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    Pebble's latest smartwatch has been charming us for weeks now, as the color-screened Pebble Time took an already successful smartwatch and only managed to improve upon it. We've been busy checking out recent developments like the start of retail sales, as well as talking about some of our favorite customization options, and now we get word of Pebble's latest effort to fine-tune the Time user experience, upon the release of a new Pebble Time firmware and updated Android app. The new Pebble Time 3.2 firmware delivers a number of worthwhile changes and new options for the watch's settings, ...

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    ZTE may already have launched its flagship Axon smartphone in the US last week, but it's been clear that the story behind this handset was far from over. After all, just yesterday we caught wind of a seemingly upgraded version of the Axon for China, enjoying the addition of a fingerprint scanner. Today we get the full picture on the Axon lineup as ZTE introduces a series of models for the Chinese market, including a smartwatch. First we have the Axon proper, picking up a fingerprint scanner which the US version didn't have, but seeing its RAM drop at the same time to just 3GB. There still ...

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    Slowly but surely, Pebble's latest wearables have been becoming available to more and more shoppers. We're still in the Pebble Time phase of deployment – Pebble Time Steel will be on its way soon, though – and have been moving past initial shipments fulfilling crowding commitments to the first steps towards broader retail availability, with Best Buy accepting Pebble Time pre-orders. Today that path to retail sales reaches its inevitable conclusion, as Pebble shares word of the Pebble Time coming to Best Buy and Target stores. In addition to accepting orders online, both retailers will ...

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    While smartphone makers from Apple, to Motorola, to Samsung (and more) have all expanded into the world of smartwatches, other manufacturers are taking a more tempered approach, testing the waters with devices that are closer in construction and feature set to fitness trackers to full-on smartwatches: firms like HTC and Motorola fall into that camp. Last fall the latter brought us the Microsoft Band, a cross-platform wearable with a focus on exercise and health. Recently, we've been hearing that Microsoft could be in the midst of developing that model's follow-up, and today we get ...

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    For several months back there around the early part of the year, rumors had been landing pretty regularly about a round-screened Samsung smartwatch, codenamed Orbis and tipped to possibly launch as the Gear A. And while we've yet to see the wearable go official, or even get a look at the actual hardware, Samsung's as good as confirmed the project, releasing an SDK for round-screened watches that identifies this circular form factor as the company's choice for “the next Gear.” Now as we wait for an official announcement, a new leak attempts to give us a better idea of what to expect ...

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    I wasn't really expecting much of the Apple Watch when it first came out. That is, in terms of sales. And while plenty of analysts took their turns at blowing the bubble (only to pop it themselves), the market at-large was still in discussion on what the hell wearables are. I mean after all, I can just use my phone to do that, right? Slice Intelligence dialed back expectations with a report claiming average daily sales in the US have fallen below 10,000 units. A sales curve like that will naturally continue to go down unless Apple can retool what it has right now or relaunch with the ...

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    The color-screened Pebble Time has been shipping out to its crowdfunding backers for several weeks now, and we've even seen general pre-orders open to the public at large. And while that edition of the smartwatch may be here, we're still waiting for its metallic cousin, the Pebble Time Steel. When Pebble announced the smartwatch back in the early days of March, it promised shipments would start going out sometime in July. With the month nearly half over, today Pebble's following things up with some new info about how and when Pebble Time Steel will finally become available. The good news ...

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    Over the past few months, we've gotten to know the Apple Watch. We've worn the smartwatch on our wrists, used it to interact with our iPhones, and become familiar with all it has to offer. So while the wearable itself may be quite known to us, there's a bigger picture question that's so far remained elusive, as we've tried to get a sense of what kind of sales the Apple Watch is seeing. At least, while most accounts have suggested strong initial performance, questions have surfaced over just how sustainable those sales might prove to be over the long term. While we still don't have any ...

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    The Pebble Time is one of the hottest new smartwatches to hit the market, and though we've already reviewed it and compared it to Android Wear, reviews only get you so far. Sometimes using a product as a normal consumer goes beyond what specs it has or how it holds up against similar products. There are small things that we don't mention in our reviews, like the strong vibration feedback from the Pebble Time compared to other smartwatches, because they're minor enough that they don't necessarily affect the end user experience — but small changes are still worth noting somewhere, right? ...

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    The new color-screened Pebble Time has landed, and we've been spending the last few weeks covering the smartwatch's arrival. The original Pebble (and Pebble Steel) already offered users a lot of customization options with the help of alternate watchfaces, and the debut of the color display with this generation only opens the door for more variety. Beyond that, you can always swap out the band for another 22mm option. But if even that's not enough for you, and you crave further control over the way your smartwatch looks, dbrand may have just what you need, as it reveals its new modular ...

