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AT&T pre-announces would-be availability of the LG G Watch R

AT&T pre-announces would-be availability of the LG G Watch R

LG's round-faced G Watch R will indeed soon be making its way to the US, and AT&T is one of the first places where you will be able to get it. This is the message that the major US carrier is giving as it confirmed that the smartwatch will indeed be available in its portfolio and that it is one of the very first wireless carriers to do so. That said, this is merely a pre-announcement as neither date nor price have been revealed just yet.

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Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit has revealed a trio of new fitness tracking wearables, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge, promising not only health monitoring but Caller ID and sleep pattern tracking. Launching today in the case of the Fitbit Charge, and in early 2015 for the other models, each has a display - OLED on the Charge and Charge HR, and an LCD touchscreen on the Surge smartwatch - and up to a full week of battery life, the company claims. Meanwhile, there's also the promise of access to the heart rate and GPS data collected by the three, though the Fitbit API.

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LG G Watch R global rollout announced

LG G Watch R global rollout announced

If you thought that the smartwatch craze has died down, think again. Just recently Google has revealed the latest update to the Android Wear platform, bringing GPS support, standalone music playback, and the strappings of Bluetooth audio output. That goes hand in hand with the start of pre-orders for Sony's GPS-toting SmartWatch 3. LG, of course, isn't going to be left behind and has revealed the availability of its round-faced G Watch R, which starts its trek in Europe next month, with North America to follow later.

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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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