A couple weeks back we mentioned some rumors that the gold Nexus 6P, heretofore only available as an incredibly limited edition in Japan, could soon spread to other markets - and in particular, the US. Originally announced alongside its ...

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