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Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic unveiled

Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic unveiled

Along with announcing the their new P10 & P10 Plus smartphones, Huawei is using Mobile World Congress 2017 to unveil a pair of new smartwatches. Arriving two years after the company's first wearable are the Huawei Watch 2 and its sibling, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the smartwatches feature a stunning design, improved battery life, as well as 4G and GPS functionality.

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Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Here's an announcement that will likely only be of interest to a small cross-section of audiences: watch historians and/or Steve Jobs fanatics. Seiko has announced that it will be offering a limited re-release of one of its older watches made famous by a Steve Jobs portrait. The Japanese watch maker's Chariot timepiece was seen on the wrist of the Apple co-founder in the 1984 Time Magazine cover image, which featured Jobs sitting cross-legged on the floor with a Macintosh in his lap.

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MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

MyKronoz watch hands “attached by a hole cut through the color display”

A smartwatch with a touchscreen display and a set of mechanical hands is exactly what we did not expect from MyKronoz. It didn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to continue to try to make smartwatches look like traditional watches in the first place, given the lack-of-market for the devices. But here they are, complete with elements from both the traditional universe and the new-age smartwatch world, made by MyKronoz.

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Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Pebble was only worth $23 million in the end

Despite the relatively more successful fitness tracker market, Fitbit, one of the biggest names in that area, is seeing some number problems. It has acquired Pebble, a darling of the smartwatch market, as well as Vector Watch, a move that is mostly seen as an act of desperation to remain in the game. Fitbit, however, was apparently not desperate enough to buy Pebble for its full selling price. Initially rumored to cost $40 million, Fitbit now reports that it bought the smartwatch maker for just $23 million.

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Strava fitness app arrives for Apple Watch Series 2

Strava fitness app arrives for Apple Watch Series 2

The fitness app Strava has arrived for the Apple Watch Series 2, the company behind it has announced. This gives athletes and other users the ability to use the Strava app and the Series 2 wearable without an iOS tether, and enables the fitness app to fully utilize the watch’s GPS feature, among other things. This announcement follows Strava’s support for Android Wear 2.0 launched earlier this month, likewise shedding the mobile tether.

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Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Snapchat Spectacles, at long last, are now available online

Earlier in the month, Snapchat said that it would make its hard-to-obtain Spectacles easier to buy in 2017. Today it's making good on that promise by finally putting Spectacles up for sale online. That means no more waiting in line to purchase your Spectacles from a kiosk, though a fair amount of waiting is still in your future if you decide to buy online.

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Huawei P10, Watch 2 officially confirmed for MWC 2017

Huawei P10, Watch 2 officially confirmed for MWC 2017

Last minute tidbits for what’s coming to MWC 2017 are starting to roll in, and some of them coming from the companies themselves. While some like Samsung have not yet formally named what it’s going to show later this month, others like Huawei are content to confirm what everyone knows already anyway. The company has officially confirmed that the Huawei P10 will be at the Barcelona event and that it won’t be alone. Company CEO Richard Yu has taken to Weibo to also say that the Huawei Watch 2 is also going on stage.

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Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Sport, Watch Style break cover

Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Sport, Watch Style break cover

At long last, the smartwatch market is getting fresh new blood and a chance at becoming popular again. At least that is the promise and dream of Android Wear 2.0 which, after a few months’ delay, is finally officially launched. Of course, it’s going to take some time for it actually be available on anyone’s wrists, including the still to ship LG Watch Sport and Watch Style smartwatches, but Google is promising it will very well be worth the wait.

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Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Verizon spills beans on LG Watch Sport and Wear24 LTE

Both the LG Watch Sport and the Wear24 smartwatches with Android Wear were announced by Verizon today as coming with LTE editions. Both of these watches will be coming to Verizon, and the Wear24 will be exclusive to the carrier. The LG Watch Sport will not be an exclusive of Verizon, very likely appearing officially from AT&T later today - so far we've just got leaks of that particular version.

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Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

Gameband returns as smartwatch with Atari, Android, Pong

The folks at FMTwo Game Inc. have created a new version of the Gameband, a wearable smart device made for gamers. This new version isn't just a USB storage solution, as their past Minecraft device was - here in 2017, they're making a real-deal smartwatch. They've teamed with the official Atari SA brand and Re-Logic (creators of Terraria) to release special editions of the new Gameband as well as a standard edition. This new Gameband will be pre-loaded with 20 mini-games, several of which are "reconditioned" versions of classics like Pong and Breakout.

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ZTE Quartz leaked as maker’s first Android Wear smartwatch

ZTE Quartz leaked as maker’s first Android Wear smartwatch

It seems Chinese company ZTE has a new product in the pipeline, and it comes in the form of a smartwatch. Reportedly called the ZTE Quartz, this smartwatch is poised to become the company’s first Android Wear product, signaling its move into a new market. The watch was recently the source of a leak that included an alleged photo of the product, which features a sporty blue-and-black band.

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LG Watch Sport, Style leaked manuals leave no stone unturned

LG Watch Sport, Style leaked manuals leave no stone unturned

In less than 48 hours, Google is expected to finally release Android Wear 2.0 to the world and, at the same time, LG will be unveiling its two new smartwatches. That said, with these leaked user guides, there is practically nothing left to be said about the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. Of course, reality might still turn out differently, but at least now we have a more or less complete idea of what to expect, including a rotating crown button.

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