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.

Two years on, the original Huawei Watch is still one of the best Android wearables

If you don't want LTE — and let's be honest, you don't want LTE — Huawei's original Android watch remains a fantastic option.<p>Android Wear is kind of …

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Nokia rebrands all Withings products a year after acquisition

Nokia has rebranded all Withings products and will be retiring the brand, a year after acquiring the French health-tech company for $191 million.<p>The three wearables, Go, Steel, and Steel HR, will remain part of Nokia’s portfolio. Go is a simple E-Ink activity and sleep tracker with one year charge, …

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Apple Seeds Second Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over two weeks after its introduction at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.<p>Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded …

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Apple Watch watchOS 4: Toy Story To Apple Pay, The 8 Best Bits. Should You Upgrade?

The Apple Watch software arguably changes more radically than other Apple gadgets, and this fall’s watchOS 4 update looks like being the biggest leap forward yet. Here’s a detailed first look at the changes.<p><i>1 Watch Faces</i><p>The new Siri Watch face proactively provides information it thinks you might …

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Study: A smartwatch app can detect the heart condition hiding in millions of Americans

Most people think of fitness wearables as step counters, or maybe sleep trackers. But it turns out that strapping on a gadget that continuously …

What’s new in watchOS 4? Hands-on with 50+ features and changes

As we did with the beta release of iOS 11, we’ve taken some time to walk through many of the new features and changes found in watchOS 4. While the Apple Watch software isn’t busting at the seams with new features like iOS 11, there are still quite a few new goodies and changes to be found. In this …

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Sony’s new E Ink watch goes on sale in Japan today

Sony has a new version of the FES Watch, its E Ink watch that can display a variety of faces and band designs at the touch of a button. The FES Watch U adds a metal bezel to the original’s minimalist design, which may or may not to be your taste — it kind of isn’t to mine, though the product does …

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Samsung’s Gear S3 Frontier and Classic are now available from Verizon Wireless

Android Wear is a powerful platform for smartwatches, but I, along with a lot of others apparently, have recently moved to Samsung’s Tizen on the Gear S3 family — and it’s fantastic. The combination of hardware and software on these devices is excellent, and starting today, Verizon Wireless …

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With WatchOS 4, The Apple Watch Might Finally Free Us From Our Phones

Apple’s upcoming smartwatch software will allow for faster, smarter, and less iPhone-dependent apps.<p>The Apple Watch was supposed to be more than just a fancy fitness tracker with fashionable wrist straps when it launched in 2015. As Apple executives explained at the time, this device was supposed …

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Apple WatchOS 4 preview in pics

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Apple introduces iOS 11

iOS 11 was the least surprising announcement of WWDC. Apple has announced new versions of its mobile operating system at its developer conference for years. While the final version of iOS 11 won’t be available until September, here’s what Apple has in store for you with iOS 11.<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook …

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Apple Watch gets new Pride band and more

June is Pride Month and Apple has issued a rainbow woven nylon watch band for Apple Watch wearers to express pride or show support for the LGBT community.<p>The band, which comes in both 38 and 42 mm, is part of a new line of summer bands Apple quietly released on a day the bands were overshadowed by …

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Apple WWDC 2017: What to expect

A decade ago, the late Steve Jobs stood and sat at a desk on stage at Apple’s 2007 Worldwide Developer’s Conference for an hour and a half, master of ceremonies for the unveiling of OS X Leopard and, most importantly, the first glimpse of iPhone OS 1.<p>No one could have envisioned what would happen …

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watchOS 4 Wish List: 7 features we’d love to see

Apple’s WWDC event is less than a week a way, where it is expected to release big upgrades to its family of operating systems. The youngest Apple platform, watchOS, got some serious improvements in watchOS 3. With the fourth interaction, Apple is expected to squash some of the biggest problems …

iOS

Huawei's prettier Watch 2 Classic is now on sale for $370

The Huawei Watch was one of the most attractive Android Wear watches last generation, so when Huawei unveiled the Watch 2, some users were disappointed Huawei had opted to transition into a more sporty aesthetic. Fret no more: The Huawei Watch 2 Classic – in fancy metal and leather – is now …

