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Pebble adds Time Steel to Kickstarter, introduces smartstraps

03/03, 9:53am

Pebble Time Steel has metal body, similar specifications, larger battery

Pebble has given backers of its wildly-successful Pebble Time Kickstarter a difficult decision, by adding an alternative device to purchase. Similar to the Pebble Steel compared to the original, the Pebble Time Steel is a metal-clad version of the smartwatch, containing the majority of internal components as the updated wearable device, but with a few slight changes to match the more mature design.

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Acer reveals upgraded Liquid Leap Plus

03/01, 12:53pm

The new Leap works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Acer has introduced an updated version of its fitness tracker, now known as the Liquid Leap+. The device offers all of the typical fitness features, in a water-resistant package that retails for less than $90.

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Huawei TalkBand B2 doubles as a Bluetooth earpiece

03/01, 11:40am

The B2 brings an upscale design and new features

Huawei has introduced a new fitness tracker, the TalkBand B2, that made its debut alongside the company's new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress. Serving as a successor to the TalkBand B1, the B2 edition again doubles as a fitness wristband and a Bluetooth earpiece.

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Huawei Watch pairs traditional design with Android Wear

03/01, 10:58am

The timepiece looks like a traditional wristwatch

Huawei has introduced its flagship Android Wear device, simply known as the Watch. The company has called on traditional timepiece designers to help with industrial design. The result resembles a typical wristwatch, until the display flips from a clock face to an app interface.

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Swiss venture founded to generate smartwatch reference technology

02/28, 10:49am

Effort pairs Silicon Valley with precision watch manufacturers

Precision watch manufacturers are combining forces to combat Silicon Valley's surge into the space. Manufacture Modules Technologies (MMT) is a new Swiss joint venture formed by Fullpower Technologies of Silicon Valley and Union Horlogere Holdings. Its declared mission is to bring the MotionX Horological Smartwatch Open Platform to the Swiss watch industry.

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Briefly: Pebble SDK 3.0 preview released, Twitter security update

02/26, 10:22pm

Pebble releases preview of SDK 3.0 with color screen support

Pebble has released a new version of its smartwatch SDK, in preview. Version 3.0 is built with the Pebble Time in mind, including support for 64 colors in apps, a new animation framework, PNG and Animated PNG support, and automatic detection of which platforms the developer wants to build for when compiling. According to the company, developers looking to make apps for the new SDK will need to make relatively few changes to the application to get it to work.

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LG adds LTE to second Urbane smartwatch, removes Android Wear

02/26, 8:54am

Second LG Watch Urbane will make calls, measure heart rate

Not content with giving its Android Wear smartwatch range a facelift, LG is making a version of its recently-announced premium Watch Urbane that can be used as a standalone device. The Watch Urbane LTE has, as its name suggests, built in cellular connectivity that can let it be used to make and receive calls, all without attaching it to a smartphone.

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Pebble Time launches on Kickstarter with color screen, microphone

02/24, 11:55am

Successor to Pebble smartwatch uses new timeline interface

Pebble has unveiled its second generation of smartwatch, the Pebble Time, as a wearable device featuring an upgraded color e-paper display. Repeating what the company did for the original Pebble smartwatch, the Pebble Time is being made available through Kickstarter, with the crowdfunding campaign exceeding its goal barely after it launched.

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Briefly: Pebble announcement countdown, Google Now fuel cards

02/22, 8:50am

Pebble website counts down to possible hardware announcement

Pebble has updated its website with a countdown timer to an unknown event, with the timer set to run out on Tuesday morning. Expected to be another device announcement, sources of 9to5mac claim it will be a major update featuring a color e-paper display and a thinner case design, complete with a microphone for voice recognition and a backlight. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky has previously suggested there would be some changes to the smartwatch's software, with a new "interaction model," but the CEO kept quiet when asked about hardware changes.

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Pebble update adds Android Wear notifications support, iOS bug fixes

02/17, 6:35am

Latest update focuses on Android Wear, responses

The latest set of updates for the Pebble smartwatch include a number of major updates useful to Android users, with relatively few iOS improvements also included. The biggest changes in firmware 2.9 and the Android app relate to Android Wear, allowing the smartwatch to display notifications for apps that take advantage of Google's operating system for wearable devices.

