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Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

Sony FES Watch U e-ink watch, band returns with more designs

It may not have a pretty name, but it tries to have a pretty face. Almost two years ago, Fashion Entertainment, which turned out to be a Sony subsidiary, put out the FES Watch, which combined an e-ink watch face with a flexible e-ink wrist band. Now it’s back as the FES Watch U, not “Two”, again on Sony’s home-grown First Flight crowdfunding platform. It tries to make the same technological spiel of active matrices and e-paper displays. This time, however, it also tries to appeal to more design-conscious supporters with the promise of more designs delivered via their smartphones.

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Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

In little less than a week, Samsung is expected to unveil its next gen smartwatch the Gear S3. But before it takes the throne, it seems that Samsung will be giving the Gear S2 generation one last hurrah. In South Korea, it has started a beta program for testing iOS support for the Gear S2 smartwatch as well as the newer Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable, signifying the long-awaited iPhone support for Samsung’s wearable devices.

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Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

Garmin goes luxury with Fenix Chronos GPS smartwatch

While Garmin may not be the most popular name in the smartwatch market, it continues to become one of the biggest players with its growing lineup of GPS and sports-focused devices. The company's newest wearable, however, takes a turn towards luxury: the new Fenix Chronos watch includes the health, activity, and location tracking you'd expect from Garmin, but puts it in a handsome, high-end package with leather, steel, and titanium materials.

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Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Pebble OS 4 is coming, new features teased

Time and again, Pebble’s crowdfunding attempts have been met with nothing but phenomenal success, including the latest Kickstarter that lumps together the new Pebble 2 as well as the totally never before seen Pebble Core. Soon, the earliest Pebble birds will be receiving the first batch of Pebble 2’s, but before that happens, Pebble will be giving their existing Pebble Time users a treat, rolling out the also totally new Pebble OS 4.0 that will almost literally bring a new face to the smartwatch.

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Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

ASUS indeed has a round, hopefully still Android Wear, ZenWatch 3 coming next month and the company has all but confirmed it. That is, if we're reading the signs right from its teaser for an announcement scheduled at the end of the month. While it reuses its favorite "incredible" word yet again, its wording and even the imagery does seem to hint at a round smartwatch coming really soon. What other features the smartphone will have, however, remains mostly a matter of guesswork and wishes.

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Gear S3 launch event details dropped

Gear S3 launch event details dropped

Judging by Samsung's teasers, and the fact that it already launched the Galaxy Note 7, the star of its IFA 2016 show will be, without a shred of a doubt, the Gear S3 smartwatch. And Samsung really wants you to really remember that by inviting the public to its launch event in about two weeks. Of course, it isn't saying much but is expecting everyone to get talking "about 3", which puts to rest any doubt that the name of the smartwatch will be the Gear S3. Or maybe even just the "Gear 3".

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Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Sinn Dual Strap wants an Apple Watch opposite a regular one

Not everyone likes smartwatches, but even those who have sworn loyalty to the intricate beauty of mechanical time pieces do sometimes wish their beautiful timepieces could, in fact, do more than tell the time (or date). While there are already some compromises available, like analog watches with hidden digital displays, German watch maker Sinn has what is probably both the most imaginative but also most awkward solution: a strap system that allows you to wear both a Sinn mechanical watch as well as an Apple watch.

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WatchMI adds more smartwatch controls without adding hardware

WatchMI adds more smartwatch controls without adding hardware

Most smartwatches these days, except for the likes of the Pebble, have touch screens that try to make using these wearable devices easier. But unlike the bigger touchscreens on our smartphones, the surface area of smartwatches make it harder to utilize multi-touch gestures. As such, most of the time users are limited to taps, tap and hold, and swipes. Researchers from the University of St. Andrews are proposing a new interaction method they have dubbed as WatchMI, which adds three more touch-based gestures to any smartwatch, without requiring additional hardware at all.

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Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Samsung’s IFA 2016 invite is unambiguously about the Gear S3

Unless Samsung has a surprise high profile smartphone in the works for IFA 2016, which would make it perhaps this year's best kept secret, the manufacturer's spotlight in Berlin next month will be trained on the Gear S3. That definitely seems to be the hint that Samsung has dropped in its invitation to its IFA 2016 press event. While there are no words to indicate it, the clock hands pretty much tell the story, without telling anything nor everything. And considering Samsung has no other notable smartwatch to speak of, it's definitely going to be the Gear S3.

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ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

A couple of days ago, word surfaced that Asus has a new smartwatch in the works that would be called the ZenWatch 3. This name was tipped by a leaked line art image of the back of the watch bearing the FCC and other logos. Today some new images of the smartwatch have surfaced as it was getting certifications somewhere.

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ASUS ZenWatch 3 to be round based on FCC filing

ASUS ZenWatch 3 to be round based on FCC filing

Smartwatches aren't dead yet. At least that seems to be the case if the recent train of news and leaks are any indicator, from speculation about two Apple Watches to the upcoming availability of two Fossil Q Android Wear timepieces. Here's one more: ASUS has a new smartwatch coming. And while that might not exactly be out of the ordinary, a sighting at the FCC hints that, for the first time, an ASUS ZenWatch, to be called the ZenWatch 3, of course, will be round.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Apple may be expected to out two Apple Watches later this year, but not before two Android Wear timepieces join the smartwatch fray. Announced way back in March, Fossil has finally revealed when and, more importantly, at what cost its Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches can be purchased. And it's all happening before this month is over, giving the Android Wear loyal a chance to grab a more luxurious looking wearable before Apple's time in the spotlight.

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