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Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable designed specifically for runners, the Polar M430 GPS running watch. This wearable offers a bunch of features, not the least of which is built-in GPS. As with similar products, the Polar M430 keeps track of the runner's various metrics, such as their heart rate, running information, and even sleep data, assuming the watch is worn during the night. The wearable is available now to pre-order.

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Pebble update keeps your watch ticking when the clouds fall

Pebble update keeps your watch ticking when the clouds fall

Pebble, the company, is dead but its smartwatches are still out there in the wild. People still hold on to the remnants of a once highly popular crowdfunded project. This creates a conundrum for those users, however. The smartwatch connects to remote Pebble servers for some functionality but Fitbit, who now owns Pebble's IP, has no plans on keeping those running indefinitely. Trying to do good by its loyal community who stuck with it through thick or thin, Pebble is pushing out an update that will put the smartwatches on life support when those server lights finally go dark.

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Android Wear 2.0 arrives on more smartwatches after brief delay

Android Wear 2.0 arrives on more smartwatches after brief delay

If you were eagerly awaiting the release of Android Wear 2.0 this week you were probably met with disappointment unless you happened to own one of three specific smartwatch models. Google revealed on Friday that it needed to delay the update rollout — yet again — due to the last-minute discovery of a bug. Fortunately the wait this time is a short one, as Android Wear 2.0 is now hitting more wearables.

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Android Wear 2.0 update is being delayed due to a bug

Android Wear 2.0 update is being delayed due to a bug

The official launch of Android Wear 2.0, which happened last month, was supposed to have happened around December last year. Almost true to its delayed nature, the actual rollout of the update is going to be delayed yet again. Although it hasn't said until when, Google is admitting that there is going to be quite a delay because of an undisclosed but obviously critical bug found late in the testing stages of the wearable platform.

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Garmin Forerunner 935 smartwatch helps athletes train smarter

Garmin Forerunner 935 smartwatch helps athletes train smarter

The mobile world might be awash with news about the Galaxy S8 and its little friends, but some companies still seem to have a smartwatch hangover from Baselworld last week. Coming late to the party is Garmin, which, contrary to the trend of recent smarwatch announcements, isn't coming out with an Android Wear 2.0 wearable. Instead, the Forerunner 935 is more like a superpowered fitness tracker with a watch face that has one specific objective: to help athletes, especially runners, train better.

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Samsung Gear smartwatch rotary dial could also have a screen

Samsung Gear smartwatch rotary dial could also have a screen

Samsung has yet to prove that it can do flexible and foldable devices, but it seems to already be dreaming up of something different yet also ambitious already. A recent patent application reveals that Samsung has an idea for a rather interesting and almost literal twist to its Gear smartwatch. Instead of a plain, boring rotating bezel, future Gear watches might have dials that not only rotate but also display data at the edges. This way, you can take a glance at information whether you're viewing the smartwatch from the top or from the sides.

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Movado debuts first Android Wear watch with sleek, minimalist design

Movado debuts first Android Wear watch with sleek, minimalist design

Like many other luxury watchmakers these days, Movado has announced it's getting into the smartwatch game. At the Baselworld 2017 watch event this week, the company unveiled the new Movado Connect. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the timepiece features a nearly edge-to-edge display, along with a number of Movado's signature design elements, including the minimalist case design and the use of single dot where a '12' would normally appear on a watchface.

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MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches, next to the dismal battery life, is how they don't really look like traditional watches. At least the classical analog ones with mechanical hands. Some watch makers tried to address that by putting out what they termed "hybrid" smartwatches, that is, analog watches with some built-in sensors and wireless connectivity. MyKronoz, however, has a different idea for a hybrid smartwatch. At MWC 2017 last month, it showed off a smartwatch with a full touch screen and mechanical hands. Weird as it might sound, it apparently sells, based on the ZeTime's Kickstarter.

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This glorious Samsung smart pocket watch isn’t for sale

This glorious Samsung smart pocket watch isn’t for sale

Samsung is showing off prototype smartwatches at Baselworld 2017, including a ‘hybrid pocket concept watch’ that reimagines what the Gear S3 would look like. You can’t buy any of these prototypes, of course, as they’re designed to bring concept to life, not necessarily to market. You can, however, buy a new 4G LTE-capable Gear S3 Classic that has launched at Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

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Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Pundits have started doubting the long-term viability of smartwatches as a commercial product but, if you consider the flood of new devices in the past few weeks, you would definitely think otherwise. After Google finally launched Android Wear 2.0, which has been delayed by months, a new generation of smartwatches popped up, though some are merely updating their software while sticking to the same hardware. Fossil's announcement at Baselworld is a mix of both, revealing new styles for old models as well as new smartwatches to fill this year's roster.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

With all the recent coverage surrounding new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, it might have been to easy to forget that neither Android Wear nor Apple watchOS are the only game in town. To reminds consumers that there is a third strongest smartwatch platform, Samsung is announcing a few new key partnerships for its Gear S3 smartwatch and the apps that come with them. From health to navigation to entertainment, the new Gear S3 apps assure fans that, yes, Samsung is still playing in this court.

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New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

New Apple Watch bands collection releases additional colors, buckle design

This week the folks at Apple have released a number of new Apple Watch bands. These new bands include new Hermes, Nike Sport, and Striped Woven Nylon bands. The standalone Nike Sport Bands are a new element, coming in standalone models for the first time. All new bands are set to become available today, straight from Apple online.

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