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    For all the formal announcements of new products we've seen at CES 2015, some of the most exciting developments have come from model that aren't quite ready to step full-on into the spotlight yet. A couple days back, we learned of just such a stealth arrival, with a previously-unknown round-screened LG smartwatch spotted at an Audi presentation. Shortly thereafter, a report surfaced that claimed LG was working on a whole lineup of webOS-based smartwatches, adding fuel to the speculation that the model seen at CES wasn't running Android Wear after all. Now the whole picture is finally ...

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    CES 2015 is technically still in progress, but with no more big launches due, plenty of eyes are already turning to MWC in early March. A whole mess of new hardware is expected for the Barcelona expo, and in particular we've been talking about smartwatches a little. LG's tipped to be bringing a new circular model to introduce – the company's second, following the G Watch R – and now we're hearing about another player who could be planning to launch a round wearable of its own, as Samsung's tipped to be working on its first smartwatch with a circular display. The key components to this ...

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    Between HTC's partnership with Under Armour, that unannounced LG round-screened model, and numerous wearables that formally launched at CES this year, we've totally got smartwatches on the mind right now. That works out just fine for us, though, as a new smartwatch rumor has just hit our desk, talking about when we might expect to see the arrival of probably the most eagerly-anticipated wearable of the season, the Apple Watch. So far, numerous attempts have been made to nail-down just when Apple intends to get Watch sales started, but a firm ETA has been elusive. Now a new report looks at ...

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    Last year witnessed the proper dawn of the smartwatch, as new models, new manufacturers, and new system software all contributed into bringing a once-niche product as close to the mainstream as it's ever been. With all that progress, we expected to see the ball continue rolling into 2015, and so far CES has managed to give us a few new devices – watches like Alcatel Onetouch's, bands like Lenovo's, and new looks for old models like Sony's managed to deliver. But there are more smartwatches floating around Vegas than just those making their formal debuts, and one unannounced model has ...

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    Sony's CES 2015 press event is still a couple hours away, but it looks like one of the company's products has broken cover a little early: a new metal-banded edition of the Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3. The original post providing the image you see above has been withdrawn, but the pic sure appears to fit with the design language we know from the rubber wristbands we see on existing SmartWatch 3 options. The guts of the smartwatch should remain unchanged from the original – this looks to be just the new band. Beyond the band you see here, the watch would support interchangeable ...

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    When will you have the chance to buy Apple's first smartwatch? We've heard a few different theories for specific launch windows, but the only official word out of Apple has been “early 2015.” Will that mean February? Maybe March? We can't yet say, but the feeling that we're looking at a Q1 release has been a strong one. At least, that's the case in the US, but what's the outlook for Apple Watch sales elsewhere? There's still no hard answer to be found anywhere, but some recent changes to regional Apple Watch landing pages have begun to suggest a staggered rollout, with certain ...

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    It's been a long time coming, but smartphones that share the same hardware across disparate operating systems are finally starting to go mainstream. Sure, models like the HTC HD2 have managed to run nearly every OS under the sun thanks to a dedicated dev community, but we're talking commercial support here: like how HTC introduced that Windows Phone version of its One M8. Now Alcatel Onetouch is the latest to join that crew with a new tri-platform lineup of phones, as well as the arrival of a new, affordable smartwatch. The Pixi 3 can run your choice of Android, Firefox OS, or Windows ...

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    Tech pundits agree that 2015 will see wearable technology become a dominant player in the consumer electronics marketplace. You could get in on this trend early by entering to win The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. When you enter The Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch Giveaway, you have the opportunity to win one of three fantastic and already popular devices that run on the Android mobile platform. The winner will surely have a difficult time selecting their prize but, that person can rest assured that no matter which one they choose, they’ll ...

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    So here we are, a couple of years into the era of smartwatches. Apple, Google and Microsoft all have offerings on the table. We've already taken a look at where the smartwatch is excelling and where it's not.  Smartwatch progress has made these devices attractive, affordable, and very handy, but some things are still holding them back from being a mainstream device. One of the biggest blockers to widespread adoption is indecision. Well, let's take that off the table, shall we? If you’re skeptical of smartwatches, don’t be. If you flat out hate them and refuse to even try, well ...

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    With all the distractions modern life throws at us, it's so easy to find ourselves getting off-task. Sure, you were supposed to get that invite list for the party put together by this morning, but then the new Taylor Swift album dropped, and Far Cry 4 came out, and have you guys seen that how-to-gift-wrap-a-cat video on YouTube? Back in August, we were looking at a number apps that we thought were ideal for the back-to-school season, and that group included Todoist, perfect for keeping you on top of the tasks you need to complete. Today we check out a Todoist update, bringing the app ...

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    It is expected that 2015 will be the year that wearable technology will dominate the consumer electronics marketplace. The Apple Watch, slated to enter the market early next year, will be the one wearable that everyone is going to want to have. You could be one of the very first to own this sought after wearable if you win The Apple Watch Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store. The Apple Watch is poised to revolutionize the wearable technology sector as soon as it's deployed. Even though Apple has only given consumers a brief preview of the device, anticipation for its arrival is already ...

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    Android users who are shopping for a smartwatch are faced with a tough decision: Android Wear or not. OK, there's a lot more to it than just that, but the arrival this year of a cross-device smartwatch framework in Android Wear made some of the more limited alternatives start looking a bit less attractive. Sure, Samsung's got some interesting hardware, like watches with built-in cameras, but you can only use those with Samsung phones. And Pebble's been a favorite if you want a cross-device, cross-platform option, but will developer interest in Wear ultimately draw focus away from the ...

