Wearable

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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Apple Watch LTE tipped for this year [Update]

Apple Watch LTE tipped for this year [Update]

Apple may finally have cracked the Apple Watch LTE battery problem, with reports that a cellularly-connected version is launching later this year. Rumors of a version of the company's smartwatch which could independently connect to cellular networks without requiring a tethered iPhone have circulated since even before the first-generation Apple Watch was released in April 2015. However, fitting sufficient power into such a device has always been a limiting factor.

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Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple AR glasses: Even the iPhone-maker isn’t sure about them

Apple's augmented reality glasses may be on the roadmap, but internally the iPhone-maker still hasn't decided exactly what they should do. Chatter of a pair of AR glasses, potentially packaging displays and cameras and capable of overlaying digital graphics atop the wearer's view of the real world, has circulated for some time. However, just as it's unclear from outside Apple what the specific purpose of the wearable might be, so it's reportedly not been settled upon within the firm.

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Fitbit smartwatch release date range revealed as financial storm continues

Fitbit smartwatch release date range revealed as financial storm continues

This afternoon Fitbit shared their financial earnings in a message that also tapped their upcoming smartwatch as a friendly beacon of light. This device has been long awaited - if you're the sort of person who loves the Fitbit brand and needs a smartwatch, that is to say - and until now Fitbit's provided scarce details on their eventual release. With the gravel of the Pebble community onboard, it's apparently almost time to make another stab at a wrist-based smart device.

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Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets go up for sale (and not just for devs)

Microsoft Mixed Reality Headsets go up for sale (and not just for devs)

Microsoft's Mixed Reality Headsets, which first went up for preorder for developers at the start of summer, have appeared online for anyone to buy -- including the average non-dev consumer. These headsets are still intended for developers, mind, but they're not limited to just those buyers. There's an HP model that costs $329 USD as well as a cheaper Acer model that costs $299 USD.

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Gear S3 Frontier Special Edition sports TUMI band and watch face

Gear S3 Frontier Special Edition sports TUMI band and watch face

Samsung has unveiled a special edition version of its Gear S3 Frontier, one made in collaboration with brand TUMI. This special version of the Frontier sports both a TUMI watch band and watch face, the combination of which gives it a classy, premium look. Despite its premium look, though, Samsung says this watch is durable and able to handle your various adventures...as long as those adventures don't exceed a MIL-STD 810G level of extremeness.

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