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Finally, the Moto 360 2nd Gen Android 2.0 update is here

Finally, the Moto 360 2nd Gen Android 2.0 update is here

Motorola's long-anticipated Android 2.0 update for the Moto 360 2nd Gen has finally begun rolling out, though owners of the smartwatch may still have to wait to see it. Wearers of the watch, launched in late 2015, had been left in limbo waiting for Motorola to get around to pushing out Google's updated version of its OS, which adds features like Play Store access and Google Assistant to wearables. Now, that deployment has actually started.

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Samsung patents smartwatch with a zoom-lens camera

Samsung patents smartwatch with a zoom-lens camera

Imagine a smartwatch with a big camera right in the middle off it. Taking photos would be awkward, likely, since you'd have to point the top of your wrist at the subject. Such seems to be the reality posited by a recently surfaced Samsung patent, which shows a smartwatch with a camera in the middle of the 'display' portion; the camera has a zoom lens that extends out of the watch when needed.

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Nike+ Apple Watch bands match new Air VaporMax running shoes

Nike+ Apple Watch bands match new Air VaporMax running shoes

It wasn't that too long ago, just last month in fact, when Nike announced a fresh new Apple Watch from its NikeLab collection. Pushing its partnership with Apple, it is pushing out new bands for the Apple Watch Nike+ series. These bands, however, have a special trait, aside from their rugged good looks. They are designed to match the color and style of its new line of Air VaporMax running shoes which, in turn, are designed to match the colors of the sky from "Day to Night".

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Tim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature

Tim Cook himself is testing the new Apple Watch’s huge medical feature

Apple's next smartwatch is expected to test blood sugar levels, and the prototype has reportedly been strapped to none other than CEO Tim Cook. The next-generation Apple Watch will, if the rumors are to be believed, double-down on its health applications. Likely to be the flagship feature is something that, until now, has only really been offered by medically-licensed devices.

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LG Watch Sport for Verizon has been cancelled, buyers get credit

LG Watch Sport for Verizon has been cancelled, buyers get credit

The LG Watch Sport smartwatch designed for Verizon Wireless has been cancelled, leaving those who preordered with questions and disappointment. Verizon has confirmed the cancellation and has removed all of the product pages from its website, though LG itself doesn't appear to have issued any statements on the matter; the maker likewise removed the Verizon variant from its own website. Customers who preordered aren't being left entirely empty-handed, however.

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ASUS rumored to call it quits on ZenWatch, Android Wear

ASUS rumored to call it quits on ZenWatch, Android Wear

Android Wear smartwatches may have had a resurgence of interest in the month or two that followed the release of Android Wear 2.0, but that hasn't completely stopped its supporters from dropping off one by one. First there was Motorola, who has firmly decided not to have a new Moto 360. While not official, Huawei's own top honcho seems rather undecided and confused on what smartwatches are for. Now Taiwanese suppliers are whispering that ASUS might also retire the ZenWatch line soon.

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Study: Apple Watch is 97% accurate in identifying abnormal heart beat

Study: Apple Watch is 97% accurate in identifying abnormal heart beat

The Apple Watch, when paired with artificial intelligence and the Cardiogram app, has a high 97-percent accuracy rate when detecting a particular type of abnormal heart rhythm called paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. This discovery was made by the University of California in San Francisco, which based its conclusion in part on data gathered from more than six-thousand volunteers.

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Verizon Wear24 smartwatch with 4G LTE now available

Verizon Wear24 smartwatch with 4G LTE  now available

Last month, Verizon took the wraps off a new exclusive smartwatch called the Wear24. This wearable features 4G LTE connectivity, a notable feature that eliminates the need to keep it tethered with a smartphone at all times. While the carrier revealed all of the details about the watch a few weeks ago, it wasn't available to purchase at the time. That changes today -- the Wear24 smartwatch is available to buy from Verizon now for $299 with a two-year contract.

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Montblanc Summit Android Wear smartwatch now available

Montblanc Summit Android Wear smartwatch now available

Montblanc has launched its previously unveiled Summit smartwatch, a classy Android Wear offering that, at first glance, looks like any other traditional timepiece. The company is offering Summit in more than a dozen styles, including both titanium and steel models and both calfskin and rubber straps. Though the smartwatch still isn't available through Montblanc itself, it has launched at Mr. Porter where it is offered at a slight discount.

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Gear S2, S3 gets its own GameBoy emulator

Gear S2, S3 gets its own GameBoy emulator

Why should Android Wear get all the emulation fun? Maybe because it is much older and, being Android, already has a number of emulators available. That, however, hasn't stopped an rather ardent developer and possibly huge GameBoy fan from doing something similar for Tizen. Yes, that Linux-based operating system running on Samsung's Smart TVs and smartwatches. Yes, you can now play GameBoy and GameBoy Color titles on your Gear S2 or Gear S3, if you're up for the challenge.

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Garmin quatix 5 marine smartwatch is made for boating, fishing and more

Garmin quatix 5 marine smartwatch is made for boating, fishing and more

Garmin has introduced a new smartwatch that is designed specifically for 'life on the water,' the Garmin quatix 5 marine wearable. This smartwatch offers GPS and has features specific to boating, such as support for related Garmin chart plotters and similar marine-centric gadgets. The wearable itself builds upon the quatix 3 model, adding a new form factor as well as things like Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate tech.

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This smartwatch prototype moves in five different ways

This smartwatch prototype moves in five different ways

Smartwatches presents just as much problems as it tries to solve. Unlike traditional watches, they can do a lot more. But like those watches, they are hindered not just by the size of their display but also by their fixed position. This has made trying to look at smartwatches in some contexts not just inconvenient but sometimes even impossible. That is why researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Waterloo have developed a smartwatch prototype that can move on its own to give you, or even someone else, the best view of the watch face.

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