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Smartwatch bonanza: hottest smartwatches at IFA compared

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IFA used to be dominated by smartphone announcements, then tablets moved in and now wearables are the new hotness. Many companies have various smartbands but we’re only interested in proper smartwatches – ones with big screens for notifications and with a proper OS to run apps.

This cuts the number of contestants down somewhat but not enough, it can still take you a while to wade through specs and price not to mention looks. There’s a battle shaping up versus practical square watches and aesthetically pleasing round watches. Here are all the specs in one place to make things a little easier. Read more »

Google details Android Wear updates for the rest of the year

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Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.

This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system. Read more »

HTC won’t make a smartwatch after all, rumor says

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According to the ever-present “sources familiar with the matter”, HTC has decided to give up on the idea of creating its very own smartwatch.

In an age in which seemingly every Android smartphone maker has branched out into this new wearable category (undoubtedly helped by the existence of the Android Wear platform), this might sound like an odd decision. Read more »

LG G Watch R will be out on October 14

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LG’s round-faced smartwatch running Android Wear, the G Watch R, is due to become available on October 14. The news reportedly comes straight from the Korean company itself.

LG hasn’t yet officially announced pricing for the G Watch R internationally. However, the press release unveiling the new watch for the German market mentioned a recommended retail price of €299. Read more »

LG G Watch R hands-on

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Smartwatches are all the rage here at IFA 2014 with Asus, Samsung and Sony getting in the mix and now LG has shown its first rounded smartwatch – the G Watch R.

It has a rounded watch face complete with a 1.3″ rounded POLED (plastic organic light-emitting diode) display, Snapdragon 400 chipset and a battery that will reportedly be able to endure for one day and a half to two days with the always on feature enabled. Read more »

LG starts mass producing rounded P-OLED displays for its G Watch R smartwatch

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LG Display has announced today that its has started development of the “the first circular Plastic OLED” display to be featured in their G Watch R smartwatch.

The rounded P-OLED display is set to have a diameter of 1.3 inches and a thickness of just 0.6mm. Read more »

Check out the new Gear S in Samsung’s latest video

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Other than the Note 4 and the Galaxy Edge, Samsung also showcased the previously announced Samsung Gear S smartwatch during the keynote at IFA. The new Gear S features improved connectivity features and is designed to work on its own even without pairing it with a smartphone.

One of the features of the Gear S is the new 2.0-inch curved Super AMOLED display. Like it’s predecessors, the Gear S also has a built-in heart rate monitor that tracks your heart beats while you work out. Read more »

Sony updates its wearables with new SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk

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Sony had quite a presence at this year’s IFA in Berlin, and after introducing its new Z3 lineup it’s decided to cap things off with two new wearables.

The SmartWatch 3 will be the company’s first smart device to run on Android Wear, while the SmartBand Talk brings voice communication and telephony to the company’s popular SmartBand fitness tracker. Read more »

Asus announces new ZenWatch wearable

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The latest from ASUS out of IFA 2014 includes its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch.

The ZenWatch, produced in partnership with Google, features a curved glass design and a case that designed to follow the contours of your wrist, alongside a premium leather strap. Read more »

InWatch and Meizu team up to offer the $65 InWatch Pi MX edition

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The Meizu MX4 went official hours ago, but that’s not the only piece of tech the company revealed today. The company also announced a smartwatch from InWatch to complement its latest smartphone.

The two companies have teamed up to reveal the InWatch Pi MX4 Edition. It’s a round watch, but it’s not as smart as a Moto 360 is, as it doesn’t have Andoird Wear in board. The (smart)watch is more like a ‘connected watch’ for the lack of any better name for this category of products. Read more »

The Swarovski for Samsung collection claims Gear S

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The latest fashion victim of the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection is the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.

The watch’s strap will be covered with Swarovski cut crystals that will complement the curved design of the Tizen-based smartwatch. Read more »

Best Buy selling the LG G Watch with a $50 discount

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It’s only been a few months since the first wave of Android Wear devices hit the shelves and we are already preparing for the next ones. However, if you don’t mind picking up a slightly older model, Best Buy has a deal for you.

The deal is only available on the LG G Watch and gets you a $50 discount on the price tag, bringing it down to $179.99 if you order it from their online store, and not from their retail outlets. That’s a decent bit of discount if you were thinking of picking one right now. Read more »

Nike+ Running app for Samsung Gear S gets announced

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Samsung and Nike have announced today that they’re partnering up to bring the Nike+ Running app to the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.

The watch was made official yesterday, and it is Samsung’s first wearable that can work independently of a smartphone. The Nike app will be able to exploit this capability, by tracking your moves and mapping your runs using only the GPS and 3G connection built into the Gear S. Read more »

Nokia HERE Maps to provide free, offline navigation to Samsung Galaxy smartphones

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Samsung and Nokia have announced that HERE Maps are arriving in beta form on Android, free for Galaxy phones. HERE comes with voice-guided navigation capabilities and will work offline too, something which Google Maps doesn’t allow.

The Tizen-running Samsung Gear smartwatches are getting HERE maps too. The initial announcement was a little vague but now we have the full details. Read more »

LG G Watch R gets officially priced in Germany

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LG Germany spilled the beans on the price tag of the freshly announced G Watch R. The sleek-looking wearable with curved P-OLED display will cost €299 when it hits the shelves in Germany in October.

The above pricing makes the LG G Watch R the most expensive Android Wear device to date. Read more »