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ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch gets leaked

ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch gets leaked

Android Wear is already at its second major version but ZTE has yet to actually launch its first smartwatch. Long-rumored and almost forever-delayed, that smartwatch might finally be arriving real soon. At least if you consider these leaked photos that show a retail-ready form of the ZTE Quartz. That said, if you also consider the information that came with the images, you might wonder if it was worth the wait at all.

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Guess brings Android Wear to two stylish smartwatches

Guess brings Android Wear to two stylish smartwatches

Guess Watches has taken the wraps off its new pair of Android Wear smartwatches, one styled for women and the other for men. These two watches will join the company’s Connect lineup, giving consumers two new stylish options that, at first glance, don’t at all look like smartwatches. The watches run Android Wear 2.0 and are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100.

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Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

The Pokemon fever has hit the Apple Watch. Well, sort of. We’ve seen all sorts of crazy, and admittedly useless, antics done on Android Wear smartwatches but not so much on the Apple Watch. Well, the Apple Watch does have some “hacks”, and sometimes for things that matter the most. Like, for example, being able to play Pokemon Yellow on the Apple Watch 2, thanks to an Game Boy Color emulator “appropriately” named “Giovanni”.

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Swatch swims against the flow, makes its own smartwatch OS

Swatch swims against the flow, makes its own smartwatch OS

As a consequence of history, the smartwatch OS scene is a bit more diverse, despite Android and iOS owning the lion’s share of the market. The smartwatch market is a bit less confusing, with the line drawn between the Apple Watch and a myriad of Android Wear smartwatches. Sure, there are others, like the Samsung-only Tizen-based Gear S, but the numbers are thinning. Pebble and Vector, which each had their own OS, succumbed to Fitbit’s power. Undaunted, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek is boldly revealing that the company is making its own watch operating system to debut in a Tissot-branded smartwatch in late 2018.

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Montblanc Summit is the latest luxury Android Wear smartwatch

Montblanc Summit is the latest luxury Android Wear smartwatch

When smartwatches first landed on the scene, they were largely mocked for their less than sophisticated appearances. They stood in contrast to their analog cousins that were as much fashion and lifestyle statements as they are functional accessories. Soon, however, smartwatches started bearing more exquisite designs, sometimes with a price tag to match, and traditional watch makers and luxury brands have started jumping on board. The latest to join the fray is Montblanc, perhaps best known for its pens and some watches, whose first ever smartwatch, the Montblanc Summit, gives Android Wear a dose of class.

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Fossil rolls out Android Wear 2.0 update

Fossil rolls out Android Wear 2.0 update

There have been a few new smartwatches announced recently that will come with the latest Android Wear 2.0 release out of the box. But the real test of scalability for Google’s wearable version of Android is whether it will also be available for devices already in the market. Save for a select few, that does seem to be the case for most Android Wear smartwatches, though at varying paces. Fashion accessory maker Fossil, who jumped on the smartwatch market not too long ago, is doing exactly that for almost all of its Android Wear devices.

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TAG’s new smartwatch has a fix for when you bore of Android Wear

TAG’s new smartwatch has a fix for when you bore of Android Wear

TAG Heuer's latest smartwatch may be all about interchangeable modules, but the biggest benefit of the Connected Modular 45 might well be its ability to live on after wearables lose their charm. Announced earlier today, the new watch is one of the more expensive options out there - unsurprisingly, given its old-school timepiece brand name - not to mention among the first to run Android Wear 2.0. TAG's trick is interchangeability not only of straps and virtual watch-faces, but far greater personalization.

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 makes Android Wear high-end

TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 makes Android Wear high-end

This week the folks at TAG Heuer and Intel have revealed the newest in high-end smartwatch power. This is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display-toting smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0. This watch is meant to aim for those that wish to roll with the newest in new smartwatch technology alongside top-end hardware from a brand the legacy watch industry has grown to trust.

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Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit’s Alta HR out in April, enhanced sleep tracking incoming

Fitbit today unveiled its first fitness tracker of 2017: the Alta HR. While not exactly a new device, it is a redesign of one of 2016's most popular models, and it comes with some improvements that fans of the first will definitely want to consider. The most important is likely the addition of PurePulse technology, which Fitbit says was the most requested feature from Alta users.

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Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic unveiled

Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic unveiled

Along with announcing the their new P10 & P10 Plus smartphones, Huawei is using Mobile World Congress 2017 to unveil a pair of new smartwatches. Arriving two years after the company's first wearable are the Huawei Watch 2 and its sibling, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the smartwatches feature a stunning design, improved battery life, as well as 4G and GPS functionality.

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MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

A smartwatch with a touchscreen display and a set of mechanical hands is exactly what we did not expect from MyKronoz. It didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to continue to try to make smartwatches look like traditional watches in the first place, given the lack-of-market for the devices. But here they are, complete with elements from both the traditional universe and the new-age smartwatch world, made by MyKronoz.

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Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Despite the relatively more successful fitness tracker market, Fitbit, one of the biggest names in that area, is seeing some number problems. It has acquired Pebble, a darling of the smartwatch market, as well as Vector Watch, a move that is mostly seen as an act of desperation to remain in the game. Fitbit, however, was apparently not desperate enough to buy Pebble for its full selling price. Initially rumored to cost $40 million, Fitbit now reports that it bought the smartwatch maker for just $23 million.

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