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    Samsung's released more smartwatches than the rest of its smartphone-making peers, and while that spells a lot of variety, the majority of those models have suffered from a very significant limitation: they only work when paired with Samsung phones. Thankfully, there's hope for the company's fans who would like to see its wearables available for a larger slice of the greater smartphone user base, and we've already seen progress in the form of the Gear S2 and its broad Android support. While that's good, could Samsung be doing even better? A new rumor suggests as much, hinting that Samsung ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    Magnets. How's that to start a story? In the case that we have here, it's actually cheating. We're talking about electromagnetism, native to almost all technologies we use every day from door handles to cars and toasters. All of these objects have naturally-emitting and unique EM noise signatures. Just by touching them, those signals pass through your body. It's not often (I believe never before on this site, at least) that we bring the Disney Research Hub into conversations about mobile technology. But it has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to see if object detection through EM ...

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    So far, BLOCKS has raised $1,420,000 of its $250,000 goal. The modular smartwatch project is the first of its kind. It's also the second crowdfunding project active right now focused on modular design in mobile technology. But while that project goes through a bit of a slow drip, BLOCKS is trying to really stretch its goals here. Backers blew past the project's original goal in 56 minutes and the threefold mark in three days. Gorilla Glass for the "Core" display case was promised and will be delivered. Shipping prices have been reduced. The BLOCKS will be finished with metal. Now, the ...

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    You can't talk about smartwatches without talking about the Moto 360. One of the two Android Wear launch devices, the 360 wowed us not just because of the platform on which it ran, but also because of that at-the-time unparalleled circular display. Sure, we've seen the arrival of plenty of round smartwatches since, and Motorola itself has moved on to sales of its second-gen models, but the Moto 360 still holds a special place in our smartwatch-loving hearts. If you think there's room for one on your wrist, now may be a great time to pick up last year's model, as the Moto 360 hits a very ...

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    Tag Heuer has been talking about smartwatches for months now, and all the way back in March we saw the company confirm plans to introduce its first such model, an Android Wear device. Over the months that followed, we started to pick up new details about the watchmaker's plans for this model, including a design that would borrow heavily from its existing models, and a price tag that would seem right at home with the the premium prices Apple helped introduce to the smartwatch space. Last month we finally got an ETA for the project, with a big launch event scheduled for today. Now Tag ...

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    Why do we have to call everything that isn't "smart," dumb (guilty as charged, by the way)? Smartphones? Dumbphones. Smartwatches? Dumbwatches. They are so stupid. All they're obsessed with is time, time, time. But with today's selection of smartwatches, there's quite the stratification of ... education levels that prospective buyers can choose from. But if you think that Android Wear, Pebble and even the likes of Martian and Runcible are overkill, get ready to longingly look at your dumbwatch. Chronos from Chronos Wearables is a 3mm-thick stainless steel disc that can latch onto the backs ...

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    This week's proving to be a surprisingly busy one for fans of Pebble's cross-platform wearables, and following news of a nice discount on this year's Pebble Time smartwatch, and an update on availability of the timeline UI for first-gen models, it's finally time to check back in with Pebble's latest design, as we get word of the arrival of the Pebble Time Round. The Pebble Time Round, you may recall, launched back in late September as the manufacturer's first smartwatch with a circular screen. We knew that shipments were slated to start heading out to users pre-ordered sometime early this ...

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    If you haven't tried a Pebble smartwatch just yet, the company’s looking to introduce you to the world of wearable tech with a nice discount on this year's color-screened Pebble Time, knocking $50 off the watch's price. And while that's a great offer, what if you're already rocking a Pebble smartwatch – and specifically, one of the older models? Pebble hasn't forgotten you, and a few months back during the warm days of summer the manufacturer promised that owners of the Pebble and Pebble Steel could look forward to a major update coming to their wearables before the end of the year, ...

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    "Hello parents! We see that you've bought your pre-teen child a smartphone and tablet. Would you like a smartwatch with all that other mobile technology?" Somehow, Verizon and LG have come together to reach a new frontier in tethering juveniles to the digital ether. As opposed to drowning prepubescent boys and girls with animated pixels, though, it's primarily a child surveillance tool — depending on how you view it, a good or bad thing. Evan Blass went to work with a leak of the LG GizmoPal 2 and GizmoGadget today. LG GizmoPal 2 (blue) and LG GizmoGadget (red) for VZW. ...

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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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