SmartWatch Stories February 12, 2021

With Oculus VR headsets and Portal video conferencing smart displays, Facebook is increasingly becoming a hardware maker. One Facebook product reportedly in the pipeline is a smartwatch that’s trying to compete with Google-owned Fitbit and the Apple Watch.

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SmartWatch Stories January 19, 2018

With new hardware and software options that continue to get better and better, there’s no time like the present to buy a smartwatch. While iOS users are pretty limited in what they could buy, Android users have too many choices to count. Not sure where to start looking? Let’s go over some of the best options…

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SmartWatch Stories December 18, 2017

It’s hard to convince someone why they should buy a smartwatch. One argument might be for notifications, payments, or apps, and another might be for fitness. In many cases, today’s smartwatches fall into one of those two categories. However, Samsung’s new Gear Sport bridges the gap with impressive fitness features paired with the company’s excellent Tizen wearable OS.

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SmartWatch Stories July 11, 2017

When it comes to smartwatches for Android, nearly all of the great options are powered by Google’s Android Wear OS. One of the few outliers though, was Mobvoi’s Ticwatch 2. With the latest generation, however, the company is making the switch, and you can get yours for a very affordable price.

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SmartWatch Stories December 21, 2016


When smartwatches first debuted, most people saw them as the futuristic wearable we always wanted. Early adopters loved options like the Pebble, first generation of Android Wear, and more. However, it seems like those early adopters might have been the only ones who were interested.

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SmartWatch Stories October 24, 2016


Smartwatches aren’t a necessity, and that makes them a tough sell for many customers. Paying $200+ for a watch with a display that shows notifications and lasts a couple of years vs buying an inexpensive normal watch that lasts basically forever just doesn’t make sense for a lot of people.

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SmartWatch Stories September 6, 2016


Earlier this year Michael Kors revealed a new selection of Android Wear smartwatches in two styles. The “Dylan,” a watch for men, features a sporty look, with the all-metal “Bradshaw” being aimed at women. Now, they are finally available, both starting at $350 only in retail stores. They are available in 18 countries including the US and UK…

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SmartWatch Stories June 28, 2016

PSA: Android Wear 1.5 rolling out to the Fossil Q Founder

Most watches have received the Android Wear 1.5 update at this point, but now we’ve spotted the first report of the update hitting the Fossil Q Founder. Still based on Android 6.0.1, the Android Wear 1.5 update contains just a few incremental tweaks…

SmartWatch Stories June 14, 2016


Android Wear 2.0 went official following Google I/O and as we learn everything it’s capable of, we’re also finding out who will and will not get it. Just like with previous updates, just about everyone will be getting it, but this time around Google is dropping two models, the original LG G Watch and the 1st generation Moto 360.

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SmartWatch Stories June 5, 2016


Back at Google I/O 2016, Google took the wraps off of Android Wear 2.0. The Mountain View company has added a lot of new features in this version, but one thing we’ve noticed is that — despite many hands-on articles and videos floating around — most publications haven’t really shown everything that Android Wear 2.0 really has to offer.

Let’s fix that. Follow along with us as we dive into everything you already know and everything you might not already know about Android Wear 2.0…

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SmartWatch Stories June 4, 2016

oneplus smartwatch

We’ve seen dozens of smartwatches hit the market over the past couple years, but none of them have yet to be a real runaway hit. Just about every major OEM has one on the market, so with all of those options out there, it’s tough for smaller companies to get their chance in the game — or at least, that’s what OnePlus thinks.

According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the company not only was considering a smartwatch, they also had a completed design. But as we know, they decided not to release it (via WSJ).

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SmartWatch Stories May 18, 2016

Kickstarter: Pebble wristband adds 7-day power and on-board GPS for outdoor adventurers

While the Pebble smartwatch range may not compete with the more sophisticated Android Wear watches in terms of functionality or display quality, it can be a good option for those who want multi-day battery-life. Third-party company Powerstrap is now aiming to boost that life even further with a powered strap that claims to add a full week of power through a 250mAh battery, as well as an on-board GPS module.

SmartWatch Stories May 3, 2016

HTC might finally launch an Android Wear smartwatch in June

Rumors of an HTC-made smartwatch have been around for quite some time. In fact, in the build up to last year’s HTC One M9 launch, it was expected that the company would announce an Android Wear device — or smartwatch of some kind — alongside 2015’s all-metal gold-tinted flagship. Instead, the company showed off its Vive VR headset and a fitness band. Now, it looks like its smartwatch plans are close to fruition.

