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Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Armani jumps into wearables with Emporio Armani Connected line

Previously seen as the domain of geeks and technophiles, fashion brands have started marching into the wearable and smartwatch market, though at different degrees. While some, like TAG Heuer, have dived head first into full smartwatches, others, like Armani’s modern and trendy Emporio Armani brand, are taking a half step instead. The new Emporio Armani Connected line of “hybrid smartwatches” aim to offer the amalgamation of classic, stylish, and expensive timepieces with the strapping of modern wearables, particularly that of keeping track of your activities.

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Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

Android Wear 2.0 apps must be installed separately

It seems that Google’s next version of Android Wear is shaping up to be rather controversial. In addition to being delayed to 2017, affecting sales of devices and confidence in the platform, tiny details about Android Wear 2.0 are starting to pop up, causing some developers no small amount of disappointment and distress. Googler Ian Lake, yes the same Ian Lake that gave the bad news about Night Light on Android 7.1, revealed that, starting with version 2.0, Android Wear apps must be installed from the smartwatch Play Store instead of being automatically pulled in by the companion smartphone app.

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IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

If shipment figures are any indicator, it would seem that the market, both consumers as well as manufacturers, are still uncertain about smartwatches and their purpose, let alone their appeal. According to market analyst IDC, the smartwatch market slipped by as much as 51.6% in the past quarter alone. And while that may be due partly to perplexing business decisions from the powers that be, it also reflects how smartwatches, more than two years after they became mainstream, still serve a very niche consumer market.

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Huawei Honor Pad 2 tablet, Watch S1 smartwatch break cover

Huawei Honor Pad 2 tablet, Watch S1 smartwatch break cover

Huawei may already have a lot of devices beyond smartphones, but its sub-brand honor hasn’t ventured outside as much. That changes today as the company launches two new devices that aren’t phones. The Honor Pad 2, as the number implies, follows up on Honor’s previous slate, while the Honor Watch S1 dives head first into full smartwatch territory. And, in typical Honor fashion, these devices will be offered with dirt cheap prices, though which markets outside of China will get it remains an open question.

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Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch goes up for sale

The Nixon Mission Android Wear smartwatch we reported on last month is now available to buy from several online retailers. The company describes its product as the first ever ‘action sports smartwatch,’ and it comes with stylings to match. You can grab the watch in three color options, one black, the other “concrete” gray and the last a sporty mixture of black, gray, and bright construction cone orange.

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Apple Watch Nike+ hits the ground running later this month

Apple Watch Nike+ hits the ground running later this month

Back when Apple revealed its latest round of Apple Watches, the company showed off a variant with Nike+ branding. There was just one small issue with the reveal: while the rest of the watches had solid release dates, the Apple Watch Nike+ model had a rather vague "late October" launch window. It would appear that Apple and Nike have decided to get more specific, updating the Apple Watch Nike+ landing page with an actual release date.

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Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

Apple Watch patent uses heart rate sensor to identify users

When talking about using parts of our bodies for secure authentication, we mostly think of fingerprints or irises. Neither of those, however, are feasible on smartwatch, leaving them with nothing but PIN codes. Apple, however, may have thought of something to make future Apple Watches more secure. And it could use hardware that already exists today and can even be found in existing Apple Watches. That is, identifying people by looking at their blood vessels and their oxygen levels.

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HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

HTC Android Wear “Halfbeak” smartwatch poses for the camera

You may criticize HTC for a lot of things, but one thing you can’t fault it is for being stubborn and never giving up. Sometimes, that works to its favor, like the HTC Vive and, still to be proven, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet another example might soon be in the smartwatch category. Yes, HTC’s much delayed smartwatch is apparently closer to launch than we think. And unlike the growing number of dissidents, HTC’s “Halfbeak” smartwatch will still be running Android Wear.

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Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

Pebble 2 now on pre-order, Pebble 2 SE coming soon

While smartwatches in general seem to be going through a lull, Pebble seems to be still going strong. After yet another phenomenal Kickstarter, the startup is now ready to share the fruits of that bountiful harvest to the world at large. Now that the Pebble 2 has started shipping to Kickstarter backers, Pebble is opening the doors to pre-orders for the more health-centric smartwatch. In addition to that, it is also announcing a totally new Pebble 2 SE that it claims goes beyond a “Standard Edition”.

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Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

Huawei reportedly looking to Tizen for future smartwatches

It seems that Google might be losing yet another OEM partner in the smartphone market. According to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by a South Korean newspaper, Huawei is in the process of developing a new smartwatch, but one that doesn’t run Android Wear. Instead, the Chinese company is said to be working together with Samsung in order to get the Tizen operating system up and running on the wearable device. With Android Wear smartwatches seemingly at a plateau, this win for Tizen could mean a more difficult struggle for Google’s wearable platform.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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