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Briefly: Nintendo TVii canceled in Europe, Asus plans smartwatches

02/16, 6:57pm

Nintendo pulls launch of TVii service in Europe over localization issues

Nintendo has scrapped its planned TVii service in Europe, over two years after the Wii U console's launch. The service, which is available in Japan and North America, will not be heading to the continent due to the "extremely complex nature of localizing multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems," reports Eurogamer. An Anime channel for the Nintendo 3DS will still be available to view.

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LG Watch Urbane places G Watch R components in stylish body

02/16, 6:24am

Stainless steel casing used in upmarket LG Watch Urbane

LG has revealed its latest Android Wear smartwatch, ahead of other expected launches at Mobile World Congress next month. The LG Watch Urbane has a round face similar to the G Watch R, though this time LG has taken inspiration from the design of higher-end watches and encased the watch in a stylish stainless steel body, with gold and polished silver color options.

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Briefly: Sling TV opens to all, UK universities smartwatch exam ban

02/09, 6:49am

Sling TV accepting new customer registrations without an invitation

Dish Network's Sling TV has been opened up to new registrations without requiring an invitation, following its soft launch. Spotted by GigaOM, the Internet TV service provides a trial week of usage before requiring users to pay for access. While the basic package includes live access to 15 channels for $20 per month, a collection of three add-on packages containing channels relating to news and information, kids and family, and sports can all be added at $5 per extra bundle.

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Swatch will unveil own smartwatch in next few months

02/05, 5:40pm

Swatch smartwatch to never require charging, perform mobile payments.

Swatch will be revealing its first smartwatch within the next few months the company has revealed. Relatively late to market, the designer watch made a number of claims about the upcoming device, in that it will apparently not only provide some typical smartwatch functions, but in contrast to the low battery life of some recent releases, Swatch's watch will never need to be charged.

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Pebble sells 1M smartwatches, CEO hints at new hardware, software

02/03, 8:58am

Apps to become less of a focus in new Pebble software framework

Pebble has managed to sell over 1 million smartwatches to customers since its Kickstarter launch in 2012, the head of the company has confirmed. More than doubling the 400,000-unit milestone revealed in March, possibly due to a price cut in September, CEO Eric Migicovsky has revealed in an interview that the smartwatch producer is not sitting still, with more releases expected to take place this year.

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FDA publishes draft guidance for fitness trackers, smartwatches

01/20, 2:06pm

Majority of fitness trackers likely to escape FDA regulation

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking an interest in wearable devices, specifically those offering fitness tracking capabilities. Draft guidance published by the FDA concerning "Low Risk General Wellness Products" suggests the administration is looking into whether or not it needs to regulate new devices that aim to improve the health of the user.

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Bloomberg: HTC preparing wearable device for MWC launch

01/19, 6:21pm

HTC smartwatch said to share data with Under Armour fitness platform

HTC may join Samsung in launching a wearable at Mobile World Congress in March alongside a new flagship. Though lacking in detail, a report claims the smartwatch will take advantage of a partnership between HTC and Under Armour, with the wrist-based tracker connecting to the sports apparel brand's own fitness service for health and fitness tracking.

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Rumor: Round-faced smartwatch, glass-backed Galaxy S6 launching at MWC

01/19, 11:15am

Samsung allegedly adding wireless charging to rumored smartwatch

Samsung may be preparing to launch a round-faced smartwatch in March, according to rumors. The alleged launch at Mobile World Congress may take place alongside the expected next installment in the Galaxy S flagship smartphone line, with the Galaxy S6 reportedly using glass on the rear as well as the front and a metal construction.

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Briefly: Sprint gains Lumia 635, Dodo leather bands for Moto 360

01/19, 7:24am

Nokia Lumia 635 goes on sale through Sprint

Sprint has started to sell the Nokia-branded Lumia 635, the first on the network running Windows Phone 8.1. Equipped with a Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor accompanied by 512MB of RAM, a rear 5-megapixel camera, and a 4.5-inch 480x854 display, the Lumia 635 is being sold on Sprint for $7 per month over 24 months under Easy Pay, or a full price of $168.