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Android Wear 2.0 getting out to Moto 360 (2015) now, Moto 360 Sport later

The support team for Motorola has announced that the Android Wear 2.0 update is headed out to the Moto 360 2nd Gen starting from today.<p>The missive …

Ticwatch 2: an impressive and affordable smartwatch just got more affordable

Smartwatches <b>divide opinion</b>, and it’s no surprise why. Some of you might feel reluctant to fork out <b>$300+</b> on a device which has no more functionality than the phone in your pocket.<p>But if you’re a bit of a tech-head, they’re a <b>pretty cool gadget</b> to add to your collection. If you’re in the market for a …

Forget OLED – Apple's reportedly already working on the next generation of display tech

Apple is probably embracing a brand new display for the next version of the iPhone – but even before the switch is officially made, the company could be experimenting with the next generation of display tech.<p>The most consistent rumor about the upcoming iPhone 8 is that Apple will shift from LCD …

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Apple Said to Aim for Trial Production of Micro-LED Displays by End of 2017

A new report posted by <i>DigiTimes</i> today has taken a look into the micro-LED ambitions of multiple companies, including the timeline by which Apple might begin its trial production of micro-LED displays. Although it's yet to be confirmed, Apple is likely to use such display technology on a version of …

Asus ZenWatch 3, First Take: Stylish and affordable, but missing some key features Review

Asus is now a veteran of the smartwatch market, with 2015's ZenWatch 2 being judged a "highly capable, stylish and affordable Android Wear device". …

Does Android Wear Have a Future?

Long delayed and increasingly restricted, Android Wear has an uncertain future.<p>I remember the precise moment I understood smartwatches. I had been …

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Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review: Form over function – and that's just fine

We review the second-generation Tag Heuer Connected, an Android Wear smartwatch priced from £1,450.<p>Smartwatches are difficult to make sense of. At …

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[Update: Nope, ASUS messed up] Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the ZenWatch 3

• Update 1: 2017/05/17 9:12am PDT Someone at ASUS goofed up, and the ZenWatch 3 update hasn't actually started. The company is targeting the end of May …

Here’s what watchOS 4 could learn from the original Apple Watch OS

Apple will likely unveil watchOS 4 at WWDC next month which should bring new features and improvements to the Apple Watch. I recently got my hands on an Apple Watch with the original Watch OS software which includes a few things I hope return with watchOS 4…<p>The first thing is something I mentioned …

Apple Watch Series 3: What You Need To Know About The Next-Gen Smartwatch

The Apple Watch is selling at a record rate. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the Cupertino company’s latest earnings call that Watch sales had almost doubled, year-over-year, and that Apple’s wearables business was the size of a Fortune 500 company.<p>But while the Series 2 model is selling like …

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Google announces new developer tools for watch face complications and wearable UI design

Google changed a lot about how Android Wear works in the 2.0 update. So much, in fact, it had to push back the release by several months. At I/O …

With the possibility of Apple Watch ‘smart straps,’ which interests you most? [Poll]

The idea of a ‘smart straps’ platform for Apple Watch has been floating around for a while now. It’s something that other smartwatch makers have done and Apple itself has explored in patents. And this month there have been a few hints that make the prospect of smart bands a little more exciting …

How to turn your Apple Watch into a sleep-tracker

A Fitbit can track your sleep, so why not Apple's smartwatch? Turns out it can. Here's how to make it happen.<p>I'm tired a lot these days, and during my last physical, my doctor asked if I was getting enough sleep. Why, of course I'm getting enough... hmm, wait a second, am I?<p>There's a related …

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New Apple Watch To Come With Glucose Monitoring And More

We are expecting to see the new Apple Watch some time this year and according to a recent report from the BGR’s Jonathan Geller, Apple will include …