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    For Android devices, it's almost a badge of honor getting listed for sale in the Google Store. It's not like Google sells just any hardware, so you've got to be something special to make it into this exclusive club. Beyond Google's own Nexus lineup, that includes some third-party Android TV boxes, but maybe the easiest way to get your hardware in the Google Store is to launch an Android Wear smartwatch. Today we've got big questions about the fate of one of those wearables, as Google appears to have shut down sales of the Moto 360 Sport. As you may recall, the story of the Moto 360 Sport's ...

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    Remember that redesigned, vastly improved Mi Band 2 activity tracker Xiaomi’s CEO so casually showcased well in advance of its formal announcement a few days ago? It turns out it’s not the only new wearable device cooked up by the “Apple of China”, which clearly needs to make some big changes and bold moves after exiting the top five smartphone manufacturer ranks for Q1 2016. A high-end Xiaomi Max phablet and LCD screen-sporting Mi Band 2 sound like a good start, with a full-fledged Xiaomi Mi Watch following sometime in the year’s second half in a bid for extra diversity and ...

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    It may seem like a dull period for smartwatches with nothing exceptionally big, new and inspiring having appeared this trade show season — though major releases targeting women were needed to bring them into the market. Maybe our editorial attention spans were just too short after having to inspect over a year-long parade of smartwatches. But this is a growth market and research firms have the metrics to confirm it. Strategy Analytics measured 4.2 million total shipments for this past winter quarter, 223 percent better than the 1.3 million in the period last year. 2.2 million — or 52 ...

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    Smartwatches do so many things differently from your standard “dumb” timekeepers that it's difficult to know where to start, but there's undeniably one big thread that runs through the whole experience: personalization. From the watch style you choose, to the apps you load on it, to the watchface you turn to dozens of times throughout the day, smartwatch users have plenty of opportunities to really make their wearables their own. That customization extends to straps, but as anyone who's struggled to swap one out for another can tell you, they're not always so easy to work with. ...

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    It hardly seems controversial to suggest that Apple's working on new smartwatch hardware; after all, the original Apple Watch has been around for quite a while now, and Apple's sure to have come up with a few ideas in the interim on things it might like to do better. And certainly, we've heard plenty of rumors about just what form some of those changes might take. That said, there are plenty are unknowns when we start getting specific about which of these changes Apple's most likely to make, and maybe more importantly, when the company's likely to make them. Will this year only get a minor ...

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    Two weeks back, BlackBerry finally gave us what we'd been asking for for so long (kinda), as the company got around to dialing back the price on its Android-running Priv handset. The unusual smartphone has always been a pretty interesting model, but its top-shelf pricing made it a difficult sell for all but the most ardent Blackberry enthusiasts. A price cut was exactly what the phone needed … but the scant $50 BlackBerry was willing to take off its sticker felt like too little, too late. Luckily, one retailer is stepping up to fulfill our dream of a Priv with a much more wallet-friendly ...

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    Shortly before the Apple Watch went up for sale last year, we learned about a little data port that was hiding under one of the strap connectors. At first it seemed like this hardware might be reserved for development models, but the smartwatch ended up keeping the interface for its final form. And while Apple itself didn't offer any consumer-facing uses for the port, it wasn't long before we learned about a third-party company interested in taking advantage of the connector, in the form of the battery-boosting Reserve Strap. By tapping into those pins, the strap was supposed to help ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    Summer's coming, and for a lot of us that means lots of opportunities to find ourselves separated from our hard-earned cash: vacations, concerts, dining out – hell, even air-conditioning bills. So if the looming season has you thinking that you should try and save some money while you can, we may have just the deals for you. After all, living on a budget shouldn't mean that you totally deprive yourself of some techy toys, and today we've got a couple of deals that can hook you up with that tech without breaking the bank. If you're looking for the lowest price in town on the Nexus 5X, ...

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    This September, it will have been two years since Apple first announced the Apple Watch. And in the mobile-tech world, that's more cause for a retirement party than a birthday party. The smartwatch's age has been helping to fuel rumors of second-gen hardware, and while the idea that Apple's cooking up a new wearable is an easy enough sell, sources have been butting head over the details: what changes will Apple make for its second-gen model, and when could we hope to see the new smartwatch launch? Just last week we looked at a report pointing to a substantially thinner Apple Watch making ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Our quaint little obsession with Casio has come to a head as the Android Wear watch we've been waiting for quite a while from the legacy electronics manufacturer is finally out. And while they all have the same insides for the same price, what's on the outside will depend on where you buy this watch from. The sexy-sounding WSD-F10, otherwise known in English as the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, is available for just about $500. Four outlets are selling them in the following colors: Casio is selling them in Black and Orange The Google Store is selling them in Orange and Olive Amazon has an ...

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    For a company that was slow to give its smartphone shoppers the choice of more than one color handset, and slower still to let them choose between sizes, it was a pleasant break from routine when we saw Apple deliver its first smartwatch with as many hardware options as it did: from case size, to choice of material, to band preference, the Apple Watch is just about as customizable a mobile device as you'll find. Now Apple's making it easier than ever to play around with finding the Apple Watch that's right for you, as the company introduces a new online gallery that's built for ...

