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Microsoft Band goes official with ten sensors and $199 price tag

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The freshly leaked Microsoft Band is now official and will work with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Redmond’s wearable device is made for the right hans, packs ten sensors, and will cost $199 when it hits the shelves on October 30 online and in Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft Band’s sensors allow it to measure heart rate, stress levels, and UV exposure among others. Read more »

Upcoming fitness band by Microsoft makes another appearance

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The previously tipped upcoming wearable device by Microsoft appeared ahead of its scheduled unveiling. The gadget’s dedicated sync app landed in the Mac App Store had of schedule.

Microsoft Band will be the name of the name of the wearable device when it debuts. Read more »

Lenovo Smartband allows you to unlock your PC without a password

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Lenovo has revealed its first wearable product, the Smartband SW-B100. While its name isn’t inspiring, the smartband is capable of doing some helpful things for you. It tracks your daily exercise, heart rate and sleep in addition to displaying notifications to suit your personal and work time.

One of the coolest features of the Lenovo Smartband is that it’s capable of logging you to your PC without having to enter a password. It works with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and above as well as iOS 7.1 and up. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live now receiving update to Android Wear 4.4W.2 too

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Following in the footsteps of the LG G Watch and the Moto 360, the Samsung Gear Live is now in the process of receiving an update to the latest version of Android Wear.

This is the same build that has rolled out to the other aforementioned smartwatches a few days ago. After applying the update, you’ll be on Android Wear 4.4W.2, build number KNX01Q. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 now up for pre-order at Verizon

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Sony’s first smartwatch to run Android Wear, the SmartWatch 3, is finally up for pre-order – yet just at Verizon of all places. It’s already been listed in the Play Store, but you’ll only be able to get it from there at some (still unannounced) later point.

The wearable is priced at $249.99 over at Verizon’s online store, and it’s due to start shipping by October 30. Read more »

Torque by Microsoft is a nifty search app for Android Wear

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Microsoft launched a crafty search application for Android Wear devices dubbed Torque. The app activates on the Android Wear device via a twist of the user’s wrist.

Of course, the search engine used by the app is powered by Bing, not Google’s own solution. Read more »

Firmware update for Moto 360 brings new features, squashes bugs

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Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch received a major firmware update. The new Android Wear build brings a host of new features and improvements to the wearable timepiece.

The two most notable new features that the update brings are Smart Battery Saving and more frequent time checks. Read more »

LG G Watch receives Android Wear update which enables offline music playback

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Back in September, Google told us to expect an update to Android Wear that would bring support for offline music playback and GPS sensors. And now it looks like the first Android Wear device to get the new software is LG’s G Watch.

Some owners of this particular smartwatch have started receiving update notifications. After applying the new bits, they’re on software version 4.4W.2 and build KNX01Q. And sure enough, a new ‘Play Music’ option shows up in the watch’s menu. Furthermore, the G Watch is now capable of pairing itself with Bluetooth audio accessories. Read more »

Fitbit Surge smartwatch with built-in GPS leaks out

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The maker of wearable devices Fitbit has a smartwatch with built-in GPS on the way. Dubbed Fitbit Surge, the device will reportedly be released in the coming weeks.

According to a leaked slide, Fitbit refers to the Surge as a “superwatch.” Read more »

Microsoft tipped to release a wearable device in the near future

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According to a report in Forbes, Microsoft is about to launch a wearable device in the coming weeks. The gadget will reportedly hit the shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.

Microsoft’s upcoming creation will focus on tracking physical activities that include steps, heart rate, and calories burned among others. Read more »

Samsung Gear S launches in India for $470

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Soon after announcing the launch details of the Samsung Gear S in the UK, the company also shed light on its availability in India. The smartwatch launches this week in India in black and white color options and will cost $470 (INR 28,900).

We don’t yet know whether the watch will be available in its Swarovski edition. Read more »

Halo smartwatches have real movements, transparent OLED touchscreens

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Smartwatches fall into two categories – a functionality-first type with square displays and looks-first with round design. An ideal execution of the second type will be an actual watch with a real movement and hands, but also with a display hidden in there somehow.

It’s the “somehow” that’s the crux of the issue but Longshine Technologies thinks it has the answer – a transparent OLED touchscreen. Read more »

Samsung Gear S arrives in the UK on October 24 at £330

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The Samsung Gear S watchphone will be arriving in the UK a week after the Galaxy Note 4 hits. The Tizen-running smartwatch has its own 3G modem so it can do calls and use mobile data on its own, no need for a connection to a smartphone, unlike the majority of smartwatches out there.

The Gear S comes in Black and White but only the Black version will be stocked at first. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch hits stores in November in limited numbers

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Asus announced the ZenWatch in September and promised it will hit store shelves in Taiwan in November. Sadly, however, according to information obtained by VR-Zone sources, Asus will offer the smartwatch in extremely limited quantities at launch.

If the information turns out to be true, then we wouldn’t keep our breath for Asus to release the ZenWatch outside Taiwan any time soon. There’s no additional information as to what is holding the company back to launch the wearable at this time. Read more »

Opera Mini is the first web browser for Samsung Gear S

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The Tizen-based Samsung Gear S now has its very own full web browser thanks to Opera.

The Opera Mini will allow you to browse the internet on your wrists and has the familiar features – mobile compression that shrinks pages to as little as 10% of their original size and speed dial with your recent pages. Read more »