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Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R prices slashed on the Google Play Store

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Earlier this month, Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch got a $70 price cut and the leather strap model was available for purchase from Amazon and Best Buy. That coincided with the arrival of the Apple Watch.

Now even the Google Play Store is offering the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch for $180 and this price cut is said to be permanent. Along with that, the LG G Watch R model also got a $50 price cut and is available at a new effective price of $250. Read more »

LG G Watch no longer on sale

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One of the first Android Wear devices (the other being the Samsung Gear Live) is no longer being sold. The device is no longer visible on the Play Store in any of the regions. Since Samsung already pulled the Gear Live from certain markets, they now have no Android Device category available on the Play Store.

The G Watch was the first and by far the simplest of all the Android Wear devices. It really was a matchbox shaped device with little to no design flair. It looked like it was designed in the lunch break. It was good enough if you absolutely wanted an Android Wear device and would be okay with the cheapest one available (which is why I have one as well) but it wasn’t something you’d buy because it looked cool. Read more »

Verizon to reportedly begin carrying the LG Watch Urbane on April 28

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On April 28, US carrier Verizon will begin carrying LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, according to some leaked promotional material revealed by the website Android Spin.

The smartwatch, which made its way to the Google Store in the US earlier today, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. Over in the UK, online retailer Clove is selling it for £260 ($394). As per the leak, Verizon will be selling the device for $350. Read more »

Asus CEO says ZenWatch successor won’t hit the market until next year

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The ZenWatch successor will not be launched until 2016, according to Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who made the comment during the ZenFone 2 India launch event. It’s worth mentioning that back in December last year, Shen had said that the smartwatch, tipped to be called the ZenWatch 2, will be released in Q3 2015,

He also revealed that the wearable will be available in two variants, one for men and the other for women. It is, however, not yet known whether the devices will have different designs or just different straps for customization. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane arrives in the Google Store

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As promised, the Android Wear-toting LG Watch Urbane smartwatch made its way to the Google Store in the United States. Earlier today, the wearable device became available to order in the United Kingdom via the online retailer Clove.

LG’s high-end smartwatch is priced at $349 and will leave the warehouse by May 8. Read more »

It’s time to find out if the Apple Watch will blend

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For some entirely mysterious reason, “Will it blend?” is still a thing, even now in 2015. As you may have expected, the latest gadget to go through this ordeal is the Apple Watch.

So if our pre-review parody wasn’t enough for you and you want to see some more of Apple’s first wearable, here you go. You may even enjoy the obvious iPhone as a watch on someone’s wrist joke. But do note that an Apple Watch was hurt in the making of this video. Read more »

Instead of an Apple Watch review

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Each ring of the doorbell sends our editorial staff running to the door with screams “The Apple Watch is here!” I don’t have the heart to tell them the shipping estimate is for mid-May even though we hit the buy button mere seconds after pre-order started.

While the two unladen swallows fly the Apple Watch to our office all the way from Cupertino, we got our resident Jony Ive impersonator to help us relive the thrill of the unveiling event. Read more »

LG Watch Urbane now available for purchase in UK

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LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, is finally available for purchase in the UK, where online retailer Clove now has the device in stock, and is selling it for £260 ($394).

The wearable carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. It will be available in 13 different countries through Google Store starting tomorrow, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, UK and the US. Read more »

Apple Watch display goes under the Consumer Reports scratch test

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We saw the Apple Watch failing quite miserably when it comes to hiding scratches on its shiny stainless steel body. However, the display is a different thing entirely. The Apple Watch comes with two types of display covers, one is the Ion-X on the Apple Watch Sport and the other is the sapphire crystal on the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.

Consumer Reports, which is usually at the forefront of every Applegate issue. has run some scratch tests on both versions of the Apple Watch displays. Their findings weren’t all that surprising. Read more »

Samsung Gear 2 spotted running Android Wear

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Even though the smartwatch niche is still pretty much in its infancy, Samsung has managed to already go through quite a few wearable gadgets. Some of you might remember the Gear 2. It came out back when the craze for curved displays was only beginning and is essentially a souped-up version of the original Galaxy gear, complete with camera and more number-crunching power. It was also one of the company’s first ambassadors for the Tizen OS.

One eager developer on XDA, unsatisfied with Samsung’s new OS, has managed to run Android Wear on the device. True fan dedication can go a long way, especially in a community like XDA. According to the creator of the port, it took him four months to get the device to boot into Google’s wearable platform and it is still pretty much a proof of concept. Read more »

Apple Watch found to be getting scratched easily

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Ever picked up an old iPod with a stainless steel back and noticed how the back looks like it was dragged across town? Looks like Apple is using the same stainless steel on the Apple Watch because users have started noticing scratches on it within days of owning it.

Several people are reporting their stainless steel Apple Watch is picking up scratches within days or even hours of using it. The image above is by Michael Kukielka, a.k.a. The DetroitBORG on YouTube, who got scratches on his watch within 24 hours. Read more »

Weekly poll: Smartwatch battle: Apple Watch vs the world

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The Apple Watch is officially here! Well technically. In keeping with its promise for an April 24 release date, the high-tech gadget is no longer in a preorder stage, but actually picking up one might still be a problem.

Yet apart from the glaring availability issues Cupertino is facing, the Apple Watch is a reality and we can’t wait to see how it fares in the growing smart wearable market. In this line of thought, we thought it would be only fair to pit it against its most-likely contenders in this week’s poll and ask you, our loyal readers, which device you fancy the most. Read more »

The Apple Watch charger works with Qi-enabled devices

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The Apple Watch and its charging cradle were taken apart, but a secret still remains inside. The charging cradle uses an inductive charging coil to send electricity to the Watch without wires.

Apple normally avoids common standards so everyone just assumed this charging solution is a custom job, but it turns out this may not be the case. Read more »

iFixit tears down Apple Watch to reveal Taptic Engine, tiny components

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Apple has started shipping the new Apple Watch to the early buyers in the US. While many are impatiently waiting for their unit to arrive, flurry of reviews are already hitting the interwebs. Meanwhile, several other regions still await official date of availability.

Many are already marveling their Apple Watch units, getting used to a new member in the Apple product family. The premium look of the Watch might be droolworthy for the Apple design lovers, but several would be interested in the hardware driving this wrist hugging gadget. Read more »

Apple celebrates the Watch launch with new promo videos

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Today is the Apple Watch day – you can officially order it online, while the retail sales will begin in few months. The Watch is on back-order, so you’ll have to wait about two months before it arrives at your doorsteps, but at least you can now place your order, right?

So, you can’t get an Apple Watch soon, unless you bought it from one of the six fashion boutiques scattered around the world. But at least you can warm up with the new promo videos uploaded today. Read more »