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Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit continues its spate of acquisitions, with news that the wearables company has acquired Vector Watch, a smartwatch startup that made headlines with its long battery life and discreet design. The news, confirmed by Vector Watch today, will see both the Vector Watch team and its software platform added to Fitbit's ranks. However, for existing Vector smartwatch owners, it means an end to updates and new features.

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Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Is 2017 going to be the year that Apple and Samsung finally start playing nice together? Apple is opening its first retail store in Samsung's home of South Korea, and now Samsung's Gear line of wearables have their own iOS apps. Ok, so maybe playing nice is still out of the picture, but at the least the latter means owners of the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit 2 can use their devices with an iPhone if they prefer.

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Sony E-ink FES watch gets colors & patterns for 2nd gen

Sony E-ink FES watch gets colors & patterns for 2nd gen

If you've been following the smartwatch trend at all, you likely remember hearing about Sony's interesting E-ink wearable. Dubbed the FES (Fashion Entertainments) Watch, it uses low-power e-paper technology on both the face and wrist band. It doesn't have any of the "smarts" we've come to expect from our timepieces, but it can change patterns instantly at the press of a button.

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Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Just because smartwatches have trouble finding their place in the world doesn’t mean traditional watches don’t can’t become smarter. That is the line of thinking behind what is aptly called hybrid watches or hybrid smartwatches, adding just a pinch of technology to otherwise traditional, but gorgeous, timepieces. At CES 2017, fashion accessory maker Fossil is announcing yet another set of such hybrid smartwatches for its Q brand of smart wearables, the Q Accomplice, Q Grant, and Q Modern Pursuit, all focusing on slim designs to match your fashion taste.

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Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit has announced a new smartwatch called Vapor, a wearable with a fully round 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 326ppi resolution and a ‘vibrant color palette,’ according to the company. This smartwatch packs a bunch of features into its tiny body, including sensors like an altimeter, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, GPS, and gyroscope. There are also the expected features including a microphone and health tracking.

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New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

At CES 2017 this week, running shoe company New Balance revealed its first fitness-focused smartwatch, the RunIQ. Designed in partnership with Intel, the wearable is powered by Google's Android Wear software and pairs common smartwatch functionality with a number of running-centric features. Priced at $300, the RunIQ is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to begin shipping on February 1st.

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Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

If you ever needed proof that Android Wear is still alive, Casio just gave one. Somewhat. Almost exactly year after it announced its first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, the famed watch maker is announcing its second Smart Outdoor Watch, the WSD-F20. And while the big new feature here, at least as far as hardware is concerned, is the addition of GPS functionality, smartwatch enthusiasts might be a bit more interested in its software. That’s because the WSD-F20 is coming with the already delayed and somewhat doubted Android Wear 2.0.

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Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Navigation and tracking experts Garmin are back at CES 2017 to unveil the latest additions to their popular Fenix line of wearables: the Fenix 5 multi-sport GPS watch. While the new models include many of the same activity and fitness tracking features as before, the Fenix 5 line comes in three different sizes, including a small version designed to be more appealing to women and those with smaller wrists in general.

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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Apple Watch could slim down with this interesting new patent

Apple Watch could slim down with this interesting new patent

The Apple Watch could get a little bit slimmer in future iterations if ideas in a new Apple patent ever see the light of day. The patent application in question details a haptic motor that takes up residence in the band of the watch instead of the watch itself.

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People just don’t want smartwatches

People just don’t want smartwatches

Smartwatches aren’t the hit some people had expected, and eMarketer’s latest forecast serves to highlight that fact. Though its forecast last year was fairly optimistic, anticipating a 60-percent growth in the wearables market this year, the company’s latest forecast is much lower at only 24.7-percent. That doesn’t mean consumers are abandoning wearables entirely, however, as fitness tracker growth is increasing while smartwatch adoption stalls.

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