SmartWatch Stories April 25, 2016

Albeit still not as popular as smartphones, smartwatches are indeed making their way to the market as gadgets with ever increased functionalities — like the recently announced CoWatch and its Amazon Alexa integration — but at the same time trying to appeal to classic timepiece customers as well.

Samsung is an OEM trying to please both audiences: according to The Korea Herald, Swiss watchmaker de Grisogono has confirmed to be working with the consumer electronics giant again in order to bring to the market a luxury version of the yet-to-be-announced Gear S3, supposedly coming next March…

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SmartWatch Stories April 18, 2016

After the big splash made by smartphones and then, albeit with less of an impact, tablets, various forms of smartwatches have tried to sneak in into everyone’s digital life. As companies like Google and Apple try to extend their reach with increasingly bigger ecosystems that attempt to lock users in, the smartwatch race may prove to be an important area, despite the generally lukewarm reception consumers seem to have so far given.

Indeed, much like with chatbots, companies like Microsoft and Amazon may be interested in having a part of their services used right on your wrist, and while not directly coming from the Seattle company, it looks like Alexa may be your next wearable’s digital assistant. iMCO and Chronologics, the two companies behind the project, seem to be on track to deliver the “CoWatch” smartwatch, and have started an Indiegogo campaign that already raised over $10,000 in the first day of debut…

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SmartWatch Stories March 21, 2016


The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE — yeah, that’s a mouthful of a name isn’t it? — is back. The Android Wear smartwatch that was supposed to debut the latest version of Google’s smartwatch software all the way back in November of last year was pulled from sale just days after it became available. LG eventually confirmed that the device was suffering a quality issue with a display component, but it was unclear what the device’s future would be.

Now, it seems that the Korean company has relaunched the LTE-enabled smartwatch… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories March 17, 2016

IDC: Apple Watch to hold smartwatch lead through 2019 as Android Wear closes gap

IDC’s latest report is out today with new estimates based on worldwide wearable shipments, and in it is a prediction that Apple Watch will hold the market lead this year and through 2020 as Android Wear begins to close the gap.

While the report shows estimates based on overall wearable shipments, which IDC says will go from 72.2 million last year to 100 million in 2016 for watch and wristband products, it also shows a breakdown of estimates for leading smartwatch platforms by operating system…

SmartWatch Stories March 16, 2016


Following the introduction of the TAG Heuer Android Wear watch late last year— the first of the major Swiss brands to launch a full-fledged smartwatch— TAG’s parent company says Hublot will likely be its next brand to receive smartwatch features. Bloomberg reports:

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Nixon is the latest traditional fashion watch maker to announce an Android Wear product, joining the likes of Fossil and Casio in hopping onboard the smartwatch train. And if the promotional pre-launch media is anything go by, this will be a beastly device built for those of us who like living on the edge.

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SmartWatch Stories March 2, 2016

$17 smartwatch sending data back to China shows perils of buying unknown brands [Video]

A $17 smartwatch sold on eBay that pairs to both Android and iOS devices was found by a security researcher to be sending data back to an unidentified serve in China, reports The Register.

SmartWatch Stories February 22, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Huawei Watch from $300, $40 Google Express credit for $15, more

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Many Huawei Watch models $50 off from $300 shipped (Reg. $350) at Amazon, price matched at Best Buy

Try out Google Express with this $40 credit for $15 (62% savings)

Light up your home with the Philips Hue Starter Kit (3 bulbs) for $120 shipped (Orig. $200)

Get ready to file your taxes w/ this Brother AirPrint Laser Printer for $80 shipped (Reg. $100+)

Review: Audioengine turns it up to 11 with its newest Bluetooth HD6 powered speakers

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Gift Cards up to 20% off: $50 AMC theaters for $40, $50 Babies/Toys R Us for $40, many more

Keep your Wi-Fi running during a power outage w/ this APC battery backup: $20 + in-store pickup (Orig. $60)


DashCam Recorder and Camera offers motion-triggered recording: $27 (Orig: $95)

Seiki 39-inch 4K 120Hz LED UHDTV w/ 3 HDMI inputs: $300 shipped (Orig. $700)


SanDisk announces faster USB-C flash drives and microSD cards at Mobile World Conference

Garmin’s latest fitness trackers have impressive battery life & can automatically identify your activities

SmartWatch Stories February 17, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG Watch Urbane (refurb) $155, Amazon 6-inch Fire HD $90, free Chromecast w/ Spotify Premium, more

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LG Watch Urbane Android Wear smartwatch (refurb): $155 shipped (Reg. $200+) | A4C

