LG G Watch to go on sale in the UK before July for less than 180 GBP

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LG unveiled G Watch, the company’s first Android Wear-powered Smartwatch last month and promised that it would launch it in the second quarter of 2014. LG has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the LG G Watch would be available in UK before July and for less than 180 GBP (Rs. 18,090 approx). Continue reading “LG G Watch to go on sale in the UK before July for less than 180 GBP”

Sony says no to Android Wear for now, will stick to its custom OS

Sony was one among the first of the electronics giant to jump into the smart watch category and it has so far launched a couple of smart watches. Until now, both the products haven’t really made it to the larger crowd. Sony SmartWatch does not use Android as its OS, but works with Android smartphones.

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Pebble sold 400,000 smartwatches in 2013, could get twice the revenue in 2014

Pebble is definitely the one of the first companies to get the concept of smartwatch right, atleast for now. Pebble, originally started as a KickStarter project and then with its huge popularity, Pebble managed to become a smartwatch company. In 2014, they announced the second generation Pebble smartwach. The main difference between the first and second generation was the strap.

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Pocket shows off how you can save articles from your smartwatch

Pocket, formerly known as “Read it Later”, is one of very common apps that I use to save articles from the web or anywhere. I have been an early adopter and have used the service right from the start and just love it. It basically allows you to save anything that you might want to read later. You can access your saved articles on the web, on various smartphones, tablets and across desktop platforms.

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LG’s G Watch will be Google’s first “Nexus” Smartwatch, powered by Android Wear

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Close on the heels of the announcements from Google for Android Wear and Motorola’s Moto 360 Smartwatch, LG has announced that it will actually be making the first smartwatch powered by the new wearables platform. The LG G watch, as it is called, will be the first smartwatch to release to the market, powered by Google’s Android Wear platform. LG and Google have apparently worked on this device together, right from design, just like a Nexus product. The details of the LG G watch have not been revealed yet, but the availability is set to the second quarter of 2014.

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Motorola announces Moto 360, the first circular smartwatch powered by Android Wear

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Right after Google announced that Android is coming to wearables with Android Wear, Motorola has brought itself to the fore of this new Android Wear ecosystem by announcing its first Smartwatch – the Moto 360. As you might have guessed from the name, the Moto 360 has a circular display, which is a first for smartwatches. Android Wear marks an interesting development in the smartphone, although this has been rumoured for quite a while now. Powered by Google Now as its main contextual engine, Android Wear enables wearables like the Moto 360 to take at-a-glance information to the next level.

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Samsung makes Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo available starting today

Samsung announced the successor of their original Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the MWC 2014 earlier this year – Gear 2. Samsung ditched Andriod for Tizen as a platform for their smartwatch and introduced two variants – Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Samsung has made available the Tizen SDK for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo for developers and they can access it from https://developer.tizen.org/.

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Samsung announces Gear Fit, a fitness band to help you be fit

At the MWC 2014 Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona, Samsung has just announced the company’s latest flagship – Samsung Galaxy S5 and alongside the not so impressive Galaxy S5, it has also unveiled its fitness band – Gear Fit in addition to the already existing two smartwatches – Gear 2 and Gear Neo.

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Huawei announces TalkBand B1, ‘Talk and Track’ Companion

Huawei is announcing a lot of products at the MWC 2014 event and one among them is the new and innovative Huawei TalkBand B1. Huawei’s TalkBand B1 is a smart watch that comes with a flexible display and comes with wireless calling facilities. Before the official launch, popular Twitter account @evleaks had tweeted about a possible smartwatch from Huawei and here it is.

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Huawei’s HTC One Lookalike and Smartwatch Leaked Ahead of Launch

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If you’re thinking that the phone in the photo above is a HTC device then you are probably wrong. According to the source, it is actually a device made by Huawei.

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HTC rumored to be in talks with carriers for a Smartwatch

HTC”s sales are slumping and profits dropping and things are not looking good for the once very successful Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer. Amid this declining trend, HTC is rumored to be trying its hand at the yet to prosper wearable technology market and is reportedly in talks with carriers to show them a smartwatch that it has been developing.

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Pebble’s app store lands on iOS with over 1000 apps, Android gets a developer beta

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Pebble, the company responsible for the uber popular Smartwatch that goes by the same name, recently unveiled its new hardware, the Pebble Steel Smartwatch and along with it came the announcement of the first ever app store for Smartwatches. Yes, Pebble has its own app store now, consisting of a whole lot of Watchfaces and native apps that work standalone, like mini games or work with the phone over Bluetooth and can even access the internet now. One of the many changes that Pebble did with its ecosystem was opening a mature version of its SDK to many developers, making it easier to program for the Smartwatch. We think the app store is a natural progression of that announcement. The store resides inside Pebble’s own smartwatch app in iOS as well as Android, but the latter is only available for developers and is in beta, with consumer availability stated as coming soon.

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Pebble Smartwatch gets its own App Store with curated apps and watch faces

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Fresh off the announcement of Pebble Steel, the smartwatch company also announced its own App Store for its Smartwatches. Called the Pebble App Store, the repository of apps and watch faces with curated lists will reside inside the official Pebble apps for iOS and Android, according to the company. This move has been expected to happen for some time now, especially with the growing popularity of the Smartwatch and the homebrew developer support it gathered in the initial months of launch. If numbers are anything to go by, about 300,000 Pebbles have been sold so far and software bits like apps and watch faces for the Pebble have been already downloaded over 3 million times through third party curated app stores like MyPebbleFaces.com, which is arguably the most popular, for now. That’s definitely going to change with the introduction of the Pebble App Store, and more over, with the introduction of SDK 2.0, developers can now do more with the Pebble and the new App Store will be having that as the base minimum requirement for apps.

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Pebble Smartwatch goes premium with Pebble Steel, it’s thin and comes in two colour variants

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Exactly one year back, the Pebble was showcased to the public for the first time. It was truly one of the first “Smart”watches at that point in time but now we are in the middle of a revolution, where suddenly everyone wants to make one before giants like Apple make a splash into the hot wearables market. But Pebble has been playing it cool. With a comfortable lead in mind share, the company started to expand from its Kickstarter roots and then updated its smartwatch’s software with a new SDK, support for iOS 7 notifications and more. Initially introduced as a sporty colourful watch, one of the major complaints from many users(including us) was that it looked like a toy and the build quality was rather cheap.

Well, Pebble has a solution for it this year at CES 2014, in the form of the all new Pebble Steel, their new stainless steel chassis for the same good old innards. It has the same e-ink display, the same battery and the lot but it’s now thinner, has a stainless steel frame and is protected by clear Corning Gorilla Glass. Watch it in action in this promo video here –

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Pebble Smartwatch gets an update, adds Do not Disturb, Multiple alarms with Snooze and more

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Pebble, the popular E-ink Smartwatch just recently got updated to support all iOS notifications and the new 2.0 SDK. But as an early Christmas present, the company has released another Firmware update(v1.14) for the Smartwatch that enables several new must-have features like Multiple Alarms with Snooze, Do not Disturb mode and improved notification control. We have been using this smartwatch for a while, and we must say, these additions were much needed and we are happy to see a small(but growing) company like Pebble deliver. The company, largely known as a Kickstarter success story, is on a path of refining the software for the Smartwatch, and the recent updates show that they are serious. With SDK 2.0 release, Pebble promised more app integration from the like of Foursquare and Runkeeper. While we are still waiting on that, it’s good to see more features added to it in the meantime.

You can update your Pebble by just connecting it to your phone and opening the app. The app will do the rest.

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