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How to Buy a Good Smartwatch if You're Not into Apple How to Buy a Good Smartwatch if You're Not into Apple

If you carry around an iPhone as your smartphone of choice then the Apple Watch is hands-down the best option for a smartwatch, for the seamless integration if nothing else. But what about the rest of us? You’ve got more options than you might realize for a companion wearable, and we’re going to get into the pros and…

An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track An Empowered Assistant Is How Wear OS Could Get Back on Track

When Google changed the name of its smartwatch OS from Android Wear to Wear OS, I was pissed. Not because the name sucked, as Wear OS does do a better job of reflecting the platform’s support for both Android and iOS devices. The problem was that the rebranding didn’t come with any new features or updates that…

The World's First Working Projector Smartwatch Turns Your Arm Into a Big Touchscreen

Some smartwatches come with powerful processors, lots of storage, and robust software, but have limited capabilities compared to smartphones thanks to their tiny touchscreens. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and ASU Tech, however, have now created a smartwatch prototype with a built-in projector that turns…

Garmin Made a Great Smartwatch for People Who Hate Wearing a Smartwatch Garmin Made a Great Smartwatch for People Who Hate Wearing a Smartwatch

There’s no better example of the war between form and function than smartwatch design. There are boxy, bulging, touchscreen wearables that do almost everything your smartphone can, and there are sleeker analog alternatives that maybe keep track of how many calories you’ve burned. With the latest version of the …

The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch

“That’s a nice watch,” said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company’s third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The $200 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness…

I’ll Get Excited About Hublot’s New Smartwatch When Jay Z Actually Wears It I’ll Get Excited About Hublot’s New Smartwatch When Jay Z Actually Wears It

“New watch alert: Hublot.” The timepiece maker made famous by rapper and Tidal owner Jay Z in a shout-out on his track “Otis,” is releasing a smartwatch powered by Google’s Wear OS. It’s called Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Cute name. Call me when Hov puts one on.

Google's Smartwatch Program Is a Mess, and a Name Change Won't Fix That Google's Smartwatch Program Is a Mess, and a Name Change Won't Fix That

Yesterday, Google announced it would rename its four-year-old smartwatch operating system from Android Wear to Wear OS. Ostensibly, the purpose of this rebranding is to prevent scaring off iPhone owners from purchasing smartwatches running Android Wear, which for a long time has supported pairing with both Android…

Fitbit Did What You Wanted and Basically Made a Pebble Fitbit Did What You Wanted and Basically Made a Pebble

I haven’t asked for a lot from Fitbit over the years. Really only one thing. I would like another Pebble—a gorgeous smartwatch that lasts for days, has a healthy selection of apps, and isn’t sized to fit the wrist of a seven foot tall, 300-pound football player. Finally, I think, Fitbit might be giving me what I…

New Leak Suggests Fitbit's Next Smart Watch Will Actually Be Attractive [Updated]

Fitbit may make some of the best, and easiest to use fitness trackers out there, but when it comes to smartwatches the company makes big bold eye sores. However, according to images acquired by Wareable, the next Fitbit smartwatch, expected early this year, could be.... not ugly?

Fitbit Is Killing Off Pebble in June, For Real This Time Fitbit Is Killing Off Pebble in June, For Real This Time

What began as one of the original Kickstarter success stories, Pebble quickly matured into one of the most beloved smartwatch brands, years before Apple found its groove with the Watch. But after being bought out by Fitbit, it was only a matter of time before Pebble’s endeavors came to an end.

This Smartwatch Is Powered by Body Heat, and That's Cool as Hell [Updated] This Smartwatch Is Powered by Body Heat, and That's Cool as Hell [Updated]

What if, instead of frantically trying to find a power outlet when your smartphone is about to die, you simply had to hold it in your hand and scroll through Instagram for a while? That’s the future the Matrix PowerWatch teases, because it’s able to charge itself using nothing but the warmth of your body.…

Samsung’s Gear Sport Is Easier to Use Than the Apple Watch, But Where Are My Damn Apps? Samsung’s Gear Sport Is Easier to Use Than the Apple Watch, But Where Are My Damn Apps?

The Apple Watch might be the most popular smartwatch, but its controls and interface don’t hold a candle to what you get on Samsung’s watches. The problem is that because Samsung has been trying to start its own watch ecosystem with Tizen OS, its watches never received the rabid support that Apple’s got from day one.…

The Apple Watch Is Good Now The Apple Watch Is Good Now

The Apple Watch Series 3 is crazy expensive for a smartwatch—$100 more than its closest competitors. Many of the third party apps are still slow enough to drive sane people to the brink. It also only lasts a day on a charge. I should hate this watch and everything it stands for, but after three weeks of wearing it,…

What the Heck Is Google's Plan for Android Wear? What the Heck Is Google's Plan for Android Wear?

Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You’ll see beautiful photos of every product announced yesterday, and if you click on the links you can buy any of the items made by Google (including last year’s Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and…

I Hate Almost Everything About Fitbit's New Watch—But There Is One Thing I Love I Hate Almost Everything About Fitbit's New Watch—But There Is One Thing I Love

The “Your Fitbit Ionic is running low on battery” notification arrived on my phone and in my inbox at the same time around one yesterday afternoon, suggesting I take a moment to charge my smartwatch. Instead, I went to a couple of meetings, took the train home, went for a brisk walk with the dog, and made dinner.…

The New Apple Watch Is Basically Also a Smartphone The New Apple Watch Is Basically Also a Smartphone

It might look the same, but the latest smartwatch from Apple sounds like it will be a lot more powerful. Today, at an event held in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater on the soon-to-open Apple Campus, Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Apple, showed off the Apple Watch Series 3, which features a new processor…

You Can Finally Hide Your Addiction to Smartwatches You Can Finally Hide Your Addiction to Smartwatches

Despite attempts by companies like Apple and Fossil to improve their looks, no one really wears a smartwatch as a fashion accessory. Devotees of connected timepieces wear them as either a genuine devotion to fitness, or an unhealthy addiction to notifications. But Garmin’s new vívomove HR looks like like a classic…

This Smartwatch Has a Genius Reason for Existing This Smartwatch Has a Genius Reason for Existing

Movado makes nice watches. On the scale of Walmart special to “oh god what happened to my bank account,” its watches are priced firmly in the middle. They’re fashionable and can last for decades, but they also don’t cost the same as half a year’s rent. Movado is also known for design. It’s most famous watch—the Museum…

Fitbit Is Reportedly Making Another Ugly Smartwatch Fitbit Is Reportedly Making Another Ugly Smartwatch

Last year, Fitbit inflicted upon us, the public at large, the ugliest smartwatch from a company that should know better. The Fitbit Blaze had great battery life and... that was it. Then, late last year, Fitbit acquired a lot of tech and assets from Pebble, the lauded smartwatch company that found itself murdered by…

You Can Turn Your Apple Watch Into a Game Boy That Sucks

Like many people who dropped hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch, Gabriel O’Flaherty-Chan was disappointed at how little his pricey wearable could actually do. Instead of complaining about it online like most of us, he decided to solve the problem himself by writing a Game Boy emulator capable of playing Pokemon…

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