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    Luxury smartwatch manufacturers are obviously competing for a very small piece of a slowly growing pie, so it probably shouldn’t come as a great surprise Samsung chose to merely plate its upscale Gear S2 variant with precious metals rather than make it all gold and platinum. The Gear S2 Classic New Edition nonetheless “wowed the tech world by merging fashion with technology” at CES earlier this month, according to its not-so-modest designers, and is now fairly quickly going on sale in China, followed by markets “across the globe” in the next few weeks. Oddly enough, we’re yet ...

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    After a (way too) long waiting period, Samsung has finally decided to spread the wearable love to the all-important Indian market, which also only got the Apple Watch back in November. The Tizen-powered Gear S2 is obviously not as affordable in India as it’s recently become on American and British shores, but it’s considerably cheaper than the entry-level “iWatch” configuration, and that may go a long way in securing it a regional mainstream audience. Even the stylish Samsung Gear S2 Classic is priced lower than an Apple Watch Sport, at Rs 25,800, compared to around 31,000 rupees. ...

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    Samsung may have left it to third-party retailer Adorama to try to boost the mainstream popularity of the Gear S2 stateside, as the Apple Watch S draws near, but on British shores, the Korean manufacturer takes promotional matters into its own hands. While technically not billed as a Valentine’s Day bundle deal, the latest UK-only special offer lets you buy a swanky Tizen smartwatch for yourself and a loved one at a big discount. Typically priced at around £300, the Samsung Gear S2 Classic, seasoned with an elegant leather band, is now available for £449 in a box of two. That means ...

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    A researcher at Juniper recently concluded after exploring wearable numbers and trends the smartwatch is “a category waiting for a market”, with visual selling points not yet doubled by a clear, unique use case. In that context, it definitely feels a little extreme to charge north of $300 for an intelligent timepiece, especially one incapable of making a dent in Apple Watch’s early supremacy. Leave it to Adorama to make you an offer you can’t refuse stateside, selling the Samsung Gear S2 as low as $200 through January 20. Technically, the camera and film equipment store lists the ...

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    The world’s top smartphone manufacturer in terms of sales is obviously no quitter, and that’s evident by its commitment for both tablets and wearable devices. Let’s face it, Samsung hasn’t been able to garner much mainstream popularity in either décor, and as far as the latter is concerned, it’s tried it all. Tizen smartwatches, Android smartwatches, rectangular gadgets, round ones, fitness-oriented products, sub-$100 pieces, and $300+ “luxury” items. What’s next for the Gear wearable family? A circular low-cost activity tracker, apparently, that bears a striking ...

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    What's the great comeback story of 2015? BlackBerry delivering arguably its most exciting phone in a long while with the Android-running Priv? Maybe, but when we turn our focus to BlackBerry's own mobile platform, we spot another possible contender: back in November, Tizen edged past BlackBerry as the number-four globally ranked mobile OS. Samsung's initial expansion into Tizen phones may have proved to be much rockier than Tizen's spread across the company's wearable line, but little by little, we've been seeing Tizen show some real growth. We heard that growth could finally propel 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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    If you needed an extra incentive to buy one of the best, prettiest, smoothest Apple Watch rivals around from the nation’s second largest mobile carrier, today brings two to the table. First of all, a deep on-contract price cut to $99.99. Free of lengthy pacts, AT&T charges a whopping $300 for the Samsung Gear S2, while Verizon continues to ask a scandalous $350 on full retail, and $300 with two-year agreements. Meanwhile, Amazon or Best Buy are slightly more generous than Big Red, though their $250 and up rates remain 150 percent higher than Ma Bell’s network-tied special offer. No ...

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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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    The king of smartphone sales seems to have learned its lesson after one too many wearable flops, and although it continues to gamble on Tizen rather than play it safe with Android Wear, it’s essentially making the wrist platform better by the day. In the space of just a couple of weeks, Samsung’s first circular smartwatch got two important over-the-air updates, the latest of which tips the scales at close to 90MB. That may not sound very heavy by high-end handheld standards, where internal storage often sits at 32GB, but keep in mind the Gear S2 can barely accommodate a maximum of 4 ...

