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Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Some people still can't make heads or tails of what smartwatches are or should be. Some do see them as mere extensions of their smartphones but others also want these wearables to do almost everything by themselves. One thing most seem to agree on, however, is that smartwatches aren't exactly the best devices for gaming. Square Enix apparently didn't get the memo and has, as earlier reported, launched Cosmos Rings, a game that is played solely on the Apple Watch. No, not a companion watch app for a mobile game but a 100% Apple Watch only game.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Smartwatches may have been heralded as the Next Big Thing in consumer tech, but a stagnating market has seen the segment shrink dramatically compared to last year. Shipments overall drooped 32-percent in Q2 2016, according to the latest IDC worldwide smartwatch report, torpedoed for the most part by dwindling demand for the Apple Watch.

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Google-made Android Wear smartwatch renders leaked

Aside from making its own smartphone, Google is also rumored to be making its own Google Assistant powered Android Wear smartwatches. Admittedly, that might be an easier sell than a self-made Nexus. That said, just like the smartphone rumors, details on these two smartwatches are still quite vague, but now there are a few more tidbits to chew on. Renders based on "reliable" but highly anonymous sources show how the two, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish, will most likely look like, and how wildly they'll differ not just in design but in functionality as well.

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Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

Smartwatches could make it easier for hackers to obtain PINs, passwords

You would think wearables like smartwatches would be just as secure at protecting sensitive data like passwords and PINs as the smartphones they're paired with, especially when they run on the same software platform. It turns out, however, that smartwatches have a very distinct way of making it easier for hackers to obtain that data: the motion sensors used to detect movement and gestures.

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Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Google Nexus watches detailed in 2x sizes

Android Nougat's brand of Android Wear has been tipped to be coming in the form of two new watches from Google. The software and hardware brand will be bringing heat with devices in two sizes, says Android Police, and it would seem that they're being stacked up not unlike the two-tiered smartphone system Google, Samsung, and Apple have been cultivating as of late. This will more than likely set the standard for the rest of the world of smartwatch manufacturers of all kinds.

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Apple Watch tipped to move from OLED to Micro-LED in 2017

Apple Watch tipped to move from OLED to Micro-LED in 2017

One of the biggest ongoing rumors for the next few years of iPhones is that Apple will switch the smartphone's display from LCD to OLED. This has previously been expected to take place in 2017, but recently analysts have pushed that prediction back to 2018. However, it seems the same timeframe will see a change in the Apple Watch's display technology as well, the latest report from Taiwan's DigiTimes indicates.

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Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Samsung Gear S3 “Solis” will unsurprisingly run Tizen

Early this month, Samsung revealed the Gear Fit 2 alongside a curious Gear IconX earbuds. That would have probably raised questions on whether Samsung also has plans for that other kind of wearable device. Of course it does, and it even has a codename for it. Dubbed "Solis", the smartwatch will most likely be named the Gear S3 after its predecessor. And like its predecessor, it will be running on Tizen, which raises questions on Samsung's actual commitment to the Android Wear platform.

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Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

Pebble Time Round gets polished gold/silver options as Kickstarter winds down

With about two weeks left in Pebble's Kickstarter campaign for its latest generation of smartwatches, a new reward for backers has been added: the Pebble Time Round in a choice of either polished gold or silver finish. To be clear, is the same hardware as the previous Pebble Time Round, as the thin, round model isn't being updated with this new Kickstarter, which instead is about launching the Pebble 2, Time 2, and Pebble Core.

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Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble iOS Text Replies grows, iOS Email Actions in beta

Pebble is definitely on a roll. Even while its Kickstarter is in full steam, it isn't loosing steam in developing features for its existing smartwatches. It has just announced not just the start of beta testing for iOS Email Actions but also the addition of T-Mobile and new markets for its iOS Text Replies feature. This makes Pebble the only third-party smartwatch that allows users to reply to text messages, temporarily bypassing the need for Apple to officially provide that functionality in its iOS Messages API.

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watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

watchOS 3 official, total redesign includes Instant Launch, Activity Sharing

This morning Apple introduced the newest version of Apple Watch's software: watchOS 3. This newest version of the operating system works with a number of new features, starting with performance updates and what they call "Instant Launch." As you can imagine, this feature makes for a much quicker experience on the Apple Watch - right alongside Refreshed Information, Background Updates, and the ability to keep favorite apps in the Apple Watch's memory.

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