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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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Apple tipped to have 2 smartwatches later this year

Apple tipped to have 2 smartwatches later this year

While it seems that the smartwatch market has gone into a slight hibernation, Apple isn't yet leaving the party where it burst into as a latecomer. In fact, contrary to previous expectations, it will have not one but two Apple Watches slated for the second half of this year. Almost like an iPhone 5s and 5c strategy, one of the alleged smartwatches will only vary so slightly from the current model, while the real Apple Watch 2 gets most of the new features, like GPS and a bigger battery.

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Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Ouch: Every Basis Peak smartwatch recalled over burn risk

Fitness wearable company Basis is recalling every Peak watch sold, warning users of the potential for the health tracker to overheat and cause burns to the wrist. The voluntary recall - which will result in a full refund to those who bought the Peak - comes after the Intel-acquired firm found it was unable to tweak the smartwatch's software sufficiently to cut the potential for overheating.

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Polar’s M600 fitness tracker is a full-fledged Android Wear smartwatch

Polar’s M600 fitness tracker is a full-fledged Android Wear smartwatch

Polar, known for its previous GPS-equipped fitness trackers, seems to have decided to move away from scaled back, limited-function wearables, as its new M600 device is an all-out Android Wear smartwatch. This means it does far more than just tracking sleep and activity, including features like smartphone notifications, heart rate monitoring, GPS, and the ability to run any number of existing Android Wear apps.

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Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Details are slowly starting to leak out about the next smartwatch from Samsung, rumor has it that the device will be called the Gear S3 and it will be round like the version before. The new smartwatch is expected to launch in September at IFA 2016. Ahead of that launch, a new rumor claims to confirm some of the features that the S3 will offer.

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Apple Watch successor said to feature thinner ‘One Glass Solution’

Apple Watch successor said to feature thinner ‘One Glass Solution’

It's only a matter of time before Apple debuts a second generation Apple Watch, and while it's anyone's guess when it might be announced, we know that the smartwatch is being worked on behind the scenes. Previous reports have pegged the next Apple Watch as featuring a nearly identical design with a larger battery, or being slightly thinner, but the latest information from the supply chain indicates there will be some changes to the display as well.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch to bring rotary bezel in September

While Samsung is eying a very early launch for its next Galaxy Note phablet, it doesn't seem in a rush to do the same for its next Gear smartwatch. Dubbed the Gear S3, because what else would you call it, the company's next high profile smartwatch isn't expected to debut to the public until September, during its usual IFA affair. And when it does, it will be sporting the same rotary bezel control that put Samsung's smartwatch back on the "interesting" map, enough to warrant a successor.

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Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

Nest silently sneaks in Apple Watch support in latest update

When you're a company set on conquering every household with smart monitors and sensors, you can't afford to ignore even your parent company's fiercest rivals. That is especially true for Nest, formerly owned by Google, now owned by Alphabet. Although the company has had an iOS app for quite some time now, one important piece of the puzzle was still missing. Well, consider that puzzle now complete as Nest has, rather silently, finally added support for the Apple Watch in the latest update to its iOS app.

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Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Apple Watch game Cosmos Rings from Square Enix now available

Some people still can't make heads or tails of what smartwatches are or should be. Some do see them as mere extensions of their smartphones but others also want these wearables to do almost everything by themselves. One thing most seem to agree on, however, is that smartwatches aren't exactly the best devices for gaming. Square Enix apparently didn't get the memo and has, as earlier reported, launched Cosmos Rings, a game that is played solely on the Apple Watch. No, not a companion watch app for a mobile game but a 100% Apple Watch only game.

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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Big surprise, hardly anybody is buying smartwatches

Smartwatches may have been heralded as the Next Big Thing in consumer tech, but a stagnating market has seen the segment shrink dramatically compared to last year. Shipments overall drooped 32-percent in Q2 2016, according to the latest IDC worldwide smartwatch report, torpedoed for the most part by dwindling demand for the Apple Watch.

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