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Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

Android Wear update makes wearables more independent

This morning Google made clear their next update for Android Wear: a pinch of independence. This update will allow users with devices with the prerequisite hardware to use built-in GPS without the aid of your connected smartphone. This update also brings on independent music storage. Listen to your tunes on the go with Bluetooth headphones or - if you're weird - the built-in speaker on your smartwatch. And this is only the beginning - Google has announced they're going big with the Sony Smartwatch 3, as well.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony SmartWatch 3 hits preorder at the Moto 360’s price

Sony's SmartWatch 3 may not be the first Android Wear device to hit shelves, but its combination of waterproofing and discrete styling - not to mention new the new release of Android Wear 2.0 - could still find the wearable some fans. Appearing today for pre-order through Verizon Wireless, the SmartWatch 3 is priced at a not-inconsiderable $249.99: that, if you've forgotten, is the same as Motorola is asking for the Moto 360, which is certainly more distinctive with its circular touchscreen face.

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Kidizoom Smartwatch: a durable wearable for kids

Kidizoom Smartwatch: a durable wearable for kids

Camera. Smartphone. Tablet. Smartwatch. If you have it, your kid no doubt wants to use it, and that presents a problem, as kids aren't always gentle when handling delicate devices. That's where kid-centric alternatives come in, such as the various tablets we've seen designed just for kids. If your child is pining for something a bit smaller and more wearable, however, there's another option: the Kidizoom Smartwatch from VTech, which includes a bunch of features and an integrated camera.

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Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

Android Wear update hitting the LG G Watch

If you’re wearing an LG G Watch, you might want to check for an update. A firmware update is currently rolling out for the watch, bringing it to Android Wear 4.4W2. This new firmware for Android Wear brings in offline music support, as well as some GPS functionality. Those are two features Android Wear users have been waiting for for quite some time, and the G Watch — also technically the first Android Wear watch — is the first to get them.

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Onyx smartwatch prototype surfaces with e-ink display

Onyx smartwatch prototype surfaces with e-ink display

Onyx apparently has a smartwatch in the works, and though there aren't a lot of details on it at this point, a prototype has surfaced via the folks at ARMdevices. Though a smartwatch isn't notable in and of itself at this point, the prototype stands out amongst the competition because of its display: a true e-ink offering. Though the refresh speed on the prototype seems a bit too slow for everyday use, there are some obvious benefits to using an e-ink display rather than an LCD.

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Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

After a disastrous and embarrassing episode with the recalled Force wristband, Fitbit is unsurprisingly going to make a bigger, in a positive way, splash. Early last week we saw leaks that pointed to two new products coming soon, the Flex lookalike Charge and Charge HR. Apparently, Fitbit isn't done yet. The latest word is that the fitness company actually has a third member in the new batch, equally ambiguously named the Fitbit Surge. This "superwatch", as the leaks claim Fitbit calls it, throws in everything except the kitchen sink.

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Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft’s fitness wearable said just weeks away

Microsoft's long-rumored smartwatch plans will reach fruition in just a few weeks time, insiders claim, with what's said to be a fitness-centric wearable expected to debut imminently. The Windows-maker's ambitions in the space have been well whispered since last year, and as recently as June 2014 there were suggestions that the unnamed wrist-band would hit the market in October, complete with a full complement of motion-tracking sensors.

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Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

The average smartwatch can meet a variety of different needs, but that hasn't stopped some companies from launching wrist-bound wearables that are designed for a specific activity. TomTom, as an example, has made a smartwatch designed for golfers. If your activity of choice involves the ocean rather than the greens, there's a smartwatch for you: the Glassy Pro One for surfers. Earlier this week, the wearable went up for pre-order on the company's website for £190/$279 USD, though when it'll start shipping isn't yet known.

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Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch WatchKit drops for devs in November

Apple Watch got its big reveal last month, alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but so far developers have been left on tenterhooks as to when they can put their code on the wearable. That day is almost upon us, however, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the WatchKit SDK - the developer toolkit that will allow for Apple Watch apps to be developed and tested - is due to arrive in November 2014.

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Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

Blocks modular smartwatch will include customizable design

The folks over at Phonebloks ignited the modular smartphone movement, which has gained a lot of attention for the functionality it promises: the ability for users to swap out component modules for different ones when desired. That idea was ported to smartwatches, which we got an early look at back in March, and the concept was just an exciting. Fast-forward more than half a year, and an updated design has been showcased in a new video demonstrating its blocks concept, which we have for you after the jump.

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