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    Samsung's newest Gear is also its most ambitious. The Gear S smartwatch packs a curved two-inch display, IP67 ingress protection, and a custom Tizen UI into a cuff-like wristband that weighs in at a surprisingly airy 66g. Oh, and it packs cellular and WiFi connectivity along with the usual Bluetooth. That last important detail makes the Gear S more than just your typical smartwatch. As we discovered during our first hands-on at IFA 2014, the Gear S is capable of fully independent operation, smartphone or no. Sure, you still need a smartphone to set it up –and a Samsung one at that– ...

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    There's a new iOS beta out for devs this afternoon, only this time around the interesting stuff doesn't really involve new features for the iPhone or iPad, but for Apple's burgeoning wearable platform, the Apple Watch. With the release of the WatchKit framework today, Apple is giving devs the tools they need to start crafting the software that users will first interact with when the smartwatch goes up for sale early next year. And in doing so, Apple's offered the rest of us a little insight into the types of app experiences we can expect. Well, at least some of this falls into “app” ...

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    Sometime early next year, be that the tail end of winter or the early days of spring, Apple will start selling its Apple Watch. With three primary models, each available in a couple sizes and with your choice of bands, there's going to be plenty of selection to go around. Between all the options, will you find a Watch that's compelling enough to make a purchase? Apple looks to be expecting some pretty substantial interest, with industry rumors reporting an initial sales target of 30-40 million of these smartwatches. That figure comes from sources apparently involved in the production of ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop is bringing a lot of important changes to smartphones and tablets, but this year has seen wearables also emerge as an important part of the Android ecosystem. What does the new software hold for Google's smartwatch lineup? Yesterday we got a preview of some Material Design changes coming to the Android Wear app for phones, and today this early look continues, with a leak continuing to reveal new features, including some on the watch side of things. Some of those changes to the Android Wear software on smartwatches appear to include the arrival of new accessibility ...

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    Sony surprised us all at IFA 2014 this year when it announced its SmartWatch 3. Well, we had heard that the product was gearing up to make its debut, sure enough, but rumors suggested that Sony would pull a Samsung with the SW3 and that its smartwatch would continue to run a proprietary platform, rather than the cross-device Android Wear. That ultimately turned out not to be the case, with the SW3 confirmed as a full-on Wear product. Since then we haven't had much cause to talk about the SmartWatch 3, which has quietly gone up for sale at Verizon in the interim. But now Sony's wearable has ...

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    We work with so much technology every day that sometimes it’s mind-boggling. At times you don’t even know how to feel about a product coming out. The Amazon Echo is one example – how am I supposed to feel about this thing. It sure looks cool but is it? Sometimes you have expectations about something. That was the case with me with smartwatches. I really, really wanted a smartwatch. And then I got one. I’ve been using the Moto 360 now for a couple of months. It’s really great tech, but as my rebuttal review headline read, it’s “flawed beauty”. There’s a lot that the Moto ...

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    We may not have counted on it going in, but this week is proving to be a pretty substantial one for smartwatches, and Android Wear in particular. Just yesterday we saw the LG G Watch R go up for sale in Google's Play Store, as well as Motorola introduce some new hardware options for its own Moto 360. Today we finish the week out with news of another Android Wear model going up for sale, as we learn about ASUS's plans to start making its ZenWatch available in the US. Last we checked in on the ZenWatch, we weren't quite sure what to think about its retail debut. We still hadn't seen ...

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    Did you get your Nexus 6 pre-order in during that all-too-short window in which they were open yesterday? Or maybe earlier today when Motorola itself had its own pre-orders open (which, to little surprise, have already closed)? Well, even if you missed your shot, Google intends to make some more stock available next week, but in the interim it's got a few new additions to its Play Store offerings, adding a few Nexus 6 accessories and a smartwatch to the products available for sale. Let's start with the Nexus 6 stuff: we've got a pair of cases to check out. First is the Naked Tough Case, a ...

