Wearable

Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear Oreo beta is available on only one smartwatch

Android Wear development has been relatively slower compared to its smartphone sibling. In the almost two years of its public release, the smartwatch platform has had only two major releases. A new one, however, might be coming faster than before. Google has announced the availability of a new Android Wear release based on Android 8.0 Oreo. But if you were intending on helping Google developers test this out, you better have an LG Sport, as that is the only smartwatch it is currently available on.

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Garmin vívofit jr 2 is a Disney-themed activity tracker for kids

Garmin vívofit jr 2 is a Disney-themed activity tracker for kids

It's never too early to get kids started with a fitness routine and here to help is the Garmin vivofit jr. 2. This activity tracker is designed specifically for kids; it comes with Disney-themed designs including ones featuring Minnie Mouse, Star Wars First Order, Avengers, BB-8, Captain America, and The Resistance.

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Garmin Forerunner 30 running watch comes with heart rate sensor

Garmin Forerunner 30 running watch comes with heart rate sensor

It's no smartwatch, but for a certain class of users, the Garmin Forerunner 30 could very well be. It doesn't have the trappings of a smart wearable, save for notifications and messages, but it does have almost all the features you'll want to get fit and stay healthy. That's because the Forerunner 30 is made to be so easy to use that you simply pick it up, slap it on your wrist, and go.

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This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

This is what the Xbox Watch could have looked like

Although not as daring as, say, Google, Microsoft has had its fair share of hardware experiments. Many of which, however, are perhaps best forgotten. One such device might be the so called Xbox Watch, the company's rumored attempt to catch up with the smartwatch market. That never came to pass, for better or for worse. And if this prototype of that Xbox Watch has any ring of truth to it, it is perhaps all for the better.

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Verizon Wear24 LTE smartwatch has been discontinued

Verizon Wear24 LTE smartwatch has been discontinued

This past summer, Verizon launched its own Android Wear smartwatch called the Wear24. Now, less than a handful of months later, Verizon has discontinued the wearable. It's surprising news given its very short lifespan, though the wearable's high cost in a crowded market makes it easy to see how consumers decided to pass this model over.

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Levi’s Google Jacquard “smart” denim jacket finally got a release date

Levi’s Google Jacquard “smart” denim jacket finally got a release date

For years a denim jacket has been a wardrobe staple; now, Levi's and Google wants to make it smarter. Revealed last year, the Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard is finally getting its release, ostensibly a lightweight blue denim jacket from the jeans company, but one with a surprise up its sleeve. Or, more accurately, embedded in its sleeve.

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Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Despite having coffers as large as Google, more or less, Amazon is less trigger-happy when it comes to hardware not directly related to its core business of selling people stuff. Especially after it got burned so hard by the Fire Phone, pun totally intended. Its success with its Echo line of speakers, however, may have emboldened Amazon to make a leap of faith again, this time by putting its Alexa assistant on your face, via its own spin on the smart glasses wearable.

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KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

KGI: iPhone X, Apple Watch 3 LTE pre-orders are looking good

There should really be no surprise here. It is almost always the case that some unpopular change that Apple is rumored to make is expected to negatively affect sales or pre-orders but reality turns out to be different. Such is the case, again, with the super expensive iPhone X and the LTE-model of the Apple Watch 3 which were predicted to only make up a fraction of Apple’s sales. Even KGI, who employs renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, thought so. But, guess what? The Apple Watch 3 LTE might actually make up 90% of pre-orders, while the iPhone X has already affected the iPhone 8’s sales.

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Red Sox cheated with Fitbit, not Apple Watch, source claims

Red Sox cheated with Fitbit, not Apple Watch, source claims

Remember the Major League Baseball drama going on between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees? The two teams have accused the other of cheating, with the Red Sox in particular being accused of using a wearable to alert players to the Yankees' hand signals. An investigation into the matter was confirmed at the time, but official details were kept to a minimum. Filling the void were sources who surfaced claiming the Red Sox were using the Apple Watch to cheat, but now that has changed.

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T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

Good news for T-Mobile customers planning on getting the new Apple Watch Series 3: less than a day after revealing that the new LTE-enabled smartwatch would be limited to 3G speeds on its network, T-Mobile has reversed its stance and says users will get full 4G LTE data speeds. The carrier's CEO John Legere revealed the change on Twitter, acknowledging users' "frustrations" and "feedback."

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T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile ONE plan limits Apple Watch Series 3 to slow data speeds

T-Mobile users who have their hearts set on the new Apple Series 3 with LTE are facing some unfortunate news: the carrier is limiting the wearable to 3G-ish speeds. The carrier doesn't go out of its way to underscore that reality, instead listing it among various tidbits of fine print. According to that fine print, you'll get 512Kbps speeds with your shiny new Apple wearable.

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Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

The Apple Watch 3 has just broken cover and it sported a feature that the Apple faithful have been expecting since the Apple Watch 2: LTE connectivity. But that added functionality doesn’t come without a figurative cost and the biggest hit is on the battery. Apple knows too well that it will be users’ primary concern, so it put up a dedicated web page for the Apple Watch 3’s 18 hour battery life. Or 1 hour, depending on how you use it.

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