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Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

Watch wars: LG, Samsung, Motorola arm-wrestle pre-IFA

It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung - at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers - now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.

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Samsung Gear S smartwatch divorces your phone

Samsung Gear S smartwatch divorces your phone

Samsung has yet another smartwatch for us, the Samsung Gear S, and this time the Tizen wearable has divorced itself from requiring a tethered smartphone thanks to integrated 3G. Fronted by a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED 360 x 480 touchscreen, the Gear S has dualband 2G and dualband 3G so as to get online independently, and supports calls and messaging as well as a range of other apps like turn-by-turn navigation.

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LG smartwatch details pre-event: round gets real

LG smartwatch details pre-event: round gets real

In the war for most round smartwatch on the market, Motorola had - until now - held the monopoly with the Moto 360. Or they would have, had they actually had the resources - or the foresight - to release the device before the rest of the world had the chance to release one first. LG is taking the open shot - so is Samsung - and now Motorola may be caught with their pants down.

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Samsung boasts 1,000 Tizen apps for Gear smartwatches

Samsung boasts 1,000 Tizen apps for Gear smartwatches

How do you convince people that your platform isn't a burning one? Why, claim that you have over a thousand apps raring to leap at you, that's how! That might be the thinking behind Samsung's latest infographic which celebrates 1,000 apps available for its Tizen-powered wearables, but we really do have to wonder how much of that is true.

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Swatch grudgingly embracing smartwatches

Swatch grudgingly embracing smartwatches

Swatch will add basic smartwatch functionality to select timepieces in its range next year, the company has confirmed, backtracking on its initial pessimism about wearable tech. The Swatch Touch line will gain a range of fitness functionality come 2015, though it's unclear whether the digital watches will connect in any way to smartphones or tablets, or allow for cloud synchronization.

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