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Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear 1.0 will also get standalone apps

Android Wear apps have the ability to be installed and used independently of a smartphone app, but there are two catches. One is that the smartwatch needs to be able to connect to the Internet on its own, but only if the need arises. The other, harder requirement is that they are running Android Wear 2.0. Older smartwatches are more than capable of meeting the first requirement but may never see the light of Android Wear 2.0. Fortunately, Google has decided to bring at least that part of Android Wear 2.0 to first generation smartwatches, allowing developers and users to enjoy standalone smartwatch apps.

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Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

Fossil Q Venture, Q Explorist bring their round faces to market

There has been a sudden rush of new smartwatches, not just hybrid ones, this week, thanks to IFA 2017. Although it remains to be seen whether the surge will be enough to truly lift up the market, smartwatch makers, who are now joined by Fitbit, remain hopeful. Fossil, for example, has finally made available the Fossil Q Venture and Fossil Q Explorist smartwatches it announced in August, increasing the number of
Android Wear devices that at long last no loner have a flat tire.

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Sony Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept hands-on: Smarter than AirPods

Sony Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept hands-on: Smarter than AirPods

Sony could've made a pair of knock-off AirPods clones, but its new Xperia Ear Open-Style Concept is something a whole lot more interesting. Teased back in February at Mobile World Congress, the wireless stereo headset promises both your music and your choice of smart agent assistance, without cutting you off completely from the environment around you. I tried them out ahead of their full debut at IFA 2017 this week.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin Vivoactive 3 debuts Garmin Pay in GPS fitness watch

Garmin has taken the wraps off its latest fitness-centric smartwatch, the Vivoactive 3, debuting its own Garmin Pay mobile payments system. The smartwatch, launched at IFA 2017, has a circular color touchscreen and comes with GPS baked-in for tracking exercise sessions without needing you to carry your smartphone. With this latest model, you can also buy some cake mid-run without needing your wallet.

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ZeTime smartwatch’s odd mix of mechanical and digital launching soon

ZeTime smartwatch’s odd mix of mechanical and digital launching soon

It seems that there is suddenly a renewed effort to push smartwatches, or trackers that look like smartwatches, again to the forefront this week. From Fitbit’s Ionic to Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, companies are taking yet another stab at wearables on your wrist. Taking advantage of the renewed interest, MyKronoz is announcing that its rather unique ZeTime smartwatch will be launching next month, giving the market yet another kind of analog and digital hybrid.

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Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro pack GPS for fitness

Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro pack GPS for fitness

Samsung has a pair of new wearables for IFA 2017, the Gear Fit2 Pro and Gear Sport, each targeting the wrists of fitness enthusiasts. The two smartwatches each come ready for a variety of exercise types, including a new Speedo partnership for tracking laps in the pool. Unusually, each also includes onboard GPS.

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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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