Amazon’s 6-inch Fire HD Wi-Fi tablet: 8GB $70 or 16GB $90 shipped ($30 savings)

Spotify tempts new Premium subscribers with free Google Chromecast offer

Spigen micro USB cable 5-pack $7.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $10) w/ code KGCS66BA, USB car charger $3.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $9) w/ code AFFK33YM | Amazon


Games/Apps: Mario Maker Wii U + game of choice, amiibo, more $309 ($390+ value), more


Cambond 10-ft. Braided Nylon MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cable $11 (Reg. $17), USB-C Cable, more


The Coleco Chameleon retro gaming console is sure to appeal to any Millennial

NERF’s Fall 2016 line includes battery-powered 70MPH blasters, Alien designs, more

SmartWatch Stories February 11, 2016


Qualcomm has announced a brand new processor designed specifically for smartwatches and wearables. The Snapdragon 2100 has been developed to enable manufacturers to create thinner smartwatches with longer-lasting batteries, and make it easier to design watches that don’t need to be tethered to phones.

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SmartWatch Stories January 26, 2016

robinhood andoid wear

Robinhood is easily the best app for buying and trading stocks (at pretty much no cost upfront), but it doubles as one of the best Android apps for tracking stocks as well. Now, the Robinhood experience is coming to the wrist via recently-announced (via Android Police) Android Wear support…

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SmartWatch Stories January 18, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG Watch Urbane $200, Ooma VoIP Home Phone $75, Fitbit Aria $89, more

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LG Watch Urbane Android Wear Smartwatch: $200 shipped (Reg. $259)

Ditch your landline with Ooma’s Telo Home Phone Service for $75 shipped (Reg. $110)

Track your body fat percentage & BMI w/ Fitbit’s Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale: $89 shipped (Reg. $130)


Google Play albums from Zac Brown Band and more on sale for $0.99 each


USB Power: 5-Port QuickCharge 2.0 Charger $18 (Reg. $30), 5-pack microUSB cables $4

New 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for $490 shipped (Reg. $715)


This Nintendo-inspired Bluetooth speaker is just about perfect in every way

Phāz takes note of iPhone 7 rumors with new Lightning-connected headphones

SmartWatch Stories January 5, 2016


Casio is widely known for making more traditional digital watches, but they’ve in fact been a long time exhibitor at CES. Last year, they announced a GPS connected watch. This year they are showing off an Android Wear smartwatch geared for outdoor usage.

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SmartWatch Stories December 22, 2015

gear s2 classic

This is definitely in the realm of “unsubstantiated rumors,” but it looks like the popular Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch — which runs a custom build of Tizen and sports a rotating dial on its bezel — is getting a couple new colors. This comes from a writer on Twitter, suggesting that the two new variants will be in “platinum” and “rose gold” colors for the Gear S2 Classic version of the watch…

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SmartWatch Stories December 15, 2015

Original LG Watch Urbane price drops down to just $199

Back when it first launched, the LG Watch Urbane drew a lot of attention to itself thanks to its striking appearance. The round-faced chunky metal smartwatch didn’t look like anything else on the Android Wear market. If you’re still looking for a good value smartwatch, this could be the way to go. If you’re quick you snag the LG Watch Urbane for just $199 (down from $349) in one of today’s Lightning Deals. The deal ends in less than two hours (from time of typing). If you don’t manage to grab it, you can head on over to Rakuten where you can get the same deal on the silver model.

Feature highlights:

  • 1.3″ Full Circle P-OLED Display with Gorilla Glass 3 and Full Metal Body with Screw-Less Back Cover
  • Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system
  • Fitness Integration with Built-In Continuous Heart Rate Monitor and syncs with sensors and applications for real time health and fitness data
  • Environmental Biosensors – detects and tracks Barometric Pressure, Gyroscopic Movements, Accelerometer, Geomagnetic Sensor, PPG Heart Rate Monitor
  • Music Streaming – stream music stored in the internal memory to a compatible Bluetooth device. Please note: The watch can be used only to receive notifications and accept/reject calls. Once accepted, you must then use your phone to talk.

