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Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Fossil goes all out on hybrid, touchscreen smartwatches

Pundits have started doubting the long-term viability of smartwatches as a commercial product but, if you consider the flood of new devices in the past few weeks, you would definitely think otherwise. After Google finally launched Android Wear 2.0, which has been delayed by months, a new generation of smartwatches popped up, though some are merely updating their software while sticking to the same hardware. Fossil's announcement at Baselworld is a mix of both, revealing new styles for old models as well as new smartwatches to fill this year's roster.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

With all the recent coverage surrounding new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, it might have been to easy to forget that neither Android Wear nor Apple watchOS are the only game in town. To reminds consumers that there is a third strongest smartwatch platform, Samsung is announcing a few new key partnerships for its Gear S3 smartwatch and the apps that come with them. From health to navigation to entertainment, the new Gear S3 apps assure fans that, yes, Samsung is still playing in this court.

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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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Google and Levi’s smart jacket will cost $350 starting this fall

Google and Levi’s smart jacket will cost $350 starting this fall

Those interested in the merging of technology and fashion likely remember the smart denim jacket that was announced at Google's I/O conference last year. Developed in partnership with Levi's, the connected clothing item uses Google's Project Jacquard conductive fabric technology to allow touching the jacket in different ways to control a smartphone. Dubbed the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, it was promised to be more than just a concept, and would be available to consumers in 2017.

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MLB approves Whoop strap wearable for athletes

MLB approves Whoop strap wearable for athletes

Whoop has announced that Major League Baseball (MLB) has approved its Whoop Strap wearable for continuous use by athletes. This is said to be a first for the MLB, and gives athletes an option to wear during their games. Using the wearable will give both players and coaches insight into the players’ status, such as monitoring how strained the player is at certain points during the game.

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Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Watches are a personal thing and no one size fits all. Maybe that’s why smartwatches have had a hard time becoming as mainstream as smartphones. Not everyone might be satisfied with just having Android or watchOS on their wrists. Some might want an honest to goodness desktop OS they can wear. So 314rcreator, a.k.a. Lord_of_Bone on Reddit, whipped up a quick hack that put a Raspberry Pi A+ that ran Windows 98. Because, well, why not?

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