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Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google is targeting a March release for its own smartwatch, a Bluetooth LE wearable designed to work alongside an Android smartphone, though insiders on the project are reportedly pessimistic that the current timescale is realistic. Google has already pared back on the complexity of the design it's said, switching from a metal strap to a plastic one, but even so there's a strong possibility that the ship date could slip to June 2014 or see Google launch the gadget with even fewer features than initially intended.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/21/14: Galaxy S5, Xbox update, HTC Desire

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/21/14: Galaxy S5, Xbox update, HTC Desire

This morning we’re about to head to Mobile World Congress 2014, but not before we grab a bunch of pre-show news blasts, of course. First we’re having a peek at some leaked images of the HTC Desire 8, a smartphone that’s certainly pre-cursor to the next HTC One. You’ll also want to have a peek at Jolla’s Sailfish OS before it launches globally - especially in Android launcher form.

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HTC Advantage gives 6 months of One cracked screen cover

HTC Advantage gives 6 months of One cracked screen cover

HTC has launched a new program, HTC Advantage, to try to persuade One-series smartphone buyers that they're backing the right horse, with the promise of free cracked-screen repairs and timely Android updates. The new "ownership experience" will give any HTC One, HTC One mini, or HTC One max buyer in the US six months of cover should they crack or smash their Android smartphone's screen, in addition to a chunk of online storage for backup.

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HTC to launch wearable by Christmas

HTC to launch wearable by Christmas

In October 2013, HTC teased plans to reverse its fortunes by introducing a wearable device, among other products. Speaking with Bloomberg in an interview, the company's Chairman Cher Wang provided a bit of an update on this, saying it will launch a wearable device of some sorts by this upcoming Christmas, something that will be joined by an updated One and marketing revamp.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

This week the aforementioned update to the software for several Samsung devices has taken hold, allowing the Samsung Galaxy Gear to work with devices beyond the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This week the Galaxy Gear will be able to work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. This brings the total number of devices the Galaxy Gear is (officially) able to work with up to a grand total of four.

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HTC “disruptive” tablet teased plus wearable work-in-progress

HTC “disruptive” tablet teased plus wearable work-in-progress

HTC will look to wearables and a new tablet in order to try to reclaim market share, the company has teased, promising "something nice and disruptive" for its new slate. The company has been slow to capitalize on recent attention in either segment, though according to CEO Peter Chou that's because many such devices - particularly smartwatches - have been more gimmicks than anything else, the Financial Times reports.

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LG G Watch leads the wearables way as Glass tips Google integration

LG G Watch leads the wearables way as Glass tips Google integration

It's not hard to imagine LG bringing a new wave of devices with "G" at their brand head now that the company has made clear they're keeping the one-letter titles. What's unclear is the full expanse that the company hopes to cover with the array of trademark filings appearing this week, all of them coming from KIPO. The Korean Intellectual Property Office doesn't always indicate which products will be appearing in the wild worldwide, but in this case, LG may have a big push incoming.

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HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC sees more top execs disappear as Facebook fouls First launch

HTC continues to lose high-level staff as its North American team gradually peels away the struggling smartphone company, with industry talk suggesting Facebook's Home launch strategy actually ended up undermining rather than supporting the firm. Chief Product Officer Kouki Kodera, in charge of HTC's product strategy, left the firm last week according to The Verge's sources, along with VP of global communications Jason Gordon. Meanwhile, phones that HTC has pegged its recovery on, such as the One, struggle to compete - in mindshare at least - in the face of Samsung and Apple's marketing budget.

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