SmartWatch Stories December 8, 2015


Fossil officially released its very first Android Wear watch a couple of weeks ago. The $295 smartwatch is powered by an Intel Atom processor and has a round display complete with ‘flat tire’, and has now been made available to order from Google’s devices store. What’s more, because it’s on Google’s tech-focussed store, we get a much better idea about the watch’s internal specifications. As Android Wear devices go, it looks set to compete with the best of them…

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SmartWatch Stories December 5, 2015


TAG Heuer has had to almost double its production to meet demand for its first Android Wear luxury smartwatch. The TAG Heuer Connected is based on the design of its popular Carrera range and comes loaded with an Intel processor and runs Google’s wearable OS. Retailers and various other resellers have requested a total of 100,000 units of the watch, which is way more than what the company expected upon announcement

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SmartWatch Stories December 4, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Dell Venue 8 $100, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 $300, more

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Dell Venue 8 tablet 2GB RAM 32GB flash: $100 shipped (Reg. $200) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (T800) 32GB 10.5” tablet: $300 shipped (Reg. $400+) | A4C

Amazon is giving away a year of unlimited cloud storage to anyone who downloads a free app4K Smart UHDTVs: Samsung 48-inch 60Hz $500 (Reg. $700+), LG 55-inch 120Hz $698 (Reg. $800+), more

Samsung Android Wear-powered Gear Live: $80 shipped (Reg. $150) | eBay

LG G Watch R Android Wear watch: $180 shipped (Reg. $290) | eBay

9to5Google Gift GuidesStephen, Abner, and Cam’s favorite Chrome and Android-powered products


Brother compact Laser printer: small enough to hide, ink lasts forever: $40 shipped

GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera w/ free mount + 32GB microSD card: $200 shipped (~$325 value)


Host a Christmas party that doesn’t suck with these rowdy adult board games

App Store Free App of the Week: Monument Valley goes free (Reg. $4)

TextExpander 5 for Mac, award-winning productivity app now $22 (Orig. $45)


Anova Culinary updates its sous vide Precision Cooker w/ Wi-Fi  for cooking away from home

SmartWatch Stories December 1, 2015


Android Wear smartwatches may not be as much of a “hot gift” this year as the Apple Watch is, but if you have friends without an iPhone, going with an Android-based smartwatch is pretty much your only option if you want to gift them a wearable. There are a lot of options to pick from across many different price points, but we’re here to help you pick out the perfect combo of fashion and tech for your loved one… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories November 25, 2015


Earlier this month, popular watchmaker Fossil announced a range of connected fashion items. Among them were a Bluetooth connected analog watch and a fitness band built in to a stylish leather bracelet. But what we were really excited about was the company’s announcement that it was going to build its own Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Today, the Fossil Q Founder is finally available to order…

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SmartWatch Stories November 24, 2015


I’m in agreement with most that the Huawei Watch is one of the best Android Wear smartwatches of the year (and thereby one of the best smartwatches of the year, period), and now it’s getting a little better. According to a post on the Huawei Community blog, the device is now getting a minor maintenance release with optimizations all-around a new watch face, and a new app… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories November 13, 2015


A while back, we took a look at Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatch, which is probably the best oneswe’ve seen released in 2015. Well, Samsung actually made two versions of this watch. Meet the Gear S2 Classic and damn, does this thing look good… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories November 12, 2015

Watchmaker Fossil picks up fitness wearable tech w/ $260M Misfit acquisition

Misfit, makers of popular smartphone-connected wearable fitness accessories, today announced the company is being acquired by watchmaker Fossil Group for $260 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Fossil plans to take the technology and integrate it into its traditional watch designs, according to the report:

SmartWatch Stories November 9, 2015


Update: The TAG Heuer Connected is now official. It goes on sale for $1500 very soon, has a 46mm case, connects with Android and iOS phones and will be available with a choice of 7 different color straps. Watch the promo video, see the official press renders and read up on the full official details here.

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has announced that its Android Wear-based Carrera Connected smartwatch, launching today in New York, will have go on sale at $1500, a little lower than previously expected.

TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver told Le Matin Dimanche that he didn’t want to reveal too much ahead of today’s official unveiling, which takes place at 11am ET. Although it runs on Android Wear, the company appears to be targeting Apple rather than existing Android brands …  expand full story

SmartWatch Stories November 5, 2015

Pebble Time Round available at Best Buy, Target, and online retailers on November 8th

The Pebble Time Round was announced in September, and now — just a bit over a month later — it’s about to finally be available at stores across the United States. Pebble says that the watch will be available at Best Buy and Target stores in the US on November 8th, and will also be available online at,,, and on the same day…

Chronos under-watch disc turns traditional watches into smart ones (save $50 on pre-order)

There are many watch guys out there who are reluctant to give up their beautiful analog watches in favor of a smartwatch, but still feel slightly envious about the convenience of wrist notifications. Chronos is a $99 gadget geared to solving that problem.