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    Last Wednesday, Google announced that a big update was on its way out to Android Wear users, with an Android 5.0 Lollipop release coming to give Wear new accessibility features and lay the groundwork for a new generation of watchfaces. Google expected the update to hit smartwatches everywhere within a week, and Motorola reached out to 360 owners to confirm an even speedier timetable, intending to update its hardware by yesterday. If you're still looking at a 360 with no update today, you're not alone, and Motorola has now responded to the delays with a revised ETA. Instead of that missed ...

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    It's time for Android Wear to join the first wave of Android phones on the journey to the latest and greatest system software; yesterday we heard a rumor that an Android 5.0-based update for Wear would start hitting smartwatches today, and Google's just gone ahead and made that news official, announcing the distribution of updates beginning today and continuing over the week to come. You won't need Android 5.0 Lollipop on your smartphone to take advantage of this new Wear software; anything 4.3 or better, and you're golden. And whether you've got an old Samsung Gear Live or the latest Sony ...

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    A few weeks back, a leak surfaced that attempted to reveal the next evolution of Android Wear, previewing some of the changes coming to the OS in the forthcoming Android 5.0 release for smartwatches. Those included some handy accessibility features, as well as the much-needed ability to recall previously-dismissed notifications. It all sounded great, but we didn't have much of an idea for just when we could expect Google to release it. There's still no official word, but a new rumor claims that distribution could begin as soon as tomorrow. So says the team at Phandroid, having heard from a ...

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    “But it's going to kill the battery. But I don't want to pay for a second cellular plan. But I always carry my smartphone on me, anyway!” Listen, not everyone's going to dig the idea of a smartwatch that pulls down its own cellular connection. And yes, there are a bunch of new issues that such products introduce. But as our experiences with the Samsung Gear S taught us, there can be a lot to love about models like this for the right users. We've already talked about the idea of LG joining Samsung with a cell-enabled smartwatch of its own, having spotted such a model at the FCC a couple ...

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    We're still months away from seeing the start of Apple Watch sales, but one thread that's been a pretty consistent part of rumors concerning how Apple intends to sell its first smartwatch have been this high-fashion, luxury angle: with all the different sizes, materials, and band options Apple intends to offer, to say nothing of the rumored multi-thousand-dollar price tags for the higher-end versions, it certainly looks like it would fit right in with such a market. While we don't yet have the full picture on Apple's intentions, new reports are doing their best to reinforce this idea, as ...

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    Tomorrow is December 6. And while that date may not mean a lot on its own, it marks the one month point from the official start of CES 2015, taking place in Las Vegas from January 6 through 9. Smartphone companies have already been getting their PR machines running, announcing plans for their respective CES press events: we heard from Sony a few weeks back, and earlier today we were talking about Xiaomi's plans. But now it's time for one of the biggest brands in mobile tech to schedule its own CES event, as Samsung clues us in to its pre-CES press conference. Samsung's event will start the ...

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    Samsung's Gear S is a very interesting smartwatch – there's little denying that much. From its curved screen to its integrated 3G radio, it clearly stands apart from the vast majority of its smartwatch competition. In a new blog post published today, Samsung attempts to remind us just how unique the Gear S is, talking about the decisions that led to its design. And while all that's very interesting, it also reveals a bit of tunnel vision wherein Samsung can't seem to see past its own product lines. Let's touch on those design choices first, because there really is some neat stuff here. ...

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    The thing about smartwatches in 2014 is that they're mostly all function-over-form. Just take a look at entries like LG's G Watch and even Sony's SmartWatch 3, and the first thing that pops into your mind is probably "smartwatch," not "fashion statement." As one can imagine, OEMs are hoping to change that as soon as possible, and it looks like Sony could be leading the charge. If a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources inside the company is correct, that change may come in the form of a Sony e-paper smartwatch next year. Whether the device would be a success or failure is ...

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    It's that time of year again: bargain-hunters bundle up for a long night out in the cold, armed with a vacuum flask full of coffee and a checklist of the stores they'll be hitting. Retail employees let out a resigned sigh as they prepare to begin a single shift that starts somewhere around Wednesday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. And if you're anything like us, you're staying warm at home, probably watching way too much Netflix, and hoping to snag a few good deals online. That's right – it's Black Friday time. What used to be a single day of retail hedonism has mutated ...

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    Well this was inevitable: owners of smartwatches are eager to configure their wearables to reflect the latest styles, and watchface galleries have been quick to spring up and offer users a broad selection of options. But where do all these designs come from? Plenty are full-on originals, but you won't have to look hard to find faces mimicking designs from TV, movies, and video games, as well as those copying the style of popular “dumb” watches. And while Rare might be cool with people rocking a Goldeneye 007 watch layout, luxury brands like Omega aren't being so accommodating, and have ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Pebble's facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It's not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well. The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you're often ...

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    The start of Apple Watch sales is still a long way off, giving us plenty of time to play our favorite new game: predict how strongly Apple's smartwatch will sell. After all, this is a product very unlike anything the company's given us before, and while it has its excellent reputation to rely on, as well as its crack marketing team, convincing shoppers to go out and try something new can be a tricky maneuver. One week back, we looked at rumors coming out of Apple's own supply chain that suggested the company was planning to sell something like 30-40 million units. Now a new analyst report ...

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