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    Smartwatches may be more popular today than ever before, but even with rising public interest, they still have a few major hurdles to clear. Battery life continues to remain a challenge, but the use of tech like wireless charging promises to help make things a little smoother. There's also the problem of input; voice command sounds like it's going to be the gold standard, but how are you supposed to interact with your watch when you need to be quiet? When you're somewhere like a theater or in a meeting? We've shared with you early efforts to bring on-screen keyboards to even these tiny ...

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    Are you excited for the arrival of Android Wear hardware? You should be, especially with all the news we're likely to get out of Google I/O this week, including (hopefully) confirmation about when devices like the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will go up for sale. Last week we briefly looked at how the G Watch will get its power, checking out a pic of the wearable that seemed to suggest a clip-on cradle will attach to its rear set of contacts, allowing for the attachment of a Micro USB cable. For the Moto 360, on the other hand, we've been expecting a much more exotic charging system ...

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    Ever since day one of its existence, Android Wear has had partner companies we haven't heard a peep out of in terms of products to show, the most popular being Samsung. While we knew the South Korean OEM was signed on to offer Android-powered watches in the near future, its own flagship Gear wearable line made the switch to Samsung's own Tizen OS recently -- and we haven't heard very much since. That all changes today though, as a report out of CNET suggests a Samsung Android Wear Watch will make an appearance next week at Google I/O for its official launch. Samsung reportedly has two ...

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    The latest details to arrive on Apple's rumored plans for its iWatch streamed in overnight, talking about multiple hardware versions and a bevy of sensors providing the wearable with all sorts of data about the user and his or her environment. At least some of those sensors are rumored to gather health data, which makes perfect sense considering the heavy focus on HealthKit we saw at the iOS 8 launch earlier this month. But now some new info has come our way that makes clear just to what extent health and fitness are to be a part of the iWatch, with word that Apple's recruiting pro ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Any bets on whether we'll really see the LG G Watch make its commercial debut next week? The wearable has been official for months now, but we still haven't had the chance to learn much about how it will go up for sale. Some recent Play Store glitches have made it look like Google might offer sales of the G Watch directly, and rumors have suggested that Google I/O attendees might leave with the smartwatch in their goodie bags. So while we're likely to start seeing a whole lot more of the G Watch very soon, for now it's still a treat when we get to check out new pics of the watch in the ...

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    Wearable devices are increasingly popular among technology enthusiasts. However, the smartwatch is just one of the products in the wearables category, and, apparently, it is performing worse on the market than other wearable solutions. According to a Digitimes report based on numbers from ABI Research, the activity tracker is outselling the smartwatch. The ratio is four-to-one in the activity tracker's favor. 2.35 million activity trackers were shipped in the first quarter of the year, meaning that those who bought a smartwatch were less than 600,000. "Activity Trackers are currently the ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is just one week away, and one of the many reasons we've been looking forward to the conference has been for what it will mean for Android Wear. When LG first announced its G Watch Android Wear smartwatch back in March, it mentioned plans for a second quarter introduction, and July (along with Q3) is creeping up on us fast. We've also heard that the G Watch might be an I/O giveaway to attendees, hinting at imminent retail availability. Now we've got one more sign of a pending retail launch, as some G-Watch-related text shows up on the German version of the Google Play ...

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    With Google I/O a mere week away, chances are very good that we're about to find ourselves facing some new Android Wear developments. Between whatever software news emerges out of there, and the pending arrival of the LG G Watch, Moto 360, and whatever new hardware pops up this summer, Android Wear is threatening to go from zero to sixty in no time at all, changing the Android smartwatch landscape. That puts pressure on manufacturers of existing smartwatches to keep moving if they want their products to stay relevant, and today we see Samsung doing a little of just that, doling out a new ...

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    After hearing those rumors about Google Fit just a little earlier this morning, our wearables kick continues, and now we've got a new development from Samsung to check out. Samsung's already got more wearables than pretty much anyone else out there, and from the signs of it, its pace isn't about to start slowing down. Last month we looked at a leak that identified Samsung's model SM-R382 as an upcoming Gear model – but that's all we had. This week, that model number makes a reappearance, as the watch's FCC certification paperwork goes public. So, what is this thing? Well, it's probably ...

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    Pebble introduced the Pebble Steel this past winter as a sleeker, slightly more capable, and all around just better-looking version of last year's popular smartwatch. Really, it took most everything we liked about the original and refined it – just what we'd expect from a second-generation model. But right from the beginning, availability was an issue, and even once Steel went up for order, users could find themselves waiting months and months to get their hands on a unit. The situation has greatly improved by this point, but what if you don't feel like waiting at all; what if you want ...

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    The first Android Wear smartwatches are coming soon, and alongside Motorola and its Moto 360, LG will help lead the charge with its own G Watch. We've had more than a few opportunities to look at the wearable, and recently we've started hearing specific details about its hardware. While we only had a few sparse tidbits to go by earlier, a new leak attempts to open the book on the G Watch, detailing its components in some detail. Let's start with the battery, as that's often a big concern for smartwatches. According to this, the G Watch will arrive with a 400mAh lithium polymer battery. ...

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    Roughly 18 months ago, smartwatches and other types of wearables were practically nonexistent. Sure, the Nike FuelBand started hitting shelves over two years ago, and a few fitness bands followed thereafter. But it was nothing to the degree it is today. FitBits are everywhere; I see random passersby wearing Pebbles; people ask me all the time if my "watch that buzzes" is "one of those Samsung things"; and it seems everyone is aware of the early onset #glassholes of this world. Wearables – especially smartwatches – are more in the public eye than ever, and some of the biggest companies ...

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    It's been a little slow to happen, but fingerprint scanning on mobile devices is slowly beginning to make a comeback. After Apple got things rolling with the iPhone 5S, we've seen efforts from HTC, and most recently Samsung, to bring such sensors to their own models – we're even likely to soon see the tech extend to tablets. But the hottest space in mobile right now isn't smartphones nor tablets, but the exploding wearables market; will fingerprint scanning find a home there? Sensor-maker Synaptics says “yes,” and that we might see such devices arrive next year. That's according to ...

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    We're still waiting for word on when the first Android Wear smartwatches will go up for sale, but in the meantime we've been kept plenty busy by all the latest news and gossip surrounding the project. Just last week that included talk of a possible SIM-enabled LG G Watch, a preview of Wear notifications, and a short video demo of the G Watch in action. While that last clip was ultimately pulled, today brings us a new opportunity to check out some of this prototype hardware, while also learning a little about the Android Wear app design process. Over at its Android Developers Blog, Google ...

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