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    Audio output on smartwatches is a pretty contentious point. Some users are more than happy with the level of notifications they enjoy now, and aren't particularly looking forward to a future where every app on your watch is constantly beeping at you. Others welcome the possibilities audio output affords, and manufacturers sure seem to be on their side. Earlier this year, we saw Android Wear manufacturers start building speakers into their wearables, even if support wasn't yet present on the software side. We've already seen progress in that direction on the platform level, and now the ...

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    When you're just four days out from the new year, you know it's time to whip your head over your shoulder and give a longing look at what you've been through before you close the door. We do it all the time since we're nostalgia freaks, but especially this week. We have today our top three wearable picks of 2015. While all of them are smartwatches (as opposed to, say, VR wear or fitness bracelets), the ones we chose are quite disparate in the look-and-feel department as well as software. And it's not that we're recommending these devices for you to buy right the heck now: it's just these ...

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    Whether you're running Android Wear or watchOS, connect over Bluetooth or 3G, or paid $150 or $1500, pretty much all smartwatches share one thing in common: we'd love their batteries to last longer. Manufacturers do the best they can with a combination of space constraints and performance demands, and while some really succeed in making charge-ups as convenient as they can be, every time we strap a smartwatch on we know that we've only got a day – or maybe a few – before we're plugging it back in to recharge. With the Gear S2, Samsung's already brought its wearable some important ...

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    When it comes to giving shoppers a lot of variety in its product designs, Samsung may be no Motorola, but it still manages to offer a fair assortment of color options. It feels like we're always seeing the manufacturer come out with some new shades for its smartphones, like the two new Galaxy Note 5 options we got a couple months back, and now it may be nearly ready to bring some new variants to its smartwatch lineup, as we hear of two new colors that could be just about to hit the Gear S2 family. Right now, shoppers have their choice of three Gear S2 looks: there's the Gear S2 proper in ...

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    The Huawei Watch took a unique corner of the smartwatch market: luxury fit-and-finish with Android Wear inside. It's not a Tag Heuer watch, but it seemed fitting for it to go at the Apple Watch, at least so far as the Apple Watch Sport goes. Women have had to dread smart wristwear — including the Huawei Watch — for the longest time as designers seemed to have completely ignored their sizing needs and styling wants. According to some sources, it seems that Huawei may have finally listened and is ready to go at CES with some Huawei Watches that have a little more femme flair in mind. New ...

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    Smartwatches are a super-attractive gift this holiday season, and manufacturers are doing everything they can to make sure it's their models we're putting under the tree. Pebble's been really standing out over the course of the last few weeks, both thanks to some great deals on various models – including an only very recent price cut on the new Pebble Time Round – as well as promises of a major software update about to hit first-gen models, with public beta testing of the new timeline interface getting started just under a week ago. It turns out that Pebble's not wasting any time in ...

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    Before LG attempted to bring us the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE – a smartwatch with a ton of promise that was mysteriously pulled from sales nearly as soon as it became available – we had the the first-gen Watch Urbane. Going up for sale back in April the smartwatch is still relatively young, and we found a lot to like about the wearable when performing our review, from its premium metal construction to high-quality OLED display. If there was one big negative to the Watch Urbane, though, it had to be the price: at $350, it's one of the pricier Android Wear options out there, and ...

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    How many children of the '80s first laid eyes on a calculator watch only to immediately think, “I'm never going to flunk a math test again?” Maybe you got away with a few surreptitious sums before the teacher caught on, but unless you had a really fancy model, it probably wasn't long before the math you were learning became a little more advanced than a cheap watch could handle. These days, though, we're well into the era of smartwatches, and between native apps and wireless connectivity, the sky's practically the limit for what they're capable of pulling off. Now teachers are catching ...

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    With the introduction of the Pebble Time earlier this year, Pebble unveiled a new look for its smartwatches. We're not just talking about the color screen on the Time, either, as the model debuted running version 3.0 firmware, complete with support for a new timeline interface. Every since, we've been wondering when Pebble might get around to bringing the same interface to older Pebble models, and about a month back we learned that the manufacturer was preparing to get a beta test going sometime in December. Today, Android users get their chance to participate, as sign-ups open to test ...

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    Apple first unveiled the Apple Watch well over a year ago, showing off the smartwatch during its September 2014 iPhone 6 launch event. With our appetites sufficiently whetted, we spent the next few months waiting patiently for the chance to finally get our hands on the wearable, before it ultimately arrived in April. But for as well-received as the Apple Watch was, some critics still saw the smartwatch as a work in progress, and looked forward to Apple's second-gen effort. We've been hearing talk about a possible Q2 2016 ETA for such a model, but hadn't picked up many specifics about those ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch is packing some special hardware inside its case, and unlike the vast majority of wearables out there, the Gear S2 is capable of communicating over NFC. Combined with the manufacturer’s Samsung Pay software and infrastructure, that should give the smartwatch the ability to conduct mobile payments on its own – and certainly, that's one Gear S2 feature Samsung's advertised. At least, it's a feature the Gear S2 is set to pick up, as the watch shipped without Samsung Pay support ready to go. While Samsung once said that users could expect to see it go live ...

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    With the Gear S2, Samsung stepped outside its comfort zone for its Tizen-based wearables and opened compatibility to Android smartphones at large – well, those that aren't using encrypted filesystems, anyway. But rumors have recently been suggesting that the company's ambitions may be grander still, and Samsung could be looking into the idea of bringing support for the Gear S2 to the iPhone. We first heard the rumor about three weeks back, along with the note that Samsung was looking to make such support available sometime before the year's end. While the manufacturer has yet to confirm ...

