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    The original Microsoft Band released last year wasn't meant to sell too well. It was really just an experiment to see if people would want a sensor-packed high-end health tracking wearable with a few smart-watch functions. You know, something a bit more than a Fitbit, but not as complicated and involved as an app-driven smart-watch. Microsoft had already done their SPOT smart-watch thing back in 2004 and it's still unclear if enough has changed to make it a viable product category. It turns out the Microsoft Band was accidentally successful. It sold out pretty quickly and Microsoft had to ...

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    When we took Samsung's first smartwatch flagship, we pinned the thing as a smartphone that tried to be everything it could on a chunky wrist lump. It did so much, maybe too much for a watch. The company took the reins of a fluorescent excitement around wearables a couple of years ago, promoting its own Tizen-based projects while also chipping into the Android Wear platform.  Today, the chaebol promotes only three wearables: the more-than-a-year-old Gear Fit, the Gear VR and, it seems, the ever-so-popular Gear S2. The Gear S2 is the latest front in the wearables field for Samsung, not only ...

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    A new look for the Google Play Store debuted earlier this week, and ever since, users have been noticing changes Google's been delivering to further refine its app store experience. Earlier today we showed you how Google was providing more useful information about app ratings, implementing a clear numerical system to make fractional ratings more easily conveyable. Now another change is hitting devices, spelling out a glance whether or not an app will benefit from the use of an Android Wear smartwatch. Rather than start a secondary app store just for wearables, Google Play delivers Wear ...

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    It's been two months now since we first learned of Fossil's upcoming wearables, as the company brought along its latest gadgets to the Intel Developer Forum. Fossil had several models with varying feature sets to show off, ranging from simple notifiers, to fitness trackers, all the way up to the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. A few weeks later, we picked up more details still, including a name for the lineup: Fossil Q. Today the rest of the pieces fall into place, and we meet the entire Fossil Q family of products, including the Q Founder smartwatch. Unfortunately, Fossil is ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch is here: after launching back at IFA, we saw retail sales get started here in the US earlier this month. At least, that was the case for the standard Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic, but we've yet to see availability begin for the smartwatch's cellular-connected edition. Samsung confirmed that carriers would get the ball rolling there sometime this fall, and rumors suggested that T-Mobile and Verizon could both pick up the Gear S2 beginning November 6. It turns out that report was half right, as both carriers start confirming the details of their Gear S2 sales. ...

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    Last week we first learned of the BLOCKS modular smartwatch, allowing users to marry a core watchface with a number of feature-packed links to add new functionality: one for extra flash storage, one for NFC connectivity, one for a secondary battery, and so on. And with an open platform for those modules, independent devs are free to craft their own add-ons to deliver new features the BLOCKS team hasn't even dreamed of. Today, the Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for BLOCKS finally opens, giving you a chance to contribute to the project – and pick up a modular smartwatch of your own. While ...

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    Does Android Wear need a bit of the Apple Watch's luxury appeal for certain wristwatch connoisseurs to start taking it seriously? If so, they're about to get just that in the form of Tag Heuer's first smartwatch offering, with the watchmaker set to introduce its Android Wear model next month. As the company gets ready, it's started a public countdown timer to its November 9 announcement, and has been been offering us a further look at what to expect from the model, sharing the teaser pic you see above. We've known to expect a smartwatch modeled off the company's existing Carrera watch ...

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    The smartwatch app ecosystem is currently in an uncertain stage. How much functionality you can get off of a screen with a diameter of less than two inches can be seen as a challenge to pursue or a limitation to work around. If you have the YouTube app for Android Wear, you know which train of thought you're on. But now, if your milieu puts you in need of Facebook Messenger while your phone's out of reach, don't worry. If you have an Apple Watch with watchOS 2, Messenger's now on it. And you have a vast suite of reply mediums to use while occupied with your wrist: you can send voice clips, ...

