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Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin’s fashionable new Vivo wearables have activity detection, heart rate monitoring

Garmin has announced several new additions to its Vivo line of wearables today: the Vivoactive HR fitness watch and the Vivofit 3 activity tracker. Right off the bat, it's obvious that Garmin is introducing a design that aims to be more fashionable and unique, especially with the Vivofit 3. But looks aren't the only thing that's new, as both devices have been improved with new features, including automatic activity detection and tracking, and an optical hear rate monitor.

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Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts

It may have seemed like smartwatches would never reach mainstream appeal when they first debuted — that's what the traditional, luxury watch brands in Switzerland wanted us to believe, at least — but now there's solid evidence the tables are turning. A new report from Strategy Analytics has shown that smartwatch sales during the fourth quarter of 2015, led by the Apple Watch, surpassed those of Swiss watches for the very first time.

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New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

New Samsung Gear S2 to be world debut of eSIM

Come next month, Samsung will release a new 3G model of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, and it will be the world's first device to make use of an eSIM, or a programmable, electronic replacement for the physical SIM card. The specifications for eSIM were just approved by GSMA, allowing them to be used in devices like smartwatches, tablets, and fitness trackers.

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

Samsung Gear S2 Classic released in Rose Gold and Platinum

For those wearable wearers that want the best in fine metals for their smartwatches, Rose Gold and Platinum are here. It would appear that Samsung's readiness for launching their own Rose Gold and Platinum models for the Samsung Gear S2 has become a reality, as both models will be coming to Samsung online, Amazon, Best Buy, and a few other stores imminently. Inside, the watches remain the same. Same innards as the Samsung Gear S2 models that were first launched late last year.

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With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

With Snapdragon Wear, Qualcomm promises smaller, smarter wearables

The next Android Wear watches could be smaller, faster, and a whole lot more connected, with Qualcomm announcing a big upgrade to one of its tiniest chipsets. Replacing the Snapdragon 400 that's found in the majority of Android Wear devices today, the new Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform is 30-percent smaller than its predecessor - important, when you need to design something sleek enough to fit comfortably and discretely on a wrist.

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Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Despite the now ubiquitous Android Wear smartwatches and Apple Watch timepieces, Pebble still has a strong and loyal following, thanks to its simplicity, battery life, and being so far one of the few truly cross-platform smartwatches in the market. Simplicity, however, sometimes has a price to pay, like in the form of features that are also becoming more prevalent on more mainstream smartwatches. Like contactless mobile payment systems. Pagare, however, has found a way around that, to deliver the same convenience as Android Pay or Apple Pay on Pebble Time, without having to swap out smartwatches.

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Moto 360 2nd Gen update brings Marshmallow to Android Wear

Moto 360 2nd Gen update brings Marshmallow to Android Wear

Just last week, Google released version 1.4 of Android Wear, which brought in support for speakers as well as new wrist gestures. That, however, was a feature set already pre-figured and even pre-announced. Now that that's out of the way, the next step in the Android Wear evolution would be to bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the table. That has indeed finally happened with Motorola rolling out an update to its 2nd gen Moto 360 smartwatch that brings a lot of the goodies of Android's latest version.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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Android Wear speakers activate today

Android Wear speakers activate today

Starting this afternoon, Android Wear smartwatches will be able to use their built-in speakers. Just so long as they have them installed. Users who have a Huawei Watch or the ASUS ZenWatch 2 (49mm) will be getting an Android Wear update that may surprise them. Believe it or not, these two watches (and some future watches) have a speaker inside that hasn't yet been activated. After this update from Google, it's go time.

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You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

When Tesla announced firmware version 1.7 last month, which introduced the much anticipated "Summon" feature to the electric car, we knew it was only a matter of time before some enterprising developer plays around with the feature and takes it elsewhere. That time has indeed come and Allen Wong from Rego Apps has finally updated his famous, or infamous, Remote S Apple Watch app. And its new feature is as what you'd expect, allowing you to call your car from almost anywhere with a few taps on your wrist.

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Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Android Wear adds speaker support, more gesture controls

Google has announced an Android Wear update that boosts hands-free features for wearables running the software. These include the ability to navigate through smartwatches using gestures rather than swipes and taps, as well as voice-based message sending and support for speakers. The features, which will be arriving to devices in the near future, make it a little easier to use wearables when your hands are full.

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HP’s Isaac Mizrahi “smartwatch” woos ladies with crystals

HP’s Isaac Mizrahi “smartwatch” woos ladies with crystals

Some might accuse the current mobile tech world to be a predominantly male market, so once in a while a product like this comes around to try to appeal to women. Whether it actually has the intended, or maybe even opposite, effect is still debatable, but that's not stopping the likes of HP from trying. Partnering with renowned designer Isaac Mizrahi, HP is launching the Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch, a wearable time-telling accessory that is, to be blunt, really more a luxury item than a conventional smartwatch.

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