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Samsung’s new S Band wearable fitness tracker surfaces

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The Samung Galaxy S4′s companion, the S Band, never saw the light of retail day, but it looks like Samsung is trying again to bring the S Band to market with the release of the Galaxy S5.

The S Band fitness tracker should be released in a few months. Hit the jump below to learn more about the wearable’s features. Read more »

Nexus smartwatch to have 1.65″ screen, more specs revealed

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The MWC this year made it clear that wearables are the new hotness and Sundar Pichai, Android’s head, was talking about a new wearables API. So, of course, rumors of a Nexus smartwatch are running amok.

All fingers are pointing to LG as the manufacturer and popular rumor source @evleaks has dug up more details. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit official hands-on is out

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The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit got the official hands-on treatment from Samsung to highlight their best features. Both devices can help you exercise with built-in heart rate monitors and display notifications from the phone.

The more advanced Gear 2 can also function as a standalone device, by streaming music over Bluetooth to your headset as you run, for example. It also handles voice calls and can control your TV via the IR blaster. Read more »

Pebble appstore now available on Android

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Pebble has announced that their mobile appstore is now finally available on Android. Users who wish to access it will have to download the Pebble Android app from Google Play Store.

The Pebble appstore is part of the new Pebble 2.0 app that also has a new design. You will be able to access the entire store from the app, download the app and then push it to your Pebble watch. The Pebble appstore previously made an appearance on the iOS version but it took Pebble some time to get it working on Android. Read more »

HERE-powered walk navigation comes to the Galaxy Gear through TurnByTurn app

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HERE Maps has partnered with Symphony Teleca to bring its walking navigation to the TurnByTurn app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Symphony Teleca bases its TurnByTurn app on Nokia HERE’s Android SDK, which allows it to use the company’s location services get navigation to the Galaxy Gear. Read more »

Samsung releases Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 commercials

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Samsung has released two new commercials for the new Galaxy S5 smartphone and the Gear 2 smartwatch, respectively. Both commercials were also shown during yesterday’s 86th Academy Awards ceremony, which Samsung was an official sponsor of.

Both ads are quite simple and done quite well. They feature simple shots of the products with a few line of text using double entendre, talking about the devices and the ceremony during which they were telecast at the same time. Read more »

Samsung releases Gear 2 and Gear Fit SDK

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Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo went official just three days ago, running on a Tizen-based OS. This time around though Samsung has confirmed both smartwatches will support third-party apps.

The lack of third-party apps was a major drawback on the first Gear watch and we are happy to see Samsung is changing its strategy. So, just as promised at the announcement, the SDK for the Gear 2 duo is now live. Read more »

Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on

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Tizen OS was thrown into the fray at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona right away as Samsung announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are pretty similar devices but the Neo omits the 2MP camera, for a reduced weight of 55g. The Gear 2 will weigh 68g. Read more »

Huawei Talkband B1 is a smartwatch/bluetooth headset

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The Huawei Talkband B1 has a trick up its sleeve.

In addition to being a smartwatch, it also supports wireless calling. Read more »

Google’s smartwatch to be manufactured by LG

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A Google-made smartwatch has been living in Rumorland for quite a while now, but the hotly anticipated accessory might finally debut at the company I/O developer’s conference that kicks off on June 25.

According to the notorious tipster evleaks, the upcoming wearable from Google will be manufactured by LG. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo leak [Updated]

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Unfazed by the lackluster demand for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung is (ahem) gearing towards launching its successor. And it seems there are going to be not one but two new Galaxy Gear smartwatches this year.

Evleaks just tweeted a photo of two new Samsung smartwatches that look quite similar to the current Galaxy Gear, called Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo. Taking Samsung’s recent naming convention into consideration, the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo is bound to be simpler of the two new watches with more aggressive pricing. Read more »

Qualcomm Toq price dropped by $100

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Qualcomm has announced a sweet $100 off the price of their smartwatch, the Qualcomm Toq. The device was originally priced at $349.99 but will now be available at $249.99 for both the black and the white versions.

The Toq is Qualcomm’s first attempt at the nascent smartwatch category. The unique feature about this watch that set it apart from the Pebble was the presence of a color Mirasol display, also developed by Qualcomm. Although a decent smartwatch, the price was clearly too high for many aspiring buyers, so it’s no wonder Qualcomm dropped it not too long after launch. Read more »

HTC prepping three wearable devices for MWC – two smartwatches and a band

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According to a Bloomberg source close to HTC, the Taiwanese company is aiming to show off three wearable devices to carrier representatives at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. One of them is a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq, the other a smartwatch which will rely heavily on Google Now and finally a bracelet targeted at music lovers.

The source reveals that HTC will likely keep said three devices under wraps from the public eye and only showcase them privately for now – bummer! Read more »

Samsung smartwatch with Tizen OS gets tipped for MWC launch

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According to a report in USA Today, the upcoming refresh of the Samsung Galaxy Gear will boot Tizen OS. The Korean giant is widely expected to launch its next generation smartwatch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5 next week, on February 24.

Reportedly, the upcoming smartwatch will feature new HTML5 version of Tizen. Read more »

The MWC to see Galaxy Tab 4 and Galaxy Gear 2 announcements

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Rumors indicate that this month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona could see more than one announcement from Samsung.

Besides the anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship, sources indicate that new editions of their popular Galaxy Tab series of tablets and Galaxy Gear smartwatch could get announced. Read more »