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CES: Alcatel OneTouch Watch will work with Android, iOS devices

01/07, 7:16am

Smartwatch from Alcatel OneTouch includes heart rate monitor, USB charger in strap

The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will be shipping in March for $150, it has been revealed. The recently-launched round-faced smartwatch also uses its own software rather than Android Wear, allowing the device to work with iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 or later, as well as Android devices running version 4.3 or later of the mobile operating system.

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CES: Garmin reveals Fenix 3, Epix, Vivoactive GPS watches

01/05, 3:04pm

Three GPS watches with fitness tracking functions launched by Garmin

Garmin has unveiled three new smartwatches and wrist-based fitness devices at CES, devices meant for use with exercise and outdoor activities. The Fenix 3 is an upgrade to last year's GPS watch, while the Vivoactive is a more conventional fitness tracker, and the Epix is claimed to be the first rugged GPS watch of its kind with hands-free navigation.

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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3, Watch to be shown at CES

01/02, 1:57pm

Pixi 3 smartphone runs Windows Phone, Firefox OS, and Android

Alcatel OneTouch is preparing to show off two different types of mobile device at CES next week. The Pixi 3 are said to be a collection of smartphones capable of running three different mobile operating systems on the same hardware, while the Watch is said to be an "affordable" round-faced smartwatch at a "fraction of the cost of competitors."

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Montblanc e-Strap adds smartwatch functionality to standard watches

01/02, 10:41am

Secondary screen on Montblanc e-Strap offers smartwatch-style notifications

Watch manufacturer Montblanc has created a way to add smartwatch functionality to traditional wristwatches, by replacing the strap with one housing an extra screen. The e-Strap band introduces a secondary face to the watch on the inside of the wrist, with the extra module offering smartphone notifications via a 0.9-inch monochrome OLED display.

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Google adds Watch Face API in latest Android Wear update

12/10, 7:25pm

Developers gain new API to help create faces for Android Wear devices

The latest update to Android Wear is adding more user-personalizable options to the smartwatch software, among other improvements. Dozens of watch faces for Android Wear wearables are being made available to download, with a new Watch Face API also being introduced to make it easier for developers to create new faces.

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LG reportedly scaling back smartphone launches, registers G Pen mark

12/09, 8:19am

LG smartphone, smartwatch, stylus rumors surface before end of 2014

LG may be scaling back its smartphone launches for 2015, lowering the number of devices it will ship in the first half of the year, following similar moves by Sony and Samsung. At the same time, there is word that the South Korean electronics producer may be looking to include stylus input in a future device in a more meaningful way than before, as well as another addition to its smartwatch line.

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Second generation of Puls smartwatch could arrive in early 2015

11/28, 10:56am

Initial Puls smartwatch release said to be smaller than planned

The release of a smartwatch created by musician Will.i.am will apparently take place next month, but with a smaller release than originally thought, a report claims. A second generation of the Puls smartwatch with a few slight alterations is also touted for release, but it is believed to be heading to market early next year in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Sony reportedly working on smartwatch with e-paper screen, band

11/26, 8:53am

Rumored Sony e-paper watch to focus on style, not competing with smartwatches

Sony may be working on a smartwatch using e-paper for release next year, according to a report. Said to be part of a "venture-style approach" to product creation by Bloomberg, the electronics company is apparently making the device in preparation for a release sometime next year, though it may not offer the same level of functionality as Sony's existing smartwatch offerings.

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Pebble gains PayPal app for smartwatch transactions, payment notices

11/18, 8:17pm

Smartwatch app offers retailers code to accept PayPal payment

PayPal is filling out its roster of apps for mobile payments by smartwatch, with the launch of its first Pebble app. Available to download from the Pebble App Store, the PayPal app allows the wearer to make payments in stores directly from the watch, without needing to bring out their payment card or having to interact with the smartphone PayPal app.

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Asus ZenWatch available in Best Buy from November 9 for $199

11/07, 2:58pm

Android Wear smartwatch from Asus uses rectangular display, offers fitness functions

Asus is bringing its attempt at an Android Wear smartwatch to the United States this weekend, a report claims. Initially revealed at a pre-IFA event in September, the Asus ZenWatch will ship in the US on November 9th, with Best Buy being the first to sell the smartwatch before a wider general release via Google Play at some point afterward.

