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The next iteration of Google's operating system for wearables is apparently scheduled to arrive in early February, Evan Blass now confirming previous rumors and leaks. The list of supported devices is said to consist of only 18 items at launch.
LG Watch Urbane 3rd Edition apparently spotted at FCC
The two LG smartwatches that recently arrived at FCC come with IP67 certification for protection from the elements and use a Qualcomm chipset, being expected to show up next month, shortly after Android Wear 2.0 gets unveiled.
Android Wear 2.0 coming in February
After being mentioned a few times by Google, also having to face a few delays, Android Wear 2.0 is now finally on its way for a February launch, according to an email sent to developers.
Fitbit acquires Vector Watch
Continuing its corporate acquisition spree, the leading smart wearable maker engulfs another competitor, namely Vector Watch. This European startup is behind a lineup of smartwatches that deliver a battery life of no less than 30 days.
CES 2017 | Samsung wins 120 awards
Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
Samsung extends iOS compatibility to the latest Gear devices
After a long wait, iPhone users interested to use a Gear device with their handset can finally bring the two worlds together. They need an iPhone 5 or later with iOS 9 or higher to use the new Gear S or Gear Fit app.
CES 2017 | Fitbit working on an app store
Not long after buying Pebble, Fitbit reveals its plans to launch its wearable app store that uses some of the assets gained thanks to this corporate acquisition. Sadly, the launch date is not public yet.
CES 2017 | Fossil unveils three Q smartwatches
The three upcoming hybrid smartwatches that join the large Q family are dubbed Accomplice, Modern Pursuit, and Grant. With prices between $175 USD and $215 USD, they are expected to hit the market this spring.
CES 2017 | Garmin launches Fenix 5 multisport GPS watches
The existing Fenix 3 Sapphire multi-sport watches and the Fenix Chronos luxury smartwatch get three successors, all part of the same family, simply dubbed Fenix 5X, Fenix 5S, and Fenix 5.
CES 2017 | Misfit introduces Vapor touchscreen smartwatch
This Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100-powered smart wearable is Misfit's first one with a touchscreen display and promises to launch later this year for a price of $199 USD.
Casio unveils WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch
This new smart outdoor watch is MIL-STD-810-compliant as its predecessor, but the WSD-F20 comes with GLONASS and Michibiki GPS support. Its launch is scheduled for April, but the price is not known yet.
ZTE to launch its first Android Wear smartwatch later this year
In a recent interview, ZTE USA's chairman and CEO confirmed they are working together with a local carrier for the release of the company's first Android Wear smartwatch. Unfortunately, he did not reveal any other details.
Asus releases Zennovation Zenfone teaser ahead of CES 2017
The "Zennovation" teaser from Computex 2016 is making a comeback right before CES 2017 with new product announcements imminent.
Confirmed: Google Smartwatches will be released early 2017 with Android Wear 2.0
Jeff Chang, Google product manager for Android Wear, has confirmed that the rumored Google smartwatches exist and will be released in the first quarter of 2017 together with Android Wear 2.0.
Huawei Honor Magic gets official specs, Christmas release date
The 5-inch Honor Magic will premier with Huawei's own AI-driven digital assistant, called "Magic Live." It may also use Huawei's graphene battery technology. It will be available in China on December 25.
Fossil Diesel and Kate Spade smartwatches coming soon
Next to the Emporio Armani smartwatch by Fossil that has been recently announced, the Diesel- and Kate Spate-branded Fossil smartwatches are also expected to debut in the coming weeks.
Apple pulls watchOS 3.1.1 update
Since it seems that this week's update bricked some Series 2 Apple Watches after installing, Apple has decided to withdraw watchOS 3.1.1. For now, the latest watchOS variant available remains 3.1.
Google acquires Cronologics
The startup that joins the search giant has been founded in part by former Google employees back in 2014. Now, the Cronologics team will be working on improving Android Wear directly.
Wearables market up 3.1 percent while Apple Watch slips
Fitbit, Xiaomi, and Garmin collectively command 45 percent of the current market in terms of worldwide shipments.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
Consumers abandon one third of their wearables
According to a study by research firm Gartner, over 30 percent of the customers who buy smartwatches, fitness trackers, and virtual reality glasses get bored or simply do not find them useful, so they stop using them after a while.
Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit
Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
Samsung catches a break as Supreme Court reverses Apple's patent victory
The US Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 in favor of Samsung's appeal to reverse up to US$399 million of the US$548 million in damages already paid to Apple.
Meizu unveils its first fitness tracker
This new wearable comes with a sleek, basic design that includes a concealed OLED screen. Sporting a built-in AMS heart rate monitor, the Meizu Band is also capable of showing notifications for calls and texts. Pre-orders are already live in China while full availability is expected for next week.
Fitbit might buy Pebble
Insiders familiar with the matter claim that Fitbit is close to signing a deal to acquire the troubled wearable maker and, unfortunately, it looks like the Pebble brand will disappear.
