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Smartwatch sales in US grew more than 60 percent in 2018

Smartwatch sales in the US were up more than 60 percent in 2018. As the wearables market begins to mature more people are buying smartwatches. The data is provided by the NPD Group. Total sales last year were nearly $5 billion.

Watches banned from British examinations

Students have been told they cannot take watches into exams taking place in British schools and colleges. This is because of the risk that smartwatches will be used for cheating.

Android Wear is now known as 'Wear OS by Google'

Google has renamed Android Wear, confirming that references to the new platform found inside Android P were genuine. The company said the new name, "Wear OS by Google," reflects the platform's aims of providing a wearable ecosystem "for everyone."

Fitbit launches the Versa, a $200 smartwatch for the masses

Fitbit has announced its long-rumoured Versa smartwatch, designed as an alternative to products like the Apple Watch. Unlike Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch, the Versa is lower-priced and aimed at a wider market. It retains most of the Ionic's features.

Google may rebrand struggling Android Wear as 'Wear OS'

Evidence found inside the Android P Developer Preview suggests Google's planning to rebrand Android Wear as "Wear OS." The name change, accompanied by a revised logo, could indicate a renewed push into wearables as Google tries to increase sales.

Apple might be planning 'all-new form factor' for next Watch

The upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 will have an "all-new form factor" according to a noted Apple tipster. Apple could be planning a major redesign of the popular wearable as it tries to convince early Watch buyers to upgrade to a newer model.

Apple unveils watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with new fitness features

Apple has launched the fourth major version of its watchOS platform for the Apple Watch. It features more of an emphasis on fitness capabilities than previous iterations, including the option of smart activity coaching. There's also a new Siri watch face.

ASUS to abandon Android Wear because nobody wants smartwatches

Another major smartwatch manufacturer could leave Google's struggling Android Wear platform. ASUS has been one of only a handful of brands to see relative success in the market. It is now pulling out after facing sales of just a few thousand each month.

Apple purchase hints at sleep tracking mode for next Apple Watch

Apple has purchased Beddit, a Finnish manufacturer of connected sleep-tracking devices designed to work with iOS products. The acquisition strongly hints that the next Apple Watch will include a built-in sleep monitoring mode, a top user request.

Huawei's chief hasn't 'figured out' why we need smartwatches

Huawei's chief executive has stated he sees no value in the concept of a smartwatch, admitting most people – himself included – struggle to find any value in the devices. Huawei has been one of the most successful makers of Android Wear smartwatches.

New Apple Watch tipped to arrive this year as interest falls

Apple will unveil its third generation Apple Watch later this year, according to a report this week. The company will launch the Apple Watch Series 3 with new hardware for better performance. However, there are questions over whether it will appeal.

Intel developing 'genderless' AI

Intel is developing a new artificially intelligent assistant that will be genderless, moving the tech industry away from the perceived "feminine" nature of most current AIs. The system will debut on a new smartwatch Intel is building with TAG Heuer.

You can now run Windows 98 on a homemade smartwatch

An electronics enthusiast has demonstrated a homemade smartwatch that runs Windows 98, an almost two decade-old operating system built for desktop PCs. The functioning touchscreen watch is powered by a Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

Google's machine intelligence can now run offline on smartwatches

Google has explained how it managed to get advanced artificial intelligence running offline on smartwatch processors. The system, formerly confined to high-performance datacentres, now powers Android Wear 2.0's suggested message replies.

Google's new Android Wear smartwatches are now official

Google has officially announced the first Android Wear smartwatches in which it played a role in the development. The LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport are meant to reignite momentum around Android Wear, offering thin designs and robust functionality.

Google building its own Android Wear smartwatches with LG

Google is planning to launch its own smartwatches to coincide with the release of Android Wear 2.0. The company has partnered with LG to manufacture the devices, according to a report this week. They'll be launched in early February.

Google makes Android Wear 2.0 work more like 1.0

Google has announced a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the upcoming release of the company's wearable operating system. The latest update reverses changes to some of the platform's behaviour, making it more like the version it's replacing.

Apple bricks Watch devices with software update

Apple has withdrawn an Apple Watch software update after receiving widespread reports of some devices being bricked by the new firmware. Apple Watch Series 2 models are being left unusable after the update is installed. Not every device is affected.

Fitbit buying Pebble, existing watches could stop working

Pebble has confirmed that it is shutting down and selling its assets to rival wearable manufacturer Fitbit. The announcement comes a week after initial rumours about the deal began to circulate. Pebble will not launch any new hardware products.

Fitbit buying smartwatch brand Pebble in deal worth $40m

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit is purchasing smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million. The news has not yet been confirmed by the companies but follows a round of layoffs at Pebble. Fitbit may use the company's technology in its own devices.

Theresa May bans the Apple Watch from U.K. Cabinet meetings

Members of the UK's parliament have been banned from wearing Apple Watch smartwatches during Cabinet meetings over concerns they could be hacked by Russian spies. The ruling has come from Prime Minister Theresa May and concerns all wearables.

Google says faster Android Wear 2.0 won't arrive until 2017

Google has announced it's postponing the launch of its upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update until 2017. The release includes improved performance, a revised user interface and expanded support for cellular connections but has been delayed for testing.

Samsung's new smartwatch has a bigger display and built-in 4G

Samsung has announced a new smartwatch, the Gear S3, at the IFA technology show in Berlin, Germany. The Gear S3 differs from its predecessors by adding 4G connectivity, a larger display and longer-lasting battery. It comes as smartwatch sales decline.

Faster Apple Watch 2 is coming later this year with new features

Apple is planning to launch a heavily-upgraded Apple Watch 2 later this year, according to a credible new report. The wearable will sport a faster processor, built-in GPS and improved waterproofing, addressing key weaknesses of the current model.

Google building its own smartwatches to get Android Wear moving

Google is building its own pair of smartwatches to showcase Android Wear, according to a report with knowledge of the devices. A spate of recent rumours reveal Google wants to become a hardware company, building mobile devices in-house.

Pebble launches new smartwatches and a 'magic button' Android PC

Smartwatch manufacturer Pebble has announced three new products to reinforce its commitment to the space. The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are updates of its existing smartwatches. They are joined by the Pebble Core, a $69 palm-sized Android PC.

Samsung patents smartwatch that projects display onto your hand

Samsung has developed a concept smartwatch that projects an image of its display onto the wearer's hand. The idea increases the size of the display, letting developers create more complex apps and allowing users to type with more precision.

Op-Ed: The 5 best fitness trackers for long battery life

Despite millions of consumers remaining charged up with excitement over the latest fitness trackers to hit the market, it's a matter