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The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source: repair.org)

Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source

Huawei Watch smartwatch to get a successor in February 2017

Huawei Watch 2 might arrive at MWC

Huawei Watch will get a successor simply known as Watch 2. A teaser posted on Weibo reveals that this smartwatch will be unveiled at the end of the month, during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
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Verizon Wear24 Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with LTE connectivity

Wear24 LTE smartwatch coming to Verizon Wireless

This upcoming smartwatch is IP67-certified for resistance against the elements, runs Android Wear 2.0, and it even features customizable watch faces. It goes on sale next month for $300 USD.
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Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband brings the classic Atari 2600 to smartwatches. (Source: Gameband Kickstarter)

The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist

The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Canalys' smartwatch sales by vendor in 2016

Apple leads the smartwatch market

According to an estimate by research firm Canalys, Apple controlled 49 percent of the global smartwatch market in 2016, followed by Fitbit and Samsung, with 17 percent and 15 percent.
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ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch image leaked by Evan Blass

ZTE Quartz smartwatch might launch soon

The first alleged image of this upcoming wearable was leaked by Evan Blass yesterday and is possible to see it unveiled later today, next to a few other Android Wear 2.0 devices by other brands.
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LG Watch Sport Android Wear smartwatch details on Geekbench

LG Watch Sport hits Geekbench

The upcoming smartwatch has been spotted next to references to Android 7.1.1 Nougat and LTE cellular support, so the Watch Sport will probably launch with Android Wear 2.0 out-of-the-box.
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Jawbone has been fairly quiet since the release of the UP3 in September 2015. (Source: Jawbone)

Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses

The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
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New Balance RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch with Intel Atom processor

New Balance RunIQ now available

This Intel-engineered smart wearable by New Balance features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, multiple sensors, runs Android Wear and comes with Google Play Music support. It should hit the market soon for around $300 USD.
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Despite a difficult Q3, the Apple Watch proved to be a popular gift during the holiday season. (Source: Pocketnow)

Smartwatch year-on-year sales barely increased in 2016

While growth was ultimately positive, the increase was insignificant. The total number of smartwatches shipped in 2016 numbered 21.1 million, an increase of 1.4% over the previous year. The Apple Watch is dominating the market by a significant margin.
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After February, Coin services will no longer be available. (Source: Coin)

Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February

While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
LG Watch Style Android smartwatch leaked image

LG Watch Style rumored to retail for $249 USD

The upcoming Watch Style is expected to launch next to the fully-featured Watch Sport next week. Rumored to cost $249 USD and up, this smart wearable will come with interchangeable bands and a few color options.
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Apple Watch smartwatch gets watchOS 3.2 firmware update

Apple releases watchOS 3.2 to developers

The update comes with a new Theatre Mode, as well as access to SiriKit, thus allowing third parties to interact with the virtual assistant on the Apple Watch, but also limiting the app types that can use it.
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Fitbit, maker of popular fitness wearables, missed revenue targets for 2016. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue

Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 activity tracker to get a successor soon

Samsung Gear Fit Pro might launch soon

Those who do not find the Gear Fit 2 or the Gear S2/Gear S3 suitable for their health/fitness tracking needs might soon get a new smart wearable from Samsung that offers such features, allegedly named Gear Fit Pro.
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TAG Heuer Connected luxury smartwatch sales exceeded expectations, successor coming in May

TAG Heuer to launch a new smartwatch in May

Although the company only expected to sell 20,000 Connected units, TAG Heuer managed to ship no less than 56,000, and now they aim even higher. The upcoming smartwatch by this Swiss brand is scheduled to arrive in May, and the plan is to sell over 150,000 units.
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HTC Halfbeak smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 coming soon

HTC Halfbeak smartwatch surfaces online

The long-awaited HTC One Watch has just surfaced on Weibo as "Halfbeak" and seems like a smart wearable that is the result of HTC's collaboration with Under Armour. Sadly, its specs and launch date are not known.
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Polar M600 Android Wear smartwatch with GPS and music streaming to get Android Wear 2.0 update

Android Wear 2.0 expected to arrive on February 9

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.
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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition smartwatch successor coming in February

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.
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Android Wear smartwatches, Android Wear 2.0 coming in February 2017

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.
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Fitbit acquires Vector Watch

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.
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Samsung Chromebook Pro closeup, one of the many Samsung products that got awards at CES 2017

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.
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Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker gets iOS compatibility

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.
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Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, Fitbit app store rumored to launch soon

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.
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Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches available for purchase January 2017, three more announced at CES 2017

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.
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Garmin Fenix 5 series multisport GPS watches

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.
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Misfit Vapor smartwatch with touchscreen display

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 WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with Android Wear and GPS support coming in April 2017

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.
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ZTE Android Wear smartwatch render

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.
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Asus releases Zennovation Zenfone teaser ahead of CES 2017

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.
Render pictures of the Google Smartwatches that will be released in early 2017 with Android Wear 2.0.

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.
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The Honor Magic has a uniquely slick look, decent specs, and some ambitious software features at a mid-range price. (Source: GSMArena)

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.
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Fossil branded smartwatches, Fossil Diesel and Kate Spade coming soon

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.
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Apple watchOS-driven smartwatches, watchOS 3.1.1 update problems

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.
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Cronologics joins Google to help improve Android Wear

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.
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Wearables market up 3.1 percent while Apple Watch slips

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 promises to bring faster transfer rates over longer distances. (Source: Bluetooth SIG)

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.
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One third of wearable devices abandoned by their owners

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.
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Pebble, one of the pioneers of smartwatches, will immediately halt all hardware production. (Source: Pebble)

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.
The Apple vs. Samsung patent fight has been ongoing since 2011. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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 Band fitness tracker IP67-rated launches for around $33 USD

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.
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Fitbit Charge 2 fitness tracker, Pebble might soon join Fitbit

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.
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Samsung Gear S3 BALR. special edition smartwatch launching in Netherlands December 2016

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.
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Samsung Pay mobile payment service in use, not working on Gear S3 with Google Pixel smartphones

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 2 Collection White, Pebble firmware 4.3 now available

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.
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Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch gets new software November 2016

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).
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TAG Heuer Connected luxury smartwatch, Intel does not leave the wearables market

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."
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Google Translate offers better translations starting today thanks to Neural Machine Translation.

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.
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The Matrix PowerWatch relies on the wearer's body heat to power it. (Source: Matrix Industries)

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.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)