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    When Motorola announced the start of sales for the Moto 360, you could pick up the smartwatch in a couple different shades of stainless steel, each with its own leather strap option. What we didn't get, though, were the promised metal straps, told that they'd be arriving sometime this fall, both as a default choice for new 360s and an accessory for already purchased models. Since then we've seen leaks indicating a possible November release, as well as a new color option, with the smartwatch appearing in champagne, complete with a matching band (and in two different thicknesses, no less). ...

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    By all accounts, the release of the Apple Watch is still many months away – and to hear the latest rumors, even that anticipated early 2015 start to sales may not be quite so “early.” But eventually, the smartwatch will go up for sale, and based on Apple's reputation alone, it's almost guaranteed to sell like hotcakes. When that happens, though, just how much will you find yourself shelling out for one of these wearables? We've heard rumors talking about the possibility of a sky-high price for the premium gold Watch Edition model, as well a quite-pricy-in-its-own-right steel version, ...

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    The smartwatch market is already full of some healthy competition, and with new devices like the Apple Watch over the horizon, that's only going to get fiercer. Right now, the various players are competing in terms of software features, hardware style, and price, but for all the success they can find in those fields, there's one issue that nearly everyone continues to struggle with: battery life. Companies have attempted to mitigate the issue with the largest batteries they can manage to squeeze into their wearables, as well as giving their hardware convenient wireless charging ...

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    When, oh when, will Apple fans be able to finally slap the company's upcoming wearable on their wrists? When the Apple Watch launched in early September, the manufacturer didn't have a lot of firm information to share regarding plans for the smartwatch's release, saying little more than that sales would begin sometime early next year. Well, what the heck's “early” supposed to mean, anyway? First month of the year? First half of the year? A few weeks after the Apple Watch went official, we heard some rumors that Apple might be envisioning a start date for sales that would make the watch ...

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    Burned-out on AT&T sales announcements by now? Today we've already heard about the carrier's plans for the Galaxy Note Edge, Desire Eye, Lumia 830, and more, and even with all those devices out of the way, it turns out that we're still not done. For (what we're sure hoping is) the carrier's final bit of release news of the day it's turning its attention to wearables, sharing word of the start of sales for LG's G Watch R and settling the question about what pricing's going to look like for the latest round-screened Android Wear model. Online sales of the G Watch R start up this coming ...

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    Samsung's new Gear S smartwatch bucks trends in more ways than one, giving users not just a curved wrist-hugging display, but also a wearable with integrated cellular connectivity. We saw the smartwatch launch back around IFA-time, and a few weeks later we started picking up on news about the model's path towards a US release. What we didn't have, though, were a lot of details, including pricing and specific timing. Today our answers begin to pour in, and both AT&T and T-Mobile are talking about getting Gear S sales started early next month. AT&T will be first out of the gate, ...

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    A little over a month ago, we got what sure seemed to be an early look at a new flavor for the Moto 360, as Motorola was spotted showing off a 360 with an unmistakable golden tinge to its metal body. When confronted about the pic, Motorola removed the image from its servers, and while the company remained cagey about its ultimate intentions for a golden 360, acknowledged that it liked to experiment with different materials and confirmed that new styles for the Moto 360 would be available in the future. We've yet to see that golden 360 go official, but it sure came close earlier today, as ...

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    The entertainment industry's got a bit of a love/hate relationship with tech. While the rise of portable devices, higher-than-ever internet speeds, and ubiquitous connectivity, it's become incredibly easy these companies to sell you content. Suddenly feel the urge to watch Caddyshack? Hop on a service like Google Play Movies, and you're just a tap or two away from a streaming copy. But that same tech also makes it easy for pirates to capture and distribute extremely high-quality copies of the same media. As such, media companies have taken a hard-line stance against tech they view as ...