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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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    The prettiest non-Android Wear circular smartwatch has been available directly from its manufacturer starting at $250 after a 50 bucks discount for a few days now. We’ve also known Best Buy was planning a similar deal for Black Friday, and Amazon predictably followed suit. But it’s actually a much smaller US retailer, typically focused primarily on camera equipment, that lets you purchase the Samsung Gear S2 for the lowest price ever, namely $209. The $299 MSRP is dropped to $259 at Adorama courtesy of a $40 instant rebate, and a further $50 mail-in rebate will allow you to score the ...

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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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    As anticipated exactly a month ago, the first circular smartwatch from the worldwide king of smartphone shipments is rapidly spreading to US carriers. Well, perhaps “rapidly” isn’t the right word, given the Samsung Gear S2 is still stuck on pre-order status at AT&T, nowhere to be found with Sprint support, and already backordered through T-Mobile. That’s right, it only took Magenta roughly 24 hours to use up however many units were on sale to begin with. There must have not been a lot, although the cellular-capable wearable was deemed a great hit in Korea off the bat. T-Mo will ...

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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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    Even though Samsung can be credited for being one of the first companies to believe in wearables as a category, it's hard to praise the company for its efforts. While some products have proven to be quite popular during their buzz periods, it's hard to not notice how quickly people have stopped caring about them. Such is the case of the Samsung Gear Fit, which promised a lot in the fitness category, but didn't really deliver, and today we learn of some future plans. Sources claim that Samsung is working on a model number SM-R150, which is actually a couple of numbers bellow the SM-R350 ...

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    BlackBerry made a controversial move when finally jumping on the Android bandwagon, and while the financially struggling Canadian company insists it remains committed to its own proprietary platform, throwing in the OS towel altogether seems the right call nowadays. It started looking that way a long time ago, to be honest, as BlackBerry OS not only fell considerably behind the two market leaders holding the industry in a dangerous duopoly situation, but also lost contact with the bronze medalist. Needless to highlight Windows Phone (or should we say Windows Mobile now?) isn’t in a rosy ...

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    Samsung may have itself a serious problem on its hands, one that could threaten to see the manufacturer lose even further smartphone market share. While the company just posted some recent growth for its handset sales, a shifting emphasis towards lower-cost models isn't doing much to help turn those sales into profits. As a result, at least one analyst is projecting that the end of the line could be in sight for the company's interest in the smartphone game, and that growing demand for bargain-basement phones could soon render Samsung unwilling to keep sales going. The crux of the theory ...

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    This Friday, November 6, will be a big day for AT&T customers interested in both productivity-focused smartphones and always connected wearables. In addition to the BlackBerry Priv, Ma Bell is just about ready to welcome the Samsung Gear S2 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on America’s second largest wireless network. The circular Tizen and Android Wear smartwatches shall cost $200 each on two-year contracts, or $0 down and $15 a month for 20 months with installment plans. The latter’s grand total clocks in at 300 bucks, which sounds expensive, and yet it’s $50 lower than the ...

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    Both Apple and Samsung made a point of boasting robust smartphone shipments in the July-September timeframe, with the former also reporting specific numbers for iPads and Macs, and the latter identifying Exynos chipsets as a pivotal growth driver. But the two tech titans were equally mum on the Q3 box-office performance of their respective smartwatches, which was a little weird, and signaled things aren’t exactly rosy in the fledgling market segment. Research firm Strategy Analytics aims to solve the mystery, estimating around 4.5 million Apple Watches were pushed out of Cupertino’s ...

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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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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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    The first ever Tizen-powered circular wearable device hasn’t been available stateside long enough to gauge customer interest and box-office success, not to mention the cellular-enabled version will only go on sale from Verizon and T-Mobile next month. But as always, Samsung jumped the gun in its domestic market, where early smartwatch adopters cleaned out Gear S2 pre-order inventory in a matter of hours. Granted, rumor is just around 1,000 units were initially up for grabs, though Korean distribution was quickly ramped up. In the past few weeks, the beautiful, Android-compatible round ...

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