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    On our podcast this week, we talked about how we've seen the doldrums of the smartwatch lately. Pebble is about to cut loose a quarter of its employees. Discounts are flying for the Gear S2. But we're still expected to believe that these things will be a thing. And so, the Google Store has decided to make some additions to its Android Wear ranks with the CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch getting its own product page. There's no orders, pre-orders or anything going on, not even a monitoring service you could subscribe to, just a product page. Supposedly, this thing will be on sale tomorrow, so ...

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    Pebble beat some of the biggest names in mobile to the smartwatch party, setting crowdfunding records when it first introduced the original Pebble smartwatch. Over the past three years, we've seen Pebble grow from selling that first-gen model to introducing the Pebble Steel, and later the color-screen Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel, and Pebble Time Round. That new hardware's been joined by a redesigned software experience, to say nothing of Pebble's own app and watchface ecosystem, and while this growth has been great to see, competition from major smartphone companies has only gotten ...

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    Samsung's Gear S2 has been kicking around since making its debut back at IFA last summer, but being more than few months old hasn't done much to slow it down. Recently we've found ourselves looking at increased carrier availability of the Gear S2's cell-connected model, forthcoming iOS support, and even a great deal on refurbished models. Those refurbs may be pretty tempting offers if you're really interested in saving a buck, but what about smartwatch shoppers with the opposite concerns: those wanting a premium-above-all-else smartwatch and being willing to pay a pretty penny to get it? ...

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    We've got rugged, outdoor-friendly smartwatches on the mind this week, having just seen the Nixon Mission launch with its impressive water-resistance rating and all-new Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. We couldn't help but draw comparisons between that model and Casio's own rugged WSD-F10, which launched back at CES in January. While we're still waiting for full details on how and when you'll actually be able to buy that Nixon watch, today we get an update about retail availability for Casio's model, as the company announces the pending start of US sales. When Casio first introduced the WSD-F10, ...

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    Has wearable tech buzz already started cooling down? While the past two years brought us no shortage of new smartwatch options, this year's crop of trade shows has so far left us little to be excited about. And back at CES in January, the only model that really grabbed our attention was the new Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch: a rugged model that really didn't look that much different from a standard digital watch for active users – while packing all the power of Android Wear. Now we're wondering if such rugged designs might just be the hot smartwatches to get this year as Nixon comes ...

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    Today's wearable market is a pretty darn competitive one, and it's not surprising to see manufacturers get very aggressive with smartwatch pricing. That means the availability of lots of sales looking to capture consumer attention – but for as much as we love getting a good price, constantly chasing the latest sale can be tiring. Thankfully, Pebble's ready to throw us a bone, today announcing some low prices that aren't just some temporary promotion, but represent new and improved value for both the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round going forward – and back. Those two Pebble Time ...

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    If HTC's MWC 2016 launches were the appetizer, we're only too ready for the main course to arrive, and HTC looks like it's plenty ready, too: just yesterday we saw the manufacturer start publicly teasing its next flagship model, expected to launch next month as the One M10. We're hoping to pick up lots of new official info on the phone as teasers continue, but until those get here, we're turning to a recent interview with company CEO Cher Wang and CFO Chialin Chang, where they offer a few tidbits about the One M10, while also touching on the long-standing rumors of an HTC smartwatch. ...

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    With a new flagship smartphone, some recent mid-rangers, and no shortage of high-end accessories, LG hit Barcelona with all cylinders firing, giving us one of the better spreads of MWC gear. That puts the manufacturer in a great spot for early 2016, but what will the rest of the year bring? An LG spokesman has been talking to the press about some of the company's plans, adding support to the idea of Google shaking up its Nexus program with new manufacturers and revisiting one of 2015's failures. LG's been responsible for Nexus phones three of the past four years, but this year we've been ...

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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is just another month away, and word is that the Apple Watch will be taking the spotlight for at least part of the announcements. Some rumors suggest we could be looking at as little as new band hardware, while other reports point to some much more substantial news, including the launch of upgraded versions of the Watch itself. Changes could include improvements to the wearable's battery, a new SoC, or on the more extreme end, maybe even an integrated camera for FaceTime support. While we're still not sure just what we're getting, if you're nto afraid of being a ...

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    How long have we been waiting for Android Wear watches to start sounding off? Models like last year's Huawei Watch were clearly packing integrated speakers, and it looked like it was just a matter of time before we'd see the software fall into place that would finally take advantage of them. But despite some indications that such updates were on the way, official speaker support has so far been elusive. Well, today's the day we've been looking forward to, as Google announces new hands-free features for Android Wear, including speaker support. Right now, the only two Android Wear models ...

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    Wearables need to put up with a ton of abuse, and manufacturers go to some lengths to ensure that their products are ready to withstand the rigors of everyday use. For Apple, that meant giving its Apple Watch a tough scratch-resistant screen, either in the form of “Ion-X” glass on its more affordable Sport model, or a synthetic sapphire crystal on more premium editions. Even with that protection, though, accidents will happen – so whose fault is the damage, then? One Apple Watch owner in Wales didn't think that he should be liable for a crack that developed on the screen of his Apple ...

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