It’s a 3mm thick disk designed to be discreetly worn underneath an analog watch. It offers multi-color flashing lights and vibrations for notifications from your iPhone, and also offers limited tap-based control of iPhone apps. You can, for example, skip to the next track in the Music app.

The Verge reports that it’s probably something you’ll want to use only with larger watches.

Chronos does add an appreciable thickness to the watch, setting it higher off of your wrist, but it isn’t particularly noticeable when placed beneath a larger model.

Chronos will retail for $129, but the first 250 people to pre-order can snag one for $79. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until the spring to receive it.

SmartWatch Stories October 27, 2015


I already love the Huawei Watch (and so does Dom), and now I think I love it even more. Today, the Chinese OEM has announced that new buyers of company’s Android Wear smartwatch are getting an extended manufacturer’s warranty. Originally just 12 months, the Huawei Watch is now eligible for an additional 12 months of coverage if you buy direct from Huawei… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories October 21, 2015


Fossil has today made official its entry into the Android Wear space with the “Q Founder,” a nice-looking but oddly-named smartwatch that definitely pulls inspiration from Fossil’s traditional watches… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories October 12, 2015


Mentions of TAG Heuer’s entry into the Android Wear market have been tossed around for a really long time now, but — as we learned just a couple of weeks ago — the device’s launch is finally right around the corner. We haven’t up to this point had any kind of peek at what the watch will actually look like, but a new teaser image tweeted today by the company itself gives us a little bit of a glimpse at this beast in the flesh… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories October 7, 2015

BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch - YouTube 2015-10-07 15-43-14

Four months ago, the team behind the BLOCKS smartwatch — a device not all too different from Google’s Project Ara smartphone in principle — said that it would begin crowdfunding in the “summer”. While the company may have missed that deadline by a few weeks, it looks like it’s going to happen nonetheless. The device is set to finally hit Kickstarter on October 13th… expand full story

SmartWatch Stories October 5, 2015


Today we’re taking a closer look at Samsung’s Gear S2. This new smartwatch was announced just last month during IFA 2015 and has been the talk of the town lately. We took a first look at it not too long ago and compared it with one of the other top smartwatches on the market, but it’s finally available to purchase. Either way, the Gear S2 is shaping up to be one of the top dogs in smartwatches thanks to some of its unique features — which surprisingly have nothing to do with Android Wear. Yep… this little guy is running Tizen and for the first time, I absolutely love it…

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ASUS ZenWatch 2 now available from Google Store

Asus’ ZenWatch 2 is easily one of this year’s best value Android Wear smartwatches. With prices starting at just $149, it’s about half the price of the other Android wearables launched in 2015. Now, it’s available to order from the Google Store.

As is customary these days with new smartwatches, there are two sizes of ZenWatch 2. The 45mm and 49mm versions sport slightly different specs, with the smaller model featuring a 280 x 280 resolution screen, 300mAh battery and support for standard 18mm watch bands. The larger watch supports 22mm bands, has a 400mAh battery and a 320 x 320 display. Both have 4GB storage, 512MB RAM and the same Qualcomm processor, IP67 water resistance, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.

If you order the 49mm model from Google, the predicted shipment timeframe is 1-2 business days, while the 45mm model just says ‘coming soon’. If you want to save a little cash, NewEgg is offering pre-orders for the ZenWatch 2 for $129 and $149 for the rubber and leather-strapped models respectively.

If the ZenWatch 2 isn’t your style at all, and you’re on a tight budget, there are a bunch of last year’s Android Wear watches available at similar prices.

SmartWatch Stories October 2, 2015

moto e

Motorola said earlier this year at the launch of the 2nd generation Moto E that the phone would get at least some number of software updates after purchase. But today, with the company’s announcement of the phones that would be getting Android Marshmallow, there was one device curiously missing: The new Moto E… expand full story


Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch — and its brother, the Gear S2 Classic — are undeniably cool entries into the wearables space. And as we reported would be the case a couple of weeks ago, they both have now launched in the US. You can grab the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic from a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and more… expand full story


There’s really not a lot to say about this year’s Moto 360. It’s an Android Wear smartwatch, so there’s really not much different here over similar devices we’re seen over the last year or so as far as software goes. The real discussion with the 2nd gen Moto 360 is the design. What we have now is an evolved and matured version, but with one unfortunate similarity when compared to the first generation: that flat tire.

Like many, I was hoping that Motorola would eliminate this aspect altogether, but that didn’t happen. If you can look past the flat tire, which ultimately adds to some of the functionality here, there’s a lot to love about the Moto 360…

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