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Briefly: LG G Watch R on Google Play, Sony runs Android 5.0 on Xperias

11/07, 7:18am

LG G Watch R available to purchase on Google Play for $299

LG's G Watch R is now available to purchase from Google Play, just as the smartwatch is about to appear in stores in the United States. The Android Wear smartwatch, complete with a 1.3-inch round P-OLED display and a heart rate monitor, finally joins the original G Watch on the Google online store, though it is priced at a rather expensive $299.

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Motorola starts selling Nexus 6 directly, adds metal bands to Moto 360

11/06, 5:15pm

Nexus 6 goes on sale via Motorola, sells out within hours

Motorola is now selling the Nexus 6 directly in the United States, via its own online store, giving potential customers an alternative route to Google Play to acquire the smartphone. At the same time, the company is introducing its recently-leaked metal strap options for the Moto 360 through the store, as well as a champagne gold colored version of the Android Wear smartwatch.

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Briefly: Timex Ironman One GPS+ on AT&T, Huawei TalkBand B1 in US

11/06, 10:28am

Pre-orders for Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch start tomorrow

Pre-orders for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ will commence in the United States through AT&T stores on November 7th, and online from November 10th. Designed for runners, the smartwatch is able to track the wearer's speed, distance, and other position-related information, includes 4GB of storage, works with Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and has its own cellular data connection rather than relying on a nearby smartphone. Including one year of AT&T data, the Timex Ironman One GPS+ will be priced at $400.

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Samsung ships Gear S in UK this week, Gear Circle in US via T-Mobile

11/05, 1:07pm

Bluetooth earphones, standalone Samsung Gear S smartwatch head to market this week

Samsung has confirmed it is bringing its Gear Circle wireless earphones to the United States this month, ready for the holiday shopping period. At the same time, it has been revealed the manufacturer's standalone Gear S smartwatch will be making its way to the United Kingdom, with the first units set to go on sale later this week.

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HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer smartwatch

10/31, 11:08pm

MB Chronowing uses split monochrome display for separate watch face

HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information.

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Samsung Gear S heading to major US carriers from November 7

10/30, 4:58pm

Curved face Android Wear smartwatch gets $5 price plan on T-Mobile

Samsung's Gear S will be going on sale in the United States at the start of next month, with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all carrying the Android Wear smartwatch. The carriers are also varying the way they host the standalone smartwatch on their network, with T-Mobile introducing a new plan specifically for wearable devices.

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Microsoft Band officially launches, available to buy now for $200

10/30, 3:09pm

Cross-platform Microsoft fitness tracker has claimed 48-hour battery

Microsoft has officially announced its fitness tracker, the day after images leaked via companion apps. The Microsoft Band is able to track the wearer's vital signs and physical activities, with some included sensors not typically included in such devices, with it also providing a number of smartwatch-style interactions using its customizable display.

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Briefly: Gold Moto 360 spotted, YouTube enables 60fps video playback

10/30, 7:56am

Gold-colored Moto 360 spotted on Amazon with matching metal bands

New color options of the Moto 360 are on the way, according to a leak on Amazon. The now-removed listings spotted by Android Police showed a champagne gold Moto 360, combined with matching 18mm and 23mm metal bands, with the existing black and brushed steel versions also shown by the online retailer as being sold with their respective-colored metal straps.

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Motorola commences sales of Moto 360 in UK, discounts Moto X

10/28, 11:52am

Second generation Moto X drops in price for 24-hour sale in UK

Motorola has made two announcements relating to its smartphone and smartwatch, specifically for customers located in the United Kingdom. The manufacturer is discounting the Moto X for a limited time, while its round-faced Android Wear device, the Moto 360, has started to go on sale through retailers in the country, as well as through the manufacturer itself.

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Briefly: More Inbox invitations sent, LG G Watch R rollout details

10/24, 7:04am

Google sends second batch of invitations for Inbox

Google has started to send out more invitations to its recently-announced Inbox email app. The search company has advised on Twitter that the second round of invitations has been dispatched to some of the Gmail users who have requested access by sending an email to Google's dedicated Inbox invitation address. Though the number of invitations sent is unknown, Google does say that more are "on the way".

