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Garmin unveils three distinct smartwatches at CES 2015

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Wearables are undoubtedly on the rise and interest for the odd new tech niche seems to growing by the minute. And even though the emerging market is dominated by big tech giants, like Samsung and LG there are some very interesting offerings available from other makers.

The three devices in question fit perfectly into the odd new realm between smartwatches and fitness trackers and come from Garmin. The Kansas-based company, most famous for its various navigation tech has hit the floor at this year’s CES with a handful of peculiar devices to go on your wrist. They are all quite different from each other and come with their own twist. Read more »

Withings launches Activite Pop – $150 analog clock with step counter

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You may not have heard of Withings before but if you’re into fitness tracking and wearables you might want to read on.

The company has just announced its spanking new Activite Pop – an analog watch with a built-in tracker that counts steps, sleep, swimming and can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. Read more »

Omate unveils two round smartwatches, one goes on pre-order tomorrow

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Smartwatches are in vogue and round ones enjoy special attention. Omate will be launching two new ones this year – the Racer and the Roma – both based on the MediaTek MT2502 chipset “Aster.”

Unfortunately, the two smartwatches will run proprietary software rather than Android Wear. Also, little is known in terms of specs. Read more »

Flappy Bird hits Android Wear devices

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The popular 2014 time wasting phenomenon Flappy Bird is now unofficially available for Android Wear. A crafty developer ported the title to Google’s wearable device platform.

As as an unofficial port, the game is not available to install from Google Play. Read more »

Alcatel shows us what its very first smartwatch will look like

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Last year, a lot of mobile device makers jumped into the smartwatch realm, and apparently in 2015 we can expect some more of that. Specifically, it looks like those companies that haven’t yet presented a smartwatch (or two) will do so soon. The honor of being first to do that this year goes to Alcatel.

That’s because what you can see in the image above is the Alcatel OneTouch Watch. TCL (the company behind the Alcatel brand) is obviously quite proud of it, since it decided to semi-announce it a few days before CES. Read more »

Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed watches to have smartwatch functionality

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With technology brands slowly starting to encroach upon the territory of traditional timepiece makers with their fancy schmancy smartwatches, the watermakers are slowly starting to feel the heat. But while traditional watches are far away from extinction right now, that doesn’t mean watchmakers aren’t worried or not taking any steps to avoid becoming irrelevant.

Montblanc has announced a new Timewalker Urban Speed collection of watches that will have a special addition to the bottom of the strap. An optional display called e-Strap can be purchased with the watch that turns it into sort of a smartwatch. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch arrives in the UK one day early

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Having already made its way to the USA, the Asus ZenWatch was supposed to finally make its debut in the UK tomorrow. But, for whatever reason, the wearable was launched one day early, as you can already buy one today.

Like we told you before, for now the ZenWatch is exclusive to Currys PC World. So you can only purchase one from those two outlets. The situation may change in the future, of course. Read more »

Scania releases its own wearable, a rebranded Sony SmartWatch 3

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The latest company to hop onto the smartwatch bandwagon is Scania – yes, the truck making company from Sweden. It has unveiled the Scania Watch, its very first offering in this space, which is targeted at truck drivers, as you might expect.

The device is in fact a rebranded Sony SmartWatch 3, but it does feature some interesting software additions (as well as promises for much more to come in the future). This might make it more appealing to truck drivers than any other smartwatch out there. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch lands in the UK on December 23

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Asus’ first Android Wear-based smartwatch is going to finally make it to the UK later this month, after it became available in the US in November. The ZenWatch will be yours to grab starting on December 23, so it could make for a very last minute present for someone (or yourself).

If you want to buy one, you’ll initially only be able to do so from Currys and PC World, since apparently these two retailers have nabbed an exclusive on the watch. The price you’ll need to pay for it will be £200. Read more »

Pebble Android beta app update brings actionable notifications to the smartwatch

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An update to the Pebble Android beta app brought actionable notifications to the smartwatch. Version 2.3 of the beta app is available to users with devices running Android 4.0 and up.

The new functionality allows Pebble smartwatch users to reply to and delete messages among others, just like on an Android Wear device. Read more »

$30,000 diamond-encrusted Apple Watch available for preorder

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Wearable tech appears to be here to stay and the Apple Watch is the long anticipated future entrant to the fast-growing niche. It is set to arrive sometime early next year, but it appears that the smartwatch has already captivated the attention of the of the luxury world and in particular the American diamond importer Mervis.

It appears that it is never too early to reimagine a fashion accessory, as the prestigious company recently published a diamond-covered version of the Apple wearable on their Facebook page. The exquisite device is up for preorder with delivery dates set for the middle of 2015. The smart piece of Apple-powered jewelry is priced at $30,150, which coincidentally is around the price of an entry-level Chevrolet Camaro, but put into the right perspective sounds like a good deal. Read more »

Weekend poll results: LG G Watch R gets some fan love

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The smartwatch craze is in full swing and competition has never been more fierce, at least in the Android Wear world with a dash of Tizen and iOS for extra flavor. Precisely 7 days ago, we asked you which smartwatch currently available is your favorite having just released our LG G Watch R review.

Now, the results are in and the LG G Watch R is in for a sweet victory almost across the board. This is pretty encouraging news for the Korean company, since this is its first attempt at a completely round smartwatch running Android Wear. Read more »

Android Wear 5.0 Lollipop update announced with downloadable watch faces

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It looks like yesterday’s rumor was right. Google has now announced the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Wear smartwatch platform, which will be rolling out to all Android Wear devices in the next week. Aside from bumping up the Android version number it’s based on, the new Wear software will come with several enhancements.

And what is already the most advertised of those is the addition of Android Wear watch faces to the Google Play Store. There are many new watch faces in there just waiting to be downloaded. And the new watch face API is now out for all developers, so they can create even more of them. Read more »

Sony’s smart wearables can now be used as game controllers

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We’ve seen some games crop up on smartwatches, but what about playing with the smartwatch rather than on it? That’s exactly what HandyGames did (I’m not sure if the name is a coincidence or not).

HandyGames adapted its Aces of the Luftwaffe to use a wearable as a sort of joystick. Read more »

Another Moto 360 smartwatch ad goes live, check it out

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Motorola released another ad for the Moto 360 smartwatch. The latest clip, like the quartet of videos from last week, is part of the “A watch for our times” series of ads.

Entitled “Architect,” the new clip shows a creative mind in the middle of work, accompanied by classical music. Read more »