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New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance RunIQ now available with Intel inside

New Balance released their RunIQ smartwatch this week with Android Wear inside run by an Intel Atom processor. This device is made to be an active wear watch, tracking the user's workout with heart rate, GPS, and Wi-fi connectivity. This device has the ability to sync and store music with Google Play Music, sync with STRAVA for the sharing and analyzation of workouts, and one's own smartphone with Bluetooth.

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Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch developers are getting their first taste of watchOS 3.2 today, released today complete with SiriKit and Theatre Mode. The update, which is currently in beta and not officially available to general users, includes two new features which could significantly improve the usefulness of Apple's wearable and how comfortably it integrates with daily life. That includes not disturbing you while you're at the movies.

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Android Wear 2.0’s final dev preview includes iOS support

Android Wear 2.0’s final dev preview includes iOS support

Unlike most fitness trackers and some exceptions like the late Pebble, smartwatch platforms such as Google's Android Wear and Apple's watchOS are pretty much like walled gardens. Trying to show that it wants to play fair, Google has slowly opened up Android Wear for those without Android phones, a.k.a. iPhone users. In the fifth and last developer preview for Android Wear 2.0, Google is taking that one step further by making it possible to install Android Wear apps even without an Android phone at all.

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LG’s Android Wear 2.0 watches got some blurry pics

LG’s Android Wear 2.0 watches got some blurry pics

Android Wear, and smartwatches, might be making a comeback. That is, if the recent spate of leaks and teasers are any indication. TAG Heuer and Casio definitely seem to still be invested in the wearable line. The latest to come our way are these two small res images of LG's upcoming Android Wear 2.0 watches, one with a larger, sporty design and the other with a more petite but classier body. The big question now is whether these two will be the Nexus-like smartwatches Google supposedly has cooking this year.

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Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit continues its spate of acquisitions, with news that the wearables company has acquired Vector Watch, a smartwatch startup that made headlines with its long battery life and discreet design. The news, confirmed by Vector Watch today, will see both the Vector Watch team and its software platform added to Fitbit's ranks. However, for existing Vector smartwatch owners, it means an end to updates and new features.

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Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Is 2017 going to be the year that Apple and Samsung finally start playing nice together? Apple is opening its first retail store in Samsung's home of South Korea, and now Samsung's Gear line of wearables have their own iOS apps. Ok, so maybe playing nice is still out of the picture, but at the least the latter means owners of the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit 2 can use their devices with an iPhone if they prefer.

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Sony E-ink FES watch gets colors & patterns for 2nd gen

Sony E-ink FES watch gets colors & patterns for 2nd gen

If you've been following the smartwatch trend at all, you likely remember hearing about Sony's interesting E-ink wearable. Dubbed the FES (Fashion Entertainments) Watch, it uses low-power e-paper technology on both the face and wrist band. It doesn't have any of the "smarts" we've come to expect from our timepieces, but it can change patterns instantly at the press of a button.

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Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Fossil Q wearable line adds three slim hybrid smartwatches

Just because smartwatches have trouble finding their place in the world doesn’t mean traditional watches don’t can’t become smarter. That is the line of thinking behind what is aptly called hybrid watches or hybrid smartwatches, adding just a pinch of technology to otherwise traditional, but gorgeous, timepieces. At CES 2017, fashion accessory maker Fossil is announcing yet another set of such hybrid smartwatches for its Q brand of smart wearables, the Q Accomplice, Q Grant, and Q Modern Pursuit, all focusing on slim designs to match your fashion taste.

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Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit Vapor Smartwatch has a fully round 1.39-inch display

Misfit has announced a new smartwatch called Vapor, a wearable with a fully round 1.39-inch AMOLED display with a 326ppi resolution and a ‘vibrant color palette,’ according to the company. This smartwatch packs a bunch of features into its tiny body, including sensors like an altimeter, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, GPS, and gyroscope. There are also the expected features including a microphone and health tracking.

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New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

At CES 2017 this week, running shoe company New Balance revealed its first fitness-focused smartwatch, the RunIQ. Designed in partnership with Intel, the wearable is powered by Google's Android Wear software and pairs common smartwatch functionality with a number of running-centric features. Priced at $300, the RunIQ is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to begin shipping on February 1st.

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Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

Casio Smart Outdoor Watch 2 comes with Android Wear 2.0, GPS

If you ever needed proof that Android Wear is still alive, Casio just gave one. Somewhat. Almost exactly year after it announced its first smartwatch, the WSD-F10, the famed watch maker is announcing its second Smart Outdoor Watch, the WSD-F20. And while the big new feature here, at least as far as hardware is concerned, is the addition of GPS functionality, smartwatch enthusiasts might be a bit more interested in its software. That’s because the WSD-F20 is coming with the already delayed and somewhat doubted Android Wear 2.0.

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