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Google adds GPS support, music storage option to Android Wear

10/23, 5:35pm

Android Wear update makes smartwatches more useful without smartphone connection

Google's first major update to Android Wear will be preparing the operating system for use on standalone smartwatches. The software update adds support for GPS sensors built into devices, as well as the ability to store music on a smartwatch instead of a smartphone, with audio able to be played through a paired set of Bluetooth headphones.

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Microsoft smartwatch touted for launch within weeks, sale soon after

10/20, 6:05am

Two-day battery, heart rate monitor claimed inside Microsoft wearable device

Microsoft could introduce its own wearable device in the next few weeks, a report claims. According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft's rumored smartwatch will attempt to beat its counterparts, such as the Samsung Gear range and the Moto 360, by offering a battery life said to last for more than two days from a single charge, something many current smartwatches struggle with.

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Apple releasing smartwatch SDK WatchKit next month

10/16, 1:34pm

WatchKit SDK to help development of apps for Apple Watch

Apple is going to help developers create apps for the Apple Watch before its release early next year, by making available a software development kit for the device. WatchKit, being made available to download in November, will allow developers to work on and test their smartwatch apps without having the Apple Watch hardware to hand.

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Briefly: Will.i.am smartwatch due this week, Tesco adopts UltraViolet

10/14, 7:14am

Smartwatch from Will.i.am reportedly launching this week

Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am is planning to launch a smartwatch on Wednesday, a report claims. According to The Telegraph, the watch will be launched on Wednesday, and though it may not necessarily be the same device as he teased previously, it will apparently include apps for social networks, use a curved display, have its own cellular connection, and also have a music service powered by 7digital.

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Verizon-exclusive Sony Xperia Z3v shipping later this month

10/10, 7:10am

Exclusive version of Xperia Z3 heading to Verizon alongside Sony SmartWatch 3

Two more Sony devices will be added to Verizon's mobile device roster later this month, the carrier has revealed. A repackaged version of the Xperia Z3 will be going on sale, a smartphone called the Xperia Z3v, while the company's Android Wear device, the SmartWatch 3, will also be heading to the carrier's stores in due course.

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HTC smartwatch 'not ready' for launch, expected to ship next year

10/08, 6:50am

Delayed HTC smartwatch held back to make it more 'compelling' to use

A smartwatch will not be making an appearance at today's HTC launch event, according to a report. The manufacturer is apparently holding off from launching its own wearable device until sometime next year, though comments from high-level employees seem to suggest the reason behind the delay is more case of perfectionism rather than too much competition.

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Briefly: Galaxy S gains Opera Mini, BBC extends iPlayer viewing time

10/07, 7:55am

Samsung Gear S will have Opera Mini browser available at release

The Samsung Gear S, a smartwatch with its own 3G data connection due to go on sale in the near future, will be able to access the Internet via its own browser, Opera has revealed. Owners of the standalone smartwatch will be able to download Opera Mini for the device via the Samsung Gear Apps store, with the browser said to be made more user friendly for the small screen by making website shortcuts into larger buttons, and by including a single Smart Page collecting together various social updates onto a single screen.

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LG developer site hints at webOS-based smartwatch in development

10/02, 6:25am

Teaser page shows Bean Bird webOS smart TV mascot, watch face

A webOS-based smartwatch may be in development by LG, the company's developer site strongly suggests. A now-removed teaser page strongly hinted at a wearable device running the software, by depicting a "Bean Bird" mascot from the company's webOS smart TV software next to a watch, along with the words "Coming soon".

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Analysts: Apple Watch likely a hit, but will take time to mature

10/01, 7:00pm

Piper Jaffray's Munster forecasts 10M units in first year, ASP of $500

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch revealed with wireless connectivity

10/01, 7:58am

Forerunner 920XT Multisport GPS watch shows smartphone notifications on color display

Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options.

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Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity tracking

09/30, 9:04pm

Software update adds background activity tracking to Pebble smartwatch

Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.

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