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Lollipop for Android Wear will bring many new features, leak shows

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Android Wear has gotten an update or two so far since its official unveiling a few months back, but those only brought with them minor new features. That said, it looks like the Lollipop update for Google’s wearable platform will come with many new things, and they’ve all been detailed in a comprehensive leak.

Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop for phones and tablets is ready to start appearing in over-the-air updates near you, we assume Android Wear will be the next focus for Google – namely, getting it updated to Lollipop. Read more »

LG G Watch is now 50% off on Flipkart in India

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Samsung just launched the Gear S smartwatch in India, but if you don’t need all the added connectivity options you might want to check out the LG G Watch. Like the Gear S, it’s a square smartwatch (the round one is called G Watch R) and it’s currently 50% off on Flipkart.com.

Users report it had been priced as low as INR 6,500 temporarily (57% off) but it went up a bit over the last few hours. Read more »

Samsung launches the Gear S in India exclusively on Amazon

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Samsung has launched Gear S smartwatch in India. The device is available exclusively through Amazon India for Rs. 27,900 ($453) in black or white.

The Gear S is Samsung’s latest smartwatch running on the Tizen platform. Unlike most other smartwatches out there, the Gear S includes its own SIM card, which allows it to function without a smartphone and still receive calls and messages all the time. It also includes other smartwatch features, such as health tracking, navigation and it can also play music via Bluetooth headphones. Read more »

Samsung unveils its first TV commercial for the Gear S watch

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The Gear S smartwatch is a best-seller in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, and now it’s received its first ever TV ad too. This has been published by Samsung on its official YouTube channel, and it’s a short, concise look at a few things that make this watch stand out.

The Gear S, you may remember, is the first smartwatch to come with its own mobile network connectivity (and a SIM card slot for that purpose), eschewing the need for it to constantly be paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth. Read more »

10,000 Samsung Gear S smartwatches sold in South Korea on the first day

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The Samsung Gear S, a Tizen-powered smartwatch with its own voice and data connection, launched about a week ago in its home country of South Korea and apparently passed 10,000 sales on Day 1. The 3G-enabled smartwatch went on sale on November 5 through local carriers SK Telecom and KT.

This number doesn’t include sales from other regions where the Gear S launched. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock in the United States

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Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in stock at the Google Play store in the United States The wearable device is listed as ready to leave the warehouse in 1-2 business days.

The $249.99 Sony SmartWatch 3 first appeared in the Play store in the middle of last month. Read more »

LG G Watch R becomes available in the UK too

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Following its arrival in the Google Play Store for the US, the LG G Watch R is now officially up for grabs in the UK too. This has been quite a long time coming, as initial reports pegged its release date in Britain as being October 24.

That came and went, though, with no G Watch R units available. Until today. If you want to, you can now buy one of these smartwatches for £225. Read more »

Asus ZenWatch will be on sale in the US on November 9, priced at $199

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It’s been a while since Asus unveiled its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch. Around two months, in fact. Fret not, though, for the Taiwanese company is finally set to release the wearable in the US at the end of this week.

On Sunday, to be precise. Sales for the ZenWatch will commence in the US on November 9. Starting on that day it will be offered by Best Buy. Availability on the Google Play Store will follow at a later point in time. Read more »

Moto 360 with metal bands now available for $299

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The Moto 360 smartwatch has been out for a while, but so far only in the iteration that comes with leather straps. That all changes today, though, since Motorola has officially announced that two models with metal bands are now available to purchase.

You’ll need to pay a $50 premium for the metal, however. Whereas the leather 360 costs $249, the metal models retail for $299. Right now you can order either a light or dark Moto 360 with matching metal band from Motorola’s own website. Read more »

New wrist straps let you change the look of the Samsung Gear S

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The Samsung Gear S is available only in Black or White but now the you can add a splash of color to it with five Wrist Straps. There’s also the Bangle Strap, which only comes in black and white, but is wider than the original strap, so it still gives the smartwatch a makeover.

The Wrist Straps have narrow bands that go around the body of the Gear S watch so they add color to its otherwise black face (even the White model has a black front panel). Read more »

Samsung Gear S finally arrives in the UK on November 7

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Samsung’s first smartwatch to sport its own SIM card slot, the Gear S, was supposed to go on sale in the UK on October 24. However, that didn’t happen. The good news, on the other hand, is that there’s now an official release date for the wearable in Britain: November 7.

That’s right, you only have to wait a couple more days if you’re in the UK and want to buy a Gear S. The pricing has remained unchanged: £329. Read more »

Moto 360 and LG G Watch R are officially on their way to AT&T

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AT&T has announced a bunch of phones today, but it apparently didn’t want to disappoint smartwatch fans either. So, the carrier has officially unveiled that it will sell both the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R.

These are currently the only round smartwatches running Android Wear, Google’s spinoff OS for wearables. While the Moto 360′s display isn’t perfectly round, the one in LG’s effort is slightly smaller. Read more »

Kyocera Proteus prototype is a bendy smartphone that can turn into a bracelet

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We’ve seen bendable screens from both Samsung and LG but Japanese tech company Kyocera has been working on the problem since 2009. Kyocera’s concept is called the Proteus, which will be a smartphone that’s bendy enough to turn into a bracelet.

AMOLED seems to be the popular choice of display tech here, but Kyocera wants to take it further and create a bezel-less display with a physical keypad that appears and disappears on demand. Read more »

HP and Michael Bastian introduce MB Chronowing smartwatch

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Smartwatches are in and HP wants a piece of the action. Instead of going for an established, feature-rich platform, HP went for style and partnered with Michael Bastian for a more classic watch look and durability.

The base model features a 44mm stainless steel casing, three exchangeable straps, 5ATM (50m) water resistance and a week of battery life. Read more »

Microsoft Band goes official with ten sensors and $199 price tag

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The freshly leaked Microsoft Band is now official and will work with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Redmond’s wearable device is made for the right hand, packs ten sensors, and will cost $199 when it hits the shelves on October 30 online and in Microsoft stores in the United States.

Microsoft Band’s sensors allow it to measure heart rate, stress levels, and UV exposure among others. Read more »