Wearable

Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung Gear IconX 2nd Gen adds Bixby and boosts battery

Samsung has updated its AirPod-rivaling Gear IconX headset, adding Bixby support and more to its wireless earbuds. Like the original Gear IconX earbuds, the new models revealed this week at IFA 2017 are completely cordless: there's no tethering wire either between each bud or to your phone. For 2017, though, they should last longer than before.

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Garmin Pay leaks as Vivoactive 3’s take on Apple Pay

Garmin Pay leaks as Vivoactive 3’s take on Apple Pay

Garmin's Vivoactive 3 smartwatch may have leaked already, but its only today that we're discovering its most unexpected feature. The fitness-tracking smartwatch was spotted earlier this month, with a circular face and the ability to flag notifications from your phone to your wrist. Now, we also know that it could replace your credit card.

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Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensor is for athletes who hate chest straps

Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensor is for athletes who hate chest straps

Optical heart rate sensors more often than not come in the form of a chest strap, and it is arguably one of the most hated bit of vital fitness accessories out there. If you count yourself among those who hate trying to jog or exercise with a chest strap in place, Polar has some good news: a new optical heart rate sensor designed to be worn on the arm.

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Misfit Vapor risks being vaporware with launch delay

Misfit Vapor risks being vaporware with launch delay

Misfit was perhaps tempting fate when it named what would be its first smartwatch “Vapor”. While Fitbit has finally made true its promise to have an honest to goodness, though still debatable, smartwatch, Misfit has yet to deliver on its own word. Now those eagerly awaiting for the Misfit Vapor to actually take flesh will have to wait two months longer, as the company reveals it will be delaying the smartwatch to sometime in October.

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New Apple Watch Workouts include dancing, bowling, and more in iOS 11 beta

New Apple Watch Workouts include dancing, bowling, and more in iOS 11 beta

Apple's latest firmware updates continue to give us hints and leaks about upcoming devices and features. While the latest isn't as big as the iPhone 8 discoveries in the recent HomePod software, the new iOS 11 beta reveals that Apple may be adding support for a large number of new exercise activities to the Apple Watch's Workouts feature.

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Moto 360 Sport Android Wear 2.0 update finally rolls out

Moto 360 Sport Android Wear 2.0 update finally rolls out

It’s a long time coming but there was also a chance it might not have even come to pass. Motorola, after all, was calling it quits on the smartwatch scene but a promise is a promise and fortunately for Moto 360 Sport owners, the company has kept its word. The Android Wear 2.0 update is finally rolling out to the sporty variant of the smartwatch month after the Moto 360 2nd gen got what may be the last major update it will ever have. Presuming we even see major Android Wear updates in the first place.

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Movado Connect is the latest expensive Android Wear smartwatch

Movado Connect is the latest expensive Android Wear smartwatch

It’s almost ironic how smartphone OEMs have taken a backseat when it comes to smartwatches while fashion and accessory makers have taken the wheel. Then again, it is also makes sense considering how smartwatches are still more watch than smart device in consumers’ minds. Swiss watch maker Movado has had a couple of smartwatch products for quite some time now but, back in March, it announced its first Android Wear product. Now five months later, the Movado Connect is finally available for purchase. That is, if you can afford it.

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Misfit Vapor smartwatch won’t have built-in GPS

Misfit Vapor smartwatch won’t have built-in GPS

Product is just begging to be called vaporware with the choice of its name and, for some interested buyers, it might as well be. The Misfit Vapor is not only more than half a year in the making, it is also going to arrive with less than what the company promised at the start of this year. According to the company’s own Instagram account, Misfit’s first full smartwatch won’t have standalone GPS, contrary to what it boasted back at CES in January.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro wearable surfaces with offline Spotify feature

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro wearable surfaces with offline Spotify feature

Another Samsung fitness wearable has leaked, this one supposedly called the Gear Fit2 Pro. The wearable, among other things, is tipped to feature support for offline Spotify playback, though that is only one of the many rumored features. In addition to abilities tailored toward athletes and fitness enthusiasts, the wearable also offers a sporty design.

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Apple Watch 3 will look the same, gain LTE says Kuo

Apple Watch 3 will look the same, gain LTE says Kuo

Apple Watch 3's release and release details appeared this week in an analyst note on Apple's singular wearable device. This note came from notoriously accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who suggested that the 3rd-gen Apple Watch won't look particularly different from previous models. Why would it? Not when there's a whole bunch of Apple Watch straps that were designed for the look of the first-gen device.

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Android Wear Google Assistant bug leaves owners powerless

Android Wear Google Assistant bug leaves owners powerless

Smartwatches are odd contraptions. They promise to empower users by detaching their faces from their phone screens while still giving them much of their phone’s features. At the same time, they also make users more enslaved to notifications and also deprive them of effective ways to interact with the device other than a few taps or by voice. The latter, however, is no longer true if you’re using an Android Wear smartwatch, as users now find Google Assistant, which should let them control the wearable via voice, ignoring them and redirecting them to a Google search instead.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 leak shows a more familiar round face

Garmin Vivoactive 3 leak shows a more familiar round face

While Fitbit is still taking its sweet time at releasing a smartwatch that would, in theory, save it from becoming a has-been in the wearables market, its rivals are taking advantage of its silence to grab a piece of the pie in the meantime. First it was Apple that overtook it as being the number one wearable seller, only to have Xiaomi overtake both of them. While quite far from climbing to the top, Garmin is planning to come out with a new Vivoactive 3 that, while not exactly a smartwatch, looks and acts the part.

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