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Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

Withings Steel HR watch hands-on: classy heart rate time

With the Steel HR, fitness gear company Withings is keeping it classy with a new classic-looking watch with smart functionality. This device looks like a simple analog watch - and indeed much of it is. What's next-gen about this watch isn't its looks, it's its ability to read its wearer's heart rate. With Withings smartphone app, this watch can tell its user what their heart rate is at the beginning of a run, throughout, and on-demand.

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TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom has announced the launch of some new sports GPS watches that aim at active users who like to run or hike. The new ranges include the TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3, and Adventurer watches along with the TomTom Touch fitness tracker. The Spark 3 and Runner 3 wearables both have a route exploration feature that allows users to explore new trials without having to worry about finding their way back. Unexplored routes can be uploaded from the MySports website to the watch.

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Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

Fossil Q hybrid smartwatches add Crewmaster, Nate, Gazer, Tailor

With most manufacturers seemingly taking a break from the smartwatch scene, with the exception of Samsung and ASUS (and soon Apple), traditional watch and accessory makers are stepping in to fill in the gap. In fact, fashion brand Fossil has a total of 8 new pieces to show off, under 4 new “hybrid smartwatch” models. The new Fossil Q Crewmaster, Q Nate, Q Gazer, and Q Tailor aim to offer most of the conveniences of smartwatches and fitness trackers while still remaining the classy and simple timepieces that most people are comfortable wearing.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

Just as they had previously teased, Asus has unveiled its new ZenWatch 3 smartwatch at the IFA 2016 show in Berlin this week. Like last year's model, the ZenWatch 3 remains powered by Android Wear, but the obvious difference is that it sports a round casing, offering a more handsome, traditional look to the watch than the squarish, utilitarian face of the ZenWatch 2.

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Corning’s next-gen wearable glass will be nigh unbreakable

Corning’s next-gen wearable glass will be nigh unbreakable

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ has been revealed today by the company that makes massive amounts of display glass for many mobile devices. Corning makes its mark year after year on phones and tablets - smartphones, mostly - covering them all with their reinforced glass. Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, they suggest, will "significantly reduce visible scratches while delivering the toughness, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity that make Gorilla Glass famous."

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Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

Omate Rise Limited Edition brings Amazon’s Alexa to your wrist

While it seems that smartwatch makers have settled down in camps around a very few wearable platforms, like Android Wear, Apple watchOS, Tizen, and Pebble OS, Omate remains firm in its uniqueness. It is perhaps the only remaining smartwatch maker that runs a “full” Android version on its smartwatches. Not Android Wear but Android. It turns out, that has advantages, like expanding the platform to integrate new features, like, say, Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. In fact, that is exactly what Omate is doing with yet another “flash” Indiegogo campaign, this time for the Omate Rise Limited Edition.

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Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

It may not have a pretty name, but it tries to have a pretty face. Almost two years ago, Fashion Entertainment, which turned out to be a Sony subsidiary, put out the FES Watch, which combined an e-ink watch face with a flexible e-ink wrist band. Now it’s back as the FES Watch U, not “Two”, again on Sony’s home-grown First Flight crowdfunding platform. It tries to make the same technological spiel of active matrices and e-paper displays. This time, however, it also tries to appeal to more design-conscious supporters with the promise of more designs delivered via their smartphones.

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Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

In little less than a week, Samsung is expected to unveil its next gen smartwatch the Gear S3. But before it takes the throne, it seems that Samsung will be giving the Gear S2 generation one last hurrah. In South Korea, it has started a beta program for testing iOS support for the Gear S2 smartwatch as well as the newer Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable, signifying the long-awaited iPhone support for Samsung’s wearable devices.

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Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

While Garmin may not be the most popular name in the smartwatch market, it continues to become one of the biggest players with its growing lineup of GPS and sports-focused devices. The company's newest wearable, however, takes a turn towards luxury: the new Fenix Chronos watch includes the health, activity, and location tracking you'd expect from Garmin, but puts it in a handsome, high-end package with leather, steel, and titanium materials.

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Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Time and again, Pebble’s crowdfunding attempts have been met with nothing but phenomenal success, including the latest Kickstarter that lumps together the new Pebble 2 as well as the totally never before seen Pebble Core. Soon, the earliest Pebble birds will be receiving the first batch of Pebble 2’s, but before that happens, Pebble will be giving their existing Pebble Time users a treat, rolling out the also totally new Pebble OS 4.0 that will almost literally bring a new face to the smartwatch.

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Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

ASUS indeed has a round, hopefully still Android Wear, ZenWatch 3 coming next month and the company has all but confirmed it. That is, if we're reading the signs right from its teaser for an announcement scheduled at the end of the month. While it reuses its favorite "incredible" word yet again, its wording and even the imagery does seem to hint at a round smartwatch coming really soon. What other features the smartphone will have, however, remains mostly a matter of guesswork and wishes.

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