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Weekend poll: Vote for your favorite smartwatch – Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year we got to see two very special Android Wear smartwatches – the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane. Now that the congress is over, it’s time to ask for your opinion on which one of the two is best.

Choosing a watch is very much a matter of personal taste and that’s why this poll is so interesting. Both watches look stylish, but each has unique traits, which make it stand out. Read more »

Eddy Cue elaborates on payments using Apple Watch

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Apple announced Apple Pay last year, which allows you to use the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with compatible payment systems wirelessly and without using traditional payment systems. The company announced the system is coming to the Apple Watch as well but didn’t quite go into many details.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, was at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California yesterday for a game, which is using Apple’s payment system. He talked about the Apple Watch payments to Mashable. Read more »

Reserve Strap is an Apple Watch charging band

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There is a charging band for Apple Watch coming our way. Dubbed Reserve Strap, the accessory will extend the wearable’s battery life by “up to 125%.”

Reserve Strap features built-in batteries and magnetic inducing charging. Read more »

Apple inviting select developers to test their apps directly on the Apple Watch

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Apple may have announced the Apple Watch late last year but the company hasn’t really allowed anyone near the device until it’s expected launch next week. Except maybe for a few top developers.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has allowed a select few developers to test their upcoming Apple Watch applications on the device itself. This includes the likes of BMW, Facebook, and United Continental Holdings Inc. Read more »

iOS support may be coming to Android Wear, unofficial options are already here

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Sources claim that Google is working on iOS support for its Android Wear smartwatch platform, which couldn’t come sooner with the Apple Watch launch.

In the meantime several developers have created their own solutions. Read more »

Pebble Time becomes the most funded Kickstarter to date

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Pebble Time is now the most funded Kickstarter project to date. With over $14 million from backers, the smartwatch topped the previous champion Coolest Cooler by a cool million (the original Pebble is number three on the list).

The impressive feat was achieved only a week after the Pebble Time project kicked off. Read more »

Google is rumored to be working on Android Wear app for iOS

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A new rumor out of France claims Google is currently working on releasing the Android Wear app for Apple’s mobile platform. As you might have imagined, this would enable smartwatches running Android Wear to work with iPhones and iPads.

As this is nothing but an unconfirmed rumor at this point, the usual pinch of salt is advised. The new app for iOS could be launched during Google’s I/O developer conference in May, but it might get officially teased even sooner – so as to make (at least some) people think twice about buying an Apple Watch. Read more »

Pebble unveils Time Steel at the MWC, backers get the option to upgrade

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The Pebble team is playing Kickstarter like a fiddle – just as the campaign was losing steam after the explosive growth of the first 24 hours, the Pebble Time Steel was announced. This should inject the campaign with a fresh dose of enthusiasm, but will also draw in people who were holding out for the inevitable all-metal version.

Current backers needn’t be jealous though, they have the option to upgrade to the Time Steel if they are okay with the price premium. Read more »

HTC gets serious about exercise with HTC Grip smart band

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HTC has been promising a wearable for years now, but this year it delivered. The HTC Grip is a smart band with a built-in GPS, built in a collaboration with Under Armour. The company made it clear this isn’t for casual tarining, the Grip is aimed at fitness enthusiast and pro athletes.

Being a serious tool, it focuses on standalone performance rather than its interactions with a smartphone (it’s compatible with Android 4.3+ and iOS 7+). Read more »

Huawei Watch promo videos leak, show the smartwatch up close

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Two promo videos of the Huawei Watch have leaked revealing the smartwatch’s personality in a bit more detail. A couple of days ago, we saw the watch for the first time in an ad banner at the Barcelona airport.

One of the videos tells the story behind the watch’s design and the materials Huawei has used to make it. On top of its perfectly circular display, the Huawei watch sports sapphire glass for protection. The diameter of the screen is 42mm, which the company says is the best size for a luxury watch, which fits both men and women. Read more »

Huawei Watch with Android Wear gets revealed through ad at Barcelona airport

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Well, the cat’s out of the bag now. Huawei has been teasing a smartwatch for a couple of weeks or so, but today we get to see exactly what it will look like. This is thanks to the fact that Huawei already has ads for the watch at Barcelona airport, waiting to welcome people attending MWC we assume.

Since the Android Wear logo is present in the bottom right corner of the ad, it’s clear which platform the Huawei Watch will run. As you can see, this is another round contender in the smartwatch space, and judging from this image alone it seems to be one of the best looking wearables revealed so far. Read more »

Swiss show off smartwatches with a shared platform and 2 year battery life

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The Swiss are famous for their watches, but have been very shy about smartwatches so far. Mondaine (makers of the iconic Swiss railway clocks), Frederique Constant and Alpina (an FC subsidiary) have all introduced smartwatches at Baselworld, a key watch and jewellery industry showcase event.

The Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 (with labels in the namesake font) is based on the regular watch model of the same name but sprinkles some smart functionality. Read more »

Motorola will bring the Moto Maker customization service to the Moto 360

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So far, Motorola’s Moto Maker service has allowed you to order a very personalized Moto X from the company. But next month it will become available for the Moto 360 smartwatch too.

You’ll get to choose a casing – either silver, black, or champagne gold. Then you pick a band size, from the two available. The band itself can be either metal or leather. And finally, you select one of 11 watch faces, and the one you like will show up when you first turn the wearable on. Read more »

Apple Watch will at least be showerproof, according to Tim Cook

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Speaking to employees at the company’s Kurfürstendamm store in Berlin, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that he now wears his Apple Watch all the time, even while showering. So even if the company’s first smartwatch won’t be able to come diving with you, at least it will be able to withstand water splashes.

Up until now there’s been no mention of water resistance from Apple, save for the promotional image you can see above. It also implies that the Watch will be splashproof, but maybe nothing more. Read more »

To the Moon: Pebble Time reaches 38 thousand backers, $8 million in less than 24 hours

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And just like that the Pebble Time smart watch has reached over 38 thousand backers and a whopping $8 million pledged. Granted Pebble could have gone the traditional route, but it’s one of the legendary Kickstarters and there’s no denying this is great marketing.

Less than 24 hours since the campaign launched it’s closing in on the previous campaign, $10.3 million, but at this rate it should break all records. Read more »