Smart Watch News & Reviews

By Vernon Niven | The best smart watches you can buy today plus a few on the way. Apple Watch, Pebble, Samsung Gear, Sony, LG, Moto 360 and more.

Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos …

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Samsung finally has an LTE model of the Gear S3 Classic

If you're in the market for a new wearable with a retro look, Samsung today announced that its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch is getting 4G LTE connectivity. The original Classic lacked this feature, opting for WiFi instead. S3 fans had to go with the Frontier version if they wanted LTE.<p>Gallery: The …

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A tale of two smartwatch Kickstarters

Should we add smarts to a mechanical watch, or add mechanical parts to a smartwatch?<p>Should a hybrid smartwatch take modern tech back in time or bring legacy timekeeping mechanisms to today’s digital watches? Two new smartwatches hit Kickstarter this morning, peddling radically different visions of …

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Fashion brand Guess is launching a Snapdragon-powered Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

Fashion brand Guess is launching an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch successor to its original Guess Connect.<p>The device is launching in eight styles, five of which are intended for men (44 mm) and three of which are targeted at women (41 mm), and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. …

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Fossil's smartwatches start receiving Android Wear 2.0

Fossil may have been a bit late to introducing Android Wear watches, but it's one of the fastest out of the gate with the Android Wear 2.0 upgrade. The fashion brand has started rolling out Google's latest software to its Q Founder, Q Marshal and Q Wander watches as of today. There are no surprises …

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45: Yes, $1,600 Android smartwatches are still a thing

TAG Heuer is upping the premium smartwatch game with a new high-end Android Wear watch. The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a versatile luxury smartwatch that is even more expensive than the original.<p>With a starting price of $1,600, the all-metal watch is more than four times the price of the …

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This bracelet for long-distance relationships lets you ‘touch’ your partner when they’re miles away

<b>Long distance relationships aren’t easy.</b><p>Most of the time, life goes on. You can make do with messaging sweet nothings on Whatsapp and getting jiggy …

This smart watch is actually a Raspberry Pi computer running Windows 98

Running Windows 98 from your browser is pretty rad, but did you know you can boot the legendary operation system straight from your self-made smart watch? One recreational inventor has managed to do precisely that and now you can too – all you need is a Raspberry Pi.<p>Giving in to his sense of …

Raspberry Pi

Real watch hands on a smartwatch face actually makes sense

One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches today is that they don't always display the time, since their screens go to sleep after a while. Several companies have tried to alleviate the issue by offering always-on displays, but that comes at the expense of battery life. Swiss startup MyKronoz …

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‘All’ Fossil Q devices get Android Wear 2.0 next month, Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3 in early Q2

Google had seemingly encouraging news to share for owners of many Android Wear oldies upon finally releasing the platform’s 2.0 update, alongside the …

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Rethinking wearable computing

Bring up the topic of wearables these days, and you’re likely to see rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, and a general sense of “whatever.” The problem, …

TAG Heuer Connected Modular smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0 could land in March after all

While Tag Heuer doesn’t have a lot of competition in the small, profit margin-driven luxury smartwatch field, the Swiss fashion designer still …

The very first Apple Watch Series 3 details may have just leaked

The Apple Watch Series 2 was a modest but welcome improvement over the original Apple wearable, but with stiff competition from Samsung and LG, it’s …

Apple Watch Series 3 to Feature New Touchscreen Panel Due to Supply Yield Issues

Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 will feature a new type of touchscreen, according to a supply chain report.<p>Due to cost and supply chain issues, …

All the big Android announcements we expect to see at Mobile World Congress 2017

Barcelona’s famous fair, the Mobile World Congress, is just around the corner. As always, (almost) all the big names in mobile will join the party to show the latest and greatest coming out of their R&D. And while Samsung’s absence may represent a hit for the general vibe of the coming days, there …

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Unboxing the LG Watch Style

Google recently launched, after a bit of a delay, Android Wear 2.0. In conjunction with the launch of the next generation of their smartwatch …

Google is finally taking fitness seriously with Android Wear 2.0

It won't replace a Fitbit, but there is still a lot it does well.<p>Google's Android Wear 2.0 watch platform is the company's biggest shot yet at jumping into the fitness tracking world dominated by companies like Fitbit. Is it there yet? Not quite.<p>The company's revamped smartwatch operating system …

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How to use Android Pay on your Android Wear smartwatch

The payment system only works for NFC-enabled devices.<p>Android Pay can now be used on select Android Wear smartwatches post Google's rollout of the …

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11 new things you can do with your Android Wear smartwatch

Google's new approach to wearables is full of new features and tweaks. Here's what you need to know.<p>If you have one of the Android Wear watches set to receive Android Wear 2.0 (full list in link) over the next few weeks, you're in for a treat. For those who pick up the new LG Watch Sport or LG …

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Android Wear 2.0 uses offline AI for its smart replies

One of the new features on Android Wear 2.0 is Smart Reply, which suggests responses to messages that you can quickly tap if you're busy doing something else. In its research blog, Google explained that the feature uses on-device machine intelligence, so it works even if you don't have an internet …

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LG Watch Sport vs. Samsung Gear S3

LG has two new smartwatches that mark the arrival of the long-delayed Android Wear 2.0. Let's see how the more powerful of the two, the LG Watch …

The smartwatch is dead, long live the smart watch

Gaming, fitness, stylish smart watches<p>The smartwatch, an everything-plus-the-bathroom-sink approach to packing technology into something you wear on your wrist, is dying.<p>Fortunately, something much better is coming in its place: the smart watch.<p>Typically, one would refer to this as a natural …

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LG’s Watch Style and Sport are the first two Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

After months of waiting, Android Wear 2.0 is finally upon us. And it’s arrived with two ambassadors in tow – both designed by LG. The Watch Style and Sport are two sides of the same coin, separated my $100, a handful of key features and a significant chunk of wrist real estate.<p>The Style is the more …

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The 6 best new features of Android Wear 2.0

Smartwatches have had a rough go of it in their relatively short lives thus far. Sure, the Apple Watch sold well enough that people don’t consider it …

LG Watch Sport band contains antennas, can't be replaced

The LG Watch Sport has a ton of features like NFC, GPS, LTE, a heartrate sensor, a barometer, and more. All of these features require space and …

LG Watch Sport: First impressions of the most feature-packed Android Wear device yet

Article Contents<p>1 The LG Watch 'Sport'<p>2 Design<p>2.1 Colors, material, and overall look<br>• 2.2 Crown and buttons<p>3 Battery<p>4 Android Wear 2.0<p>5 Final …

Android Wear 2.0 lands with two enticing LG-made models

Today, Google announced the launch of Android Wear 2.0 – the latest update to Mountain View’s flagship smartwatch platform. Accompanying it are two tantalizing LG models, which will be available later this week. We’ll get to those later on.<p>First, let’s talk about the software. Android Wear 2.0 has …

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Target is having a big sale on eight different Apple Watch models

Opinions are still divided when it comes to the future of wearables. Market research companies take every opportunity they can to draw linear growth …

The best Apple Watch alternatives

With its rounded rectangle build, multifaceted interface, iOS exclusivity and an aesthetic that's more "smart" than traditional watch, the Apple …