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Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear development has been relatively slower compared to its smartphone sibling. In the almost two years of its public release, the smartwatch platform has had only two major releases. A new one, however, might be coming faster than before. Google has announced the availability of a new Android Wear release based on Android 8.0 Oreo. But if you were intending on helping Google developers test this out, you better have an LG Sport, as that is the only smartwatch it is currently available on.

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This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

Although not as daring as, say, Google, Microsoft has had its fair share of hardware experiments. Many of which, however, are perhaps best forgotten. One such device might be the so called Xbox Watch, the company's rumored attempt to catch up with the smartwatch market. That never came to pass, for better or for worse. And if this prototype of that Xbox Watch has any ring of truth to it, it is perhaps all for the better.

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Verizon Wear24 LTE smartwatch has been discontinued

Verizon Wear24 LTE smartwatch has been discontinued

This past summer, Verizon launched its own Android Wear smartwatch called the Wear24. Now, less than a handful of months later, Verizon has discontinued the wearable. It's surprising news given its very short lifespan, though the wearable's high cost in a crowded market makes it easy to see how consumers decided to pass this model over.

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Fitbit smartwatch and wireless headphones release dates set

Fitbit smartwatch and wireless headphones release dates set

This week the Fitbit Iconic smartwatch and the Fitbit Flyer wireless headphones got their release details in order. The folks at Fitbit appear to be aiming to expand their fitness device empire beyond the fitness tracker business, moving to all manner of accessories (that just happen to do similar things). The Fitbit Iconic attempts to take the market where Apple Watch reigns supreme, while the Fitbit Flyer seem to be made to take on Beats (also owned by Apple).

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Apple Watch Series 3 teardown still leaves one big mystery

Apple Watch Series 3 teardown still leaves one big mystery

iFixit has been very busy lately. In the past few weeks, we've not only received teardowns for Android flagships like the Essential Phone and the Galaxy Note 8, but last week iFixit also gave us an iPhone 8 teardown in time for its launch day. Today the device getting torn to shreds is the Apple Watch Series 3, and for those of you who have performed repairs on the Apple Watch Series 2, you're in for a few familiar sights.

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Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

Apple Watch 3 Review Round-up: Reliability in Question

The first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 seem to be a bit of a mixed bag. While some reviews suggest that the device doesn't have great LTE reception, there was an Apple statement made to reviewers just before reviews began about an update in the pipeline. Meanwhile the most positive remarks seem to center on the processing power and elements that've been in play before - strengthened now beyond any previous generation. Then there's that red dot on the LTE model...

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KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

There should really be no surprise here. It is almost always the case that some unpopular change that Apple is rumored to make is expected to negatively affect sales or pre-orders but reality turns out to be different. Such is the case, again, with the super expensive iPhone X and the LTE-model of the Apple Watch 3 which were predicted to only make up a fraction of Apple’s sales. Even KGI, who employs renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, thought so. But, guess what? The Apple Watch 3 LTE might actually make up 90% of pre-orders, while the iPhone X has already affected the iPhone 8’s sales.

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T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

Good news for T-Mobile customers planning on getting the new Apple Watch Series 3: less than a day after revealing that the new LTE-enabled smartwatch would be limited to 3G speeds on its network, T-Mobile has reversed its stance and says users will get full 4G LTE data speeds. The carrier's CEO John Legere revealed the change on Twitter, acknowledging users' "frustrations" and "feedback."

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Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

The Apple Watch 3 has just broken cover and it sported a feature that the Apple faithful have been expecting since the Apple Watch 2: LTE connectivity. But that added functionality doesn’t come without a figurative cost and the biggest hit is on the battery. Apple knows too well that it will be users’ primary concern, so it put up a dedicated web page for the Apple Watch 3’s 18 hour battery life. Or 1 hour, depending on how you use it.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hands-on

Despite an enthusiastic start with smartwatches, my wrist has, for the past six months at least, stayed conspicuously bare of tech. The new Apple Watch Series 3 might well change that. Somehow managing to squeeze in cellular connectivity, the LTE Apple Watch begs a spot on my wrist by virtue of its iPhone-free existence.

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Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Makers of fitness trackers or any device with health-related sensors are often careful to remind their customers that these gadgets, advanced as they may be, shouldn't be considered as conclusive medical data or replace professional opinion. Apple, however, might be going in a different direction and might soon advertise the Apple Watch as a potential medical aid. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple is working with Standford and telemedicine company American Well to determine if the wearable is accurate and sensitive enough to reliably detect abnormal heart rhythms.

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iOS 11 GM offers new LTE Apple Watch details

iOS 11 GM offers new LTE Apple Watch details

Friday evening saw the leak of iOS 11 GM — the "Golden Master," or the finalized version of the software that will be released by Apple next week following the September 12th media event. As you'd expect, this means details on some of the new products and features are being discovered before their announcement. One of the biggest surprises is mention of a new Apple Watch model with support for LTE connections.

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