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Adidas miCoach SMART RUN Android smartwatch detailed

Adidas miCoach SMART RUN Android smartwatch detailed

Adidas has detailed its fitness smartwatch, revealed earlier today, the miCoach SMART RUN, ahead of the Android-powered wearable's launch on November 1st. Designed to operate as a standalone fitness accessory, rather than demanding a permanent link to a smartphone, the miCoach SMART RUN runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 with a custom interface on a 1.45-inch transflective TFT LCD at 184 x 184 with a capacitive touchscreen. Three battery modes will be supported, differentiated by how frequently they collect health data from the various onboard sensors.

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Sony SmartWatch 2 USA release prepared to battle Galaxy Gear

Sony SmartWatch 2 USA release prepared to battle Galaxy Gear

The Sony SmartWatch 2 was released earlier this year internationally to bring on a second wave of wearable technology to the masses where most competing manufacturers had only had one - or none at all. Here in the Fall of 2013, Sony brings this water-resistant Android smartwatch to the USA with full compatibility with the Android smartphone of your choice. This push offers an interesting counter-strike to Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a device that only pairs with Samsung devices exclusively.

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Google Watch KitKat functionality tipped for October reveal

Google Watch KitKat functionality tipped for October reveal

There's little doubt that Google will be releasing additional information about Android 4.4 KitKat soon, and if rumor holds this week, they'll be doing so with smartwatch functionality in tow. The watch is on the rise - with rumors of an Apple iWatch persisting through the past several months, the Samsung Galaxy Gear appearing in stores this month, and Sony already having released their second Smartwatch product this year. What we're seeing this week is the second anonymous suggestion that Google will be releasing its own hardware along with software support for a new wearable this month.

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Apple iWatch reportedly to function as home automation control

Apple iWatch reportedly to function as home automation control

The rumored iWatch has cropped up in a variety of tips and rumors over the past months, with the latest one surfacing today by way of Brian White, a Cantor Fitzgerald analyst who has grabbed some details about the fabled Apple smartwatch from unnamed sources. According to White, the iWatch will function as a home automation control, allowing users to control aspects of their home from the convenience of their wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a nifty -- if not limited -- little gadget, supplementing one's smartphone with a bit of wearable convenience. The folks over at ars technica have given it a spin in a different way, however, sideloading regular Android apps onto it and finding it fairly capable of running them. Not all apps will run on the device, of course, but some of the lesser-demanding offerings can with a simple tweak.

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FiLIP smartwatch keeps your kids tracked and chatting

FiLIP smartwatch keeps your kids tracked and chatting

So you'd like to track your child's whereabouts without surgically inserting a GPS chip into their neck, would you? You're in luck - there's a device out there by the name of FiLIP, and the team at AT&T have decided to bring it to their realm of devices. You'll find this machine to take on the form of a smartwatch, bringing on GPS and Wi-Fi triangulated location feedback for you to your smartphone. All you've got to do is figure out a way to make your kid wear it 24 hours a day.

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Xiaomi Millet smartwatch on the horizon

Xiaomi Millet smartwatch on the horizon

This week the folks at Xiaomi have been reported to conjure up the next smartwatch in the ever-growing market category of interest, perhaps taking cue from their recently Google-employed Vice President of Xiaomi Global Hugo Barra. Android's next move to version 4.4 Kitkat has been tipped to be bringing on features that scale especially well for the smartwatch universe. And as we've seen with the Sony Smartwatch 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear in recent weeks and months, there's more than enough room for more competition - especially from China.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear ads give smartwatches some heritage

Samsung Galaxy Gear ads give smartwatches some heritage

"After all these years, it's finally real." Samsung has kicked off its advertising campaign for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and it's calling on the heritage of all the more memorable fictional forebears to remind us just how high-tech the wearable is. Samsung's new "Evolution" campaign - and a second spot, called "A Long Time Coming" - set the Galaxy Gear at the end of a smartwatch legacy that includes Dick Tracy's wrist-phone, Michael Knight's KITT watch, and even the Predator's scanner. In fact, Samsung has dug up some watch-phones you might not even remember.

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Nokia smartwatch appears: may bring wearable concepts to life

Nokia smartwatch appears: may bring wearable concepts to life

This year we've heard more than a couple whispers - and straight up confirmations - from and about Nokia's wearable device prospects. Today we're seeing a couple of views of a device that may well bring the company in to the smartwatch universe. This miniature watch-face-sized piece of equipment has appeared overseas in what we can only assume is an early iteration, completely devoid of software.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

In the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company has created a device custom-fitted for the Galaxy Note 3. While it may seem that this device is the first in a long line of smartwatches made for the greater world of Android, it would appear here that Samsung started small and marketed big. This device is not the do-all smartwatch you may be dreaming of - instead, it may just be the Samsung-specific smartwatch you'll find you need. Once you buy it and slap it on your wrist, that is - and that's the real trick, isn't it?

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