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    Those in search of a round-faced smartwatch have a new possibility to consider as they stalk the shelves of their favorite online retailer. LG's newest piece of Android Wear-powered kit is a stocky circle of stainless steel with a leather strap and a perfectly round P-OLED screen that even Motorola's gotta be envious of. We're going to be taking a long look at the G Watch R next week as part of our review treatment, so we'll save our detailed impressions for that video (and the Moto 360 comparison that will likely precede it). For now, we'll say that the G Watch R is the brawniest ...

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    A week back, we checked out a leak that suggested a new smartwatch was on the horizon: not a new Android Wear model, nor Apple wearable, and not the rumored Microsoft smartwatch, either. Instead, we were to see Fitbit move beyond more basic fitness trackers to offer a full-featured smartwatch to call its own, the Fitbit Surge. Sure enough, today the company goes official with the Surge, as well as two new fitness trackers, the Charge and Charge HR. Considering how these models build upon the feature sets of each other, it makes sense to start with the most basic, the Charge. The company ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    Motorola found itself facing some fresh competition on the smartwatch front a couple months back, as LG tossed its hat in the ring with the G Watch R. In the time since, we've seen LG's round-faced smartwatch debut in the manufacturer's native South Korea, but what of international plans? When are all of us in the West going to get a shot at a round Android Wear without the Moto 360's not-a-big-deal-but-yeah-it's-there “flat tire.” In a new blog post this week, LG shares what's next for the G Watch R, starting with Europe. Beginning early next month, in just a couple more weeks, sales ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has created a lot of positive buzz for Apple, that doesn't change the fact that not even Cupertino knows when it'll launch the product. This poises a great opportunity for all smartwatch competitors in order to step their game up, and a perfect time to innovate based on what we already see in Android Wear and the Pebble as well. Microsoft is one of those companies that's been rumored to launch a smartwatch for the longest time, and today we get some more information. Credible sources claim that Microsoft is already in advanced stages to be able to announce a ...

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    A little less than a month ago I wrote an article titled "Why I haven't bought the Moto 360 - yet" in which I detailed why I hadn't made the jump from my LG G Watch to the smartwatch from Motorola. I concluded that the round face was just too small a jump to justify replacing the G Watch with the Moto 360, especially given its shortcomings in battery life and performance. That was weeks ago. Then, just last week, Pocketnow Reader Christer Nilsen was watching my Kyocera Hydro Life unboxing video and noticed something interesting - yes, there I was with a silver Motorola Moto 360 on my ...

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    Back in the summer, before Apple launched its Apple Watch and when Android Wear was only just seeing its third model announced, we were talking about the idea of a Microsoft smartwatch – one that was said to come out this very month, in fact. Those rumors may have seriously cooled down in recent months, but Microsoft is still clearly thinking a lot about smartwatches. Over the weekend, news of a surprising smartwatch effort from the company emerged, not in the advancement of any Microsoft-branded wearables, but as it shared word of an experimental keyboard it had baked up for Android ...

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    Tomorrow is almost sure to bring us announcements of new HTC hardware, what with its “double exposure” event on our calendar (and don't forget to check back with us tomorrow afternoon for details of everything the company has to share), and while we're expecting the firm to branch out into uncharted territory with products like that RE camera we've seen teased, there's at least one thing we're not particularly likely to get news of: an HTC smartwatch. While the idea of such a device goes back a while, recent rumors have been all over the place, first saying that multiple models were ...

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    Android Wear as a platform may still be in its infancy, but it's already attracting a growing number of interested manufacturers. From those early days of LG and Motorola we've already seen Samsung hop on board, and IFA last month brought ASUS into the fold with its ZenWatch. We were optimistic that the ZenWatch would become the extreme budget-priced alternative to $200+ Android Wear models, but pricing info available at launch didn't really seem to back that up. Would the situation change before sales of the watch began? We're finding ourselves cautiously optimistic as we pick up some new ...

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