Netherlands-exclusive Gear S3 BALR. edition coming this Friday
More than a year after the Gear S2 BALR. special edition smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S3 gets the BALR. treatment as well. The new BALR.-customized Gear smartwatch has a price tag of €499 EUR.
Samsung Pay on Gear S3 not working with Google Pixel handsets
Although the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch comes with Samsung Pay support out of the box, it seems the Google Pixel devices are the only major Android handsets not compatible yet.
Pebble firmware 4.3 now available
This update brings Kickstart as a new watch face for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time, as well as the usual set of performance improvements and bug fixes. Last firmware released by Pebble was 4.0, which arrived back in August.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear S3 get minor software updates
The new software for Samsung's smart wearables only brings minor changes but succeeds in improving the user's experience. The list of new features includes auto pause and indoor set exercises support (Gear Fit 2), as well as speedometer support for the Gear S3 (not confirmed yet).
Intel lays off most staff, but keeps the wearables business
Not long after insiders familiar with the matter unveiled that Intel is laying off a large number of its New Devices Group employees, the IT giant issued a statement that highlights the company "is in no way stepping back from the wearables business."
Google Translate: Now using Neural Machine Translation in 8 languages
Google started making translations more human and accurate today by using Neural Machine Translation in eight languages for instance English, Spanish und German. You can take advantage of the better translations starting today.
Crowdfunded smartwatch is powered by body heat
What if you didn't have to worry about your smartwatch's battery? The PowerWatch may be the answer to that problem.
Casio launches communication app for the WSD-F10 smart outdoor watch
Dubbed Casio Moment Link, this location-based communication app is freely downloadable and enhances outdoor experiences when part of a group. The app allows its users to form/disband groups, share location data, and send messages.
HP Collaborating with Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, and others for luxury wristwatches
The hybrid wristwatches have OLED screens and Bluetooth connectivity for displaying incoming calls, messages, and other notifications from the wearer's smartphone.
Samsung Gear S3 hits South Korea
This new Android Wear smartwatch with interchangeable bands, as well as IP86-rated protection from water and dust hits Korea next to the Blue Coral version of the Galaxy S7 Edge flagship.
Timex IQ+ Move smartwatch now available
This new smart wearable has been designed for men and women and features interchangeable straps, a classic design, as well as the ability to track movements, sleep quality, and the number of calories burned.
Huawei Fit: Fitness tracker that looks like a Pebble watch
Apart from the new Mate 9 series, Huawei also introduced a fitness tracker last week that looks like a Pebble Watch and does continuous heart rate monitoring.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier pre-orders begin on AT&T
When purchased alongside a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a two-year plan on AT&T, this smartwatch has a price tag of just $49.99 USD. Without the handset, it comes for $17.50 USD per month for 20 months.
Asus ZenWatch 3 goes on sale
The first round ZenWatch smartwatch by Asus became available for purchase yesterday for $229 USD, a bit cheaper and earlier than anticipated. Shipments are expected to begin mid-November.
Emporio Armani Connected now available for purchase
This first connected luxury watch by Emporio Armani is the result of a partnership with Fossil and comes with basic features, but promises to offer an impressive battery life of no less than six months, all for a price tag starting below $250 USD.
Apple Watch Nike+ arriving tomorrow
This special edition wearable brings together the unique features of Apple Watch Series 2 and the new Nike+ Run Club app. It will be hit the US tomorrow, starting at $369 USD (38 mm) and $399 USD (42 mm).
Vphone S8: Smallest smartphone in the world to have a 1.54 inch display
Vphone announced their $30 S8 smartphone, a tiny, almost square device which integrates 2G support, a heart rate monitor and pedometer as well as FM radio and Bluetooth 4.0.
Samsung Gear S3 to hit the market next month
This Tizen-based smartwatch has been unveiled at the end of August and will hit the market next month in two versions, just as expected - Classic (Bluetooth connectivity only) and Frontier (Bluetooth and LTE).
Samsung Pay Beta hits the 3G/4G Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic
The cellular versions of both the Samsung Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic get beta-stage support for the mobile payment service in the US three months after their regular variants.
Google might launch two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches in early 2017
The first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches by Google were mentioned by some rumors last summer, and now it looks like the Internet search giant is targeting the first quarter of 2017 for their launch.
HTC One Watch shows up online
After a very long time in the rumor mill, it looks like the HTC smartwatch might finally be ready to hit the market, as shown by the images that surfaced on Weibo.
Google delays final Android Wear 2.0 update to early 2017
Google just announced a third developer preview of its next major Android Wear OS 2.0. It does introduce the Google Play store to Android Wear watches but delays the final release by a few months, Google says.
Fitbit Charge 2 hits the US market
This fitness tracker hits now multiple new markets, with more to be added next month, and a Special Edition Series to launch in December.
LG Pay launch delayed until next year
Although expected to arrive this year, LG Pay is now scheduled to launch in 2017, apparently due to issues encountered during testing in South Korea.
Apple's new iPhone 7 & Apple Watch promo videos focus on sports, water and low light
Apple released three new videos this weekend, promoting how an active lifestyle can be supported using iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and the new Apple Watch Series 2.