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    It's been just about three months now since Motorola's latest smartwatch options debuted, and alongside the multi-sized standard Moto 360, we also saw the introduction of the company's new rugged option, the Moto 360 Sport. At least, while Motorola went official with the model, which adds GPS reception to its bag of tricks, all the way back in early September, it didn't have anything to share with us at the time about the wearable's release plans – dates, markets, pricing: nada. Today Motorola's stepping up to continue the Moto 360 Sport's story, bringing us those long-awaited answers. ...

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    Samsung's smartwatches have come a long way since the first-gen Galaxy Gear, and beyond refinements to the hardware's design, we've also seen some big steps forward on the software front – perhaps most notably with the way Samsung's opened compatibility up to non-Samsung Android devices. And while officially the new Gear S2 may play nicely with phones running Android 4.4 or later and equipped with at least 1.5GB of RAM, there's more to the compatibility story than just that, and as owners attempt to install the recent Gear S2 software update, a very annoying restriction is getting in the ...

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    Fossil's first smartwatch is here, but if you're a little confused about just how it's arriving, you're not alone. Complicating the issue has been the number of similar products Fossil has introduced all at once, and while their functionality is all in the same wheelhouse, different capabilities and price points give us a lot of variation to work with. But look past the activity trackers, look past the watch with notification support, and you get to the meat of this sandwich: the Fossil Q Founder, the only capital-S smartwatch of this crew. Now the watch is getting ready to face a big ...

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    Buying a wearable these days is not easy. For starters this is one of those markets that has taken for ever to grow out of infancy. As a result we see companies approach the market differently, and bringing a lot of disparity to the offerings that you can choose. Still, we get questions every day on Twitter regarding the best smartwatch for important lifestyle needs like fitness, or simply the usefulness of notifications at a quick glance. The biggest problem is that even with all the offerings out there, you'd be shocked at how few of these products get both of these needs right. The ones ...

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    At Pocketnow, we encourage responsible driving habits despite our overwhelming passion for mobile technology. Indeed, Motorola has found ways to help out those who are at the wheel stay connected and on the right path. But other owners of phones without even a "Car Mode" or those who just don't bother, they do put themselves at risk with their eyes on their palms and not on the road. But can we really pinpoint a recent spike in traffic-related deaths in the United States to smartphones? The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration thinks so, despite not having firm ...

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    Black Friday is just days away, and we've already brought you tons of news on where and how you can save some big money as you shop for portable electronics this season. That's going to include a big Black Friday sale roundup post just a little later on, but before we get there we've got one deal we absolutely have to share with you right now, as it's not going to last long: you've got until midnight tonight (Central time) to score some substantial discounts on Apple hardware at Best Buy. Deals on Apple items are always a treat, with prices as often inflexible as they are, and this set's ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    LG was all lined up to do something unique with its Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, bringing cellular connectivity to the world of Android Wear for the very first time. And while all the pieces looked like they were in place for a healthy start to retail sales, last week we got some news that saw those plans crashing to the ground: LG was immediately putting an end to sales of the smartwatch. At the time, we didn't know much of anything at all, aside that sales were being canceled with no promise that they might ever return. What the hell went so very, very wrong? Now details are just ...

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    The race is on for the hottest smartwatch this holiday season. Apple's going to do fantastic business, to be sure, but it's not competing for the same shoppers as all the other big wearable players, and some of the most interesting action is happening over on the Android-supporting side of the fence. There, the smartwatch market just saw a huge upset as one of the season's hotter-looking models imploded on itself, with LG pulling the plug on Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE sales. That leaves companies like Huawei, Pebble, Motorola, and Samsung to pick up the slack, and they'll be working hard ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just minutes ago we were poking around the Google Store listing for the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, thinking about what Google might be planning in terms of its own sales, and wondering why despite mentioning availability at both AT&T and Verizon, the page made no effort to link to anywhere a shopper could actually order the smartwatch. To our surprise, an LG representative has just confirmed that the company is outright canceling its plans for the smartwatch due to an unspecified hardware issue. We've heard of manufacturers changing their mind ...

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    Back in March, Google split device sales off from Google Play, and brought them instead to the newly launched Google Store. The website offers visitors a convenient place to buy Nexus hardware, Chromecast-series devices, Chromebook laptops, Android Wear smartwatches, and all manner of accessories. At least, most of what it does is selling things, but a new product listing suggests that the Google Store may also start filling a promotional role for certain devices, even when Google's not selling them at all. We recently saw US carriers start sales of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. ...

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    Are we really going to get a new, smaller iPhone in early 2016? Maybe, maybe not. But if you're playing the smart money on an upcoming Apple product that's likely to launch sooner rather than later, you'd be wise to pay attention to rumors looking at what the company could be planning for the second-gen Apple Watch. While older rumors had a more difficult time narrowing down a launch window, more recent reports have been kicking around the idea of a late spring or early summer launch. The most recent report we checked out included comments from Quanta, the firm that currently manufacturers ...

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    The Huawei Watch is by most account one of the better looking smartwatches around, and though there's a lot to like about the Android Wear model, there is at least one major downside: pricing. The least expensive Huawei Watch configuration fetches just under $350, and the prices only go up from there: $500, $450, $700, and even an $800 model. So it should go without saying that when we hear that Huawei is already discounting its wearable, we start to take notice. Earlier this month we learned about a deal that would score shoppers a $50 discount when picking up the smartwatch alongside the ...

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