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.

Android Wear features can now arrive via Google Play for more timely improvements

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Google was over and done with Android Wear, given the dearth of smartwatch news at its recent product launch event — not to mention the Android Wear section’s subsequent removal from the Google Store. However, Google has still been working on the platform lately …

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Google Store wipes Android Wear watches clean out of the site

With the Apple Watch Series 3 making the most waves in the smartwatch space right now and an ecosystem otherwise suffering for some identity, Android …

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5 reasons it's worth buying an Android Wear watch right now

Android Wear is more awesome than ever, and now is definitely the time to buy.<p>Android Wear is the software that powers an increasing number of …

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Review: First Impressions

Be it swimming, spinning, running, yoga, mountain biking or circuit training, the stunning setting of Cala Mondrago in the Spanish Island Mallorca couldn’t be a more perfect location to test Fitbit’s much anticipated smartwatch, the Ionic.<p>Weeks before its official launch, I put the smartwatch …

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Friday 5: Awesome Apple Watch apps to try this weekend [Video]

My hands-on look at the Apple Watch Series 3 is still forthcoming, but I have to say that I’ve been extremely impressed by the potential and speed of this device. The Series 3 is, in my opinion, what the original Apple Watch aspired to be. The hardware has not only increased in efficiency and …

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Texting problems on Apple Watch 3? Here's what's going on

The Apple Watch Series 3 includes cellular connectivity, but SMS messages are not treated the same way as phone calls and iMessages. Here's what you need to know.<p>The big new feature on the Apple Watch Series 3 is its ability to live on a cellular LTE network, free from both Wi-Fi networks and the …

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A solar-powered smartwatch seems like a good idea — if it works

Battery life on smartwatches is, in a word, bad. And while most of today’s watches can more or less make it through a day without dying, they’re still a far cry from the months or even years that traditional watches can run for.<p>What if you never had to charge your smartwatch? That’s the promise of …

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watchOS 4: How to customize and use the new Siri face on Apple Watch

watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need …

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Verizon Wear24 Smartwatch Has Been Discontinued

The Verizon Wear24 smartwatch was launched back in May. The device came with Google’s Android Wear OS and the smartwatch retailed for $350 or $300 …

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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 3

Thanks to the weekend, I’ve been using some extra time to test out the new Apple Watch and use it in situations that I might normally not try out if left to my own devices. So far, so good, as my battery life and connectivity have performed as good or better than expected.<p><b>The Screen</b><p>If you have …

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Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch goes on sale on October 1st for $300

Alongside the Fitbit Flyer headphones<p>Fitbit announced today that it will be launching the Ionic — the company’s first true smartwatch — on October 1st for $299.95. Also set to launch that day is the company’s first foray into the headphone market, the Fitbit Flyer, for $129.95.<p>The Ionic was …

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Apple Watch Series 3 Initial Thoughts

Like all of the other early risers who wanted to be sure to get their Apple Watch Series 3 orders in, I got my Apple Watches today. I got both the Black Sport with the new Sport Loop band, and the Gold Sport with the Pink Sand Sport Band. I actually meant to order the Gold model with its …

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Reviewers say the new Apple Watch is pretty bad

The first reviews for Apple's new Apple Watch are out, and the verdict isn't good.<p>The new $399 Apple Watch Series 3, which goes on sale Friday, is the first Apple Watch that can work without being tethered to the iPhone, thanks to an LTE connection from your wireless carrier. It's the one feature …

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Apple’s watchOS 4 Software Update Released (Video)

As well as the new iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad, Apple also released their new watchOS 4 for the Apple Watch.<p>The new watchOS 4 brings a wide range …

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24 hours with Fitbit’s first smartwatch

The holiday season is almost upon us, but as you fantasize about the mouthwatering delicacies you're going to put in your bellies, some of you may already be getting ready to shed a few pounds. A new and improved crop of fitness-centric smartwatches will be arriving soon to make staying in shape …

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Fitbit still hasn’t cracked the smartwatch code

Struggling with a sputtering wearables market, plummeting stock pricing and increased competition on the low-end of the market, Fitbit threw a Hail Mary. It vacuumed up a trio of startups and got to work in earnest on one smartwatch to rule them all.<p>By the time the Ionic was announced last month, …

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T-Mobile backtracks: Apple Watch Series 3 will now get LTE speeds

Good news for T-Mobile customers planning on getting the new Apple Watch Series 3: less than a day after revealing that the new LTE-enabled …

New Apple Watch will not work with EU roaming

The new Apple Watch will not be able to connect to mobile networks when abroad, it has emerged.<p>The key feature of Apple’s Series 3 smartwatch, which was unveiled last week, is an independent 4G modem that allows owners to receive phone calls and text messages, and stream music, when they do not …

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First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K Orders Begin Shipping

If you ordered an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, or Apple TV 4K on Friday, your device could already be on its way!<p>Screenshot via …

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You need this smart watch if you’re always the cold one in the office

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>There are two groups in any office: team "we …

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New Apple Watch Ad Creatively Rolled Through The Emmys

<b>What:</b> A new Apple Watch ad that debuted during The Emmy Awards.<p><b>Who:</b> Apple<p><b>Why we care:</b> I took a bit of a swipe at Apple advertising last week, equating it’s Watch ad one with a really good insurance spot. But here the brand is back to its usual self, using acrobatic skateboarding to illustrate the …

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Apple Pay Cash Coming in Future Update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4

Apple today confirmed that Apple Pay Cash will be released as part of a future update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4.<p>Coming this fall <b>with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4</b>, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family quickly, easily and securely. Pay and get paid right …

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Finally, there's a smartwatch that actually looks like a watch

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>Wearables: a good idea once upon a time, but …

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Upgrading to Apple Watch Series 3 Is a No-Brainer

Apple takes its wearable game up a big notch by adding an LTE modem to Apple Watch.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

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How to Change the Color of Apple Watch Series 3's Red Digital Crown

While the new Apple Watch Series 3 looks virtually identical to Series 2, the cellular models feature a red Digital Crown.<p>Fortunately, for those who plan on upgrading but don't like the color choice, it can easily be changed with WatchDots.<p>WatchDots are tiny, vinyl stickers that cover the Digital …

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It might finally be time to buy an Apple Watch

New Apple product categories often take a few iterations to begin to realize their potential and for users to figure out just what they’re good for. But even more than the original iPhone or iPad, the first Apple Watch felt like a prototype or proof of concept as opposed to a polished, practical …

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Apple Watch Series 3 hands-on: The war for your wrist goes wireless

You didn't think this show was just about iPhones, did you? Apple also pulled back the curtain on its 3rd-generation Apple Watch, which is... well, exactly what we expected. The physical differences between this thing and earlier models aren't much to write home about, aside from the nifty red dot …

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What It's Like to Use Apple's New Cellular Watch

When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3 on Tuesday, it took a critical step toward making its smartwatch more than just an iPhone companion. The …