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    As fun as it can be to marginalize and criticize them, smartwatches are magical pieces of technology. From something as mainstream as an Apple Watch to something as fringe as a Cogito Classic, today’s wristborne wearables are modern miracles of miniaturized intelligence. As I say at the top of every Pocketnow Weekly podcast, these real-life tools are the manifestation of many childhood dreams, mine included … and it’s incredible to stop and think about just how complex they really are. All of which makes it doubly frustrating when these supposedly “smart” devices screw ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers and upstarts like Pebble may have led the charge for the initial waves of smartwatches, but now we're at a place where traditional watchmakers are finally coming around to getting involved. That includes companies like Tag Heuer, which is gearing up to start sales of its own Carrera Wearable 01 later this year. And while we're very much looking forward to seeing what the company can put together, that model's going to be a very expensive prospect, selling for around $1400. Today we're talking about another established watch brand* that's looking to jump on this ...

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    Huawei introduced its round-screened (and aptly named) Huawei Watch back at MWC this past winter, and with a clean design and some attractive material choices, the Android-Wear-powered smartwatch very much piqued our interest. Really, the biggest thing that's been standing between this wearable and it finding some real success may just be availability: so far we haven't seen Huawei putting it up for sale anywhere, and in at least some markets it could be another few months away. But even as we wait for the Huawei Watch to make its retail debut, the company has been putting together some ...

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    If you've been following along for the past few weeks, you know I've been a little busy – too busy to focus on the latest Android Wear developments, in fact. But that doesn't mean I've been oblivious to the goings-on in Google's wearable world: during my review period with Pebble Time I took all kinds of mental notes on how the new smartwatch compared to Android Wear. During that time, I watched our editor-in-chief's LG Watch Urbane review video ... and all I kept coming back to was this: You don't have to feel bad if this is making you laugh. The first time I saw it, I too took a ...

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    The launch of the first Galaxy Gear back in summer 2013 marked the beginning of what would prove to be a major wearables effort from Samsung, ultimately bringing us models like the Gear Fit and Gear S. And while the manufacturer's been on a bit of a smartwatch hiatus lately, we've got big hopes for what the future might bring, especially with the round-screened Gear A (aka Orbis) on the horizon. But when it comes to a prolific smartwatch maker like Samsung, how do we really quantify its interest in the market? Counting the number of models it's released? Looking at sales totals? Today ...

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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other (less-awesome) thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I wore the Apple Watch Sport for the better part of last month as preparation for our ...

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    Manufacturers are having a lot of fun with off-kilter phone designs these days, bringing us models with curved bodies or those with over-the-edge screens. And in order to take full advantage of cavities within these curved handsets, we've seen the development of some interesting battery designs, similarly shaped to offer an optimal fit. But it's not just phones that are playing with new form factors, and smartwatches have really been embracing the idea of non-rectangular designs, heralded by last year's launch of the Moto 360. With more such wearables on the horizon, LG has been working to ...

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    So much for inspiring my weight loss journey. The Huawei TalkBand B2 was marketed to us here in the US as a spartan device for spartan athletes and/or white collar workers. It promised a ton of features, but its missions were fairly simple: enable you to track your exercise and to interact with media and calls hands-free. A fitness band and a Bluetooth headset. Plain and simple. Did Huawei live up to its promises? We had a quick taste early on in our review period, but maybe it's time we dive a bit further. The fitness band Thermoplastic Polyurothene is the band material on our black ...

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    Across mobile platforms, smartwatch makers are eager to embrace the possibilities offered by health-related apps and services. After all, fitness trackers are a huge component of the current wearables market, and smartwatches allow manufacturers to pair a fitness tracker's sensors with advanced software and communications capabilities. That all makes for a prime environment for gathering and analyzing all sorts of personal health data, bringing us the likes of Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. But Google has some even grander ambitions than just helping you lose that winter weight, and the ...

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    When we first learned that Pebble was returning to the crowdfunding route for the new color-screened Pebble Time, we weren't sure quite what to think. Wasn't crowdfunding more for upstarts, not companies that had already established themselves on the market? But just hours later, our concerns quickly evaporated as the funding total hit millions upon millions of dollars. That's great news for Pebble, but with the campaign now closed, what's a smartwatch fan who missed all that excitement to do? Well, a little under a month back we learned about the forthcoming start to general pre-orders ...

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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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