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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

This week we're getting another look at the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, a device that was revealed by the processor manufacturer earlier this year. This device was revealed on the same day the Samsung Galaxy Gear was shown off, the Samsung device aimed at consumers, the Qualcomm device directed at a crowd that's made up of more early adopters and developers. Here we've got a device that's essentially the polar opposite of the Pebble smartwatch as well - made to be elite, not for the everyman, and sporting the best of the best in display technology, according to Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch release hits preorder status

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch release hits preorder status

The Qualcomm smartwatch by the name "Toq" has appeared ready for pre-order this week, showing just a few months after its initial reveal this September. This watch works with a Qualcomm Mirasol display and works with several Qualcomm bits and pieces inside, the entire package acting as something of a full demonstration of the powers of Qualcomm in the flesh - or the metal, plastic, and glass, as it were.

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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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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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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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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch as mini-boombox: serious about sound

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch as mini-boombox: serious about sound

This week the team at Omate have let it be known that they're aiming to be one of the first fully-functional wrist-based boomboxes in the world, not just one of the newest smartwatches on the market this upcoming season. Here in the latest entry in our extended interview session with Omate's top minds, we're speaking again with one of three co-founders: Nick N.M. Yap, about the immediate future of this first in a series of wearables from the company. Today it's time to jam.

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