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    To mod or not to mod? If you prefer the former, you'd have probably known about what are Puzzlephone, Project Ara and Fairphone by now. Indeed, the slab smartphone form factor does make switching pieces in and out for a do-it-yourself device much easier. Now, imagine what the heck you'd have to do to make a smartwatch happen on your own terms? We're about to find out as the BLOCKS team, the London-originated project that wants to put a Swiss army knife on your wrist, is about to kick-off its Kickstarter crowdfunding program on October 13 at 12pm Eastern. You'll be able to pre-order ...

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    LG's big New York City launch event just wrapped up a little while back, but before it even got started, the cat was already out of the bag: overnight, LG announced both the dual-screened V10, as well as the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. We had the official specs, we had plenty of pics – what else was there to learn about this new smartphone? Well, while the overnight announcement brought word that South Korean sales would get underway later this month, followed by US sales sometime in November, we didn't know much else about specific plans for retail availability. Today at LG's US ...

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    Coming in to today's LG launch event, we probably would have been satisfied with just the V10. It may not be the envelope-pushing smartphone that devices like the Sony Z5 Premium are trying to be, but between some solid hardware and a few innovative features, it looks like there's a lot to enjoy there. But as it turns out we didn't get just the V10, and today LG also revealed its latest smartwatch, bringing native cellular connectivity to the world of Android Wear with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. We've been hearing for about a month now that LG had a proper second-gen smartwatch in ...

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    The smartwatch market is maturing, and as new players enter the game, and early competitors come back with more and more refined models, we're witnessing the emergence of new product tiers. Those fall on both ends of the spectrum, and in addition to the arrival of high quality affordable models like the new ASUS ZenWatch 2, we're also seeing interest in more luxury-focused models, with elegant designs and steep prices to match. Apple proved there's a market for these wearables, and now other manufacturers are eager to get in on the action for themselves. We've been looking forward to just ...

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    Samsung came to IFA this year ready to show off its round-screened Gear S2 smartwatch. Following the longest stretch without a new Samsung smartwatch in recent memory, expectations for the Gear S2 were high, and to Samsung's credit, it very much delivered. Impressed as we were with the new wearable, all that remained was to see it go up for sale, and in recent weeks we've been keeping up with rumors discussing possible release dates and pricing. Today we pick up some official answers, as Samsung reveals its plans for the start of commercial Gear S2 sales. The good news is that the ...

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    We already went hands-on with the Zenwatch 2 a few weeks ago, and not much has changed with the watch or our impressions since then, but it's important to know that there are multiple versions, and we'll be testing the baseline model — meaning a bigger display, and a texturized rubber watch band. The build quality is surprisingly solid given the Zenwatch's relatively low cost, starting at $129, and if you don't like the stock band, you can swap it out effortlessly thanks to the quick release pins. Possibly the biggest appeal of the Zenwatch 2 is its price point. You can pick up a ...

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    There's a lot to like about the new Moto 360, from the new size options, to the updated design, to the beefed-up silicon within. One thing we didn't see change, though, was Motorola's choice for the tech driving the smartwatch's display, and just like the original Moto 360, this new model returned with an LCD panel for its circular screen. Was that a mistake for a device that sorely needs to stretch its battery life as long as it can, especially in a world of high-profile OLED-employing competition like the Apple Watch? While we're still spending some time getting to know the new Moto 360 ...

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    Smartwatches are gaining traction and momentum, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s the Pebble, the Apple Watch, the new Moto 360, Samsung’s Gear S2 or LG’s watch line-up, almost every manufacturer that matters has one in its portfolio. But how about a much smaller company, and its less "smart" offering? Does it stand a chance against these behemoths? Martian Watches are betting big on their products, wearables that are not smart in the "smart" sense of the word – but they're hardly "dumb" watches either. So, instead, we’ll just refer to them as “connected” ...

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    For the past few days now, Pebble's been counting down to an announcement, and the smart money seemed to be on this signaling the release of a big firmware update for first-gen Pebble watches. That would have made for some interesting news, sure, but what we got today has turned out to be a heck of a lot more compelling: Pebble has just drawn the curtain back on the Pebble Time Round, a super-thin smartwatch with a circular display. Pebble Time Round features a color display, just like the Pebble Time, and will be available with either 14mm or 20mm band options. Users can look forward to ...

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    When your principal standouts in the United States are fringe or affordable smartphones, debuting your first Android Wear smartwatch at $349 is an audacious move. Only one other wearable in the Google Store hangs out in the rarified air above the $300 mark, after all, and $349 is just entry level pricing for the Huawei Watch. Does the company –whose name has yet to ring out in any meaningful way in the United States– bring enough quality to justify the coin? Let's find out. Huawei Watch Review Video   Hardware The Huawei Watch was designed to make an impression – and it does, ...

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    Last Wednesday, Apple made iOS 9 updates available to its existing lineup of iPhones and iPads, and in the days since we've seen adoption take hold at a record pace. But iOS 9 wasn't supposed to be the only software we got last week, and its arrival was supposed to come arm-in-arm with the release of watchOS 2 for the Apple Watch. At the last minute, we got word that wasn't going to happen as scheduled, and that Apple was working to resolve an extant bug before making the software available to users. Apple told us that the bug-resolved update would be landing “shortly,” and today the ...

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    We had a source divulge some pricing details on the IFA-debuted and Tizen-based Samsung Gear S2 and now more wheels have come into motion on just what exactly is happening when and where. According to what's apparently an hours-long training video from Samsung Electronics America (it was taken down), the speaker informs us that the standard, Bluetooth-connected Gear S2 will make its way to the shelves of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular on October 2. Sprint won't be part of the launch and it isn't clear from neither Samsung nor Sprint if and when the carrier will get this ...

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    After months and months of waiting, the Huawei Watch is finally ready to start showing up on the wrists of smartwatch fans, and following the start of pre-orders earlier this month, today the wearable officially starts shipping. We've already got our hands on one in preparation for a review, and while ours is still in once piece, the guys over at Android Police cracked theirs open for a look inside at what makes it tick (no pun intended). That involves a lot of familiar components, but there's one very interesting odd man out that – as far as we know from previous Android Wear models – ...

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    Samsung's been honing its smartwatch game for longer that most, and this year at IFA in Berlin it brought out its latest and greatest installment, the Gear S2. Beyond introducing a circular display to the company's smartwatch lineup, the Gear S2 managed to deliver a very attractive design along with surprisingly broad smartphone support, making it one of our favorite new products to emerge from the trade show. But for as excited as we've been to see the Gear S2 make its retail debut, one big question still hung over the wearable: just what would it cost? We've heard a bit about ...

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    Last week's Apple event may have brought plenty of news about the company's latest mobile devices, but for users who are still holding on to older hardware a little longer, the most important announcement concerned Apple's release plans for its next-gen system software. This afternoon, users all over the world will start getting access to iOS 9 for their iPhones and iPads, right on schedule (Update: It's out). But not everything's going exactly as the company hoped, and an unexpected bug is proving to cause big problems for the release of watchOS 2, which will no longer arrive today as ...

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    Apple's getting this big event started on the wearable front, spending some time talking about what's next for the Apple Watch. After a brief look at improving software capabilities, we're onto hardware, with announcements of new bands, new Watch colors, and a partnership with luxury brand Hermes. To start, one of the major changes is that the Apple Watch Sport is getting new gold and rose gold finishes. Just like the Space Grey Apple Watch Sport, these are also anodized aluminum, through and through, but giving users the choice to try out additional colors at the same price range of the ...

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    IFA 2015 has come and gone, and now members of the press are making their way home from Berlin, Germany, including our own Hayato Huseman and Michael Fisher. We've been bringing you as much content as possible to give you an idea of what IFA had in store this year, and what new gadgets you'll have to look forward to in the coming months ... but what were some of the best mobile-related devices we saw there? Some of the best product categories? The best experiences? What was the best of IFA 2015? Smartwatches Ask anybody that attended; this year's IFA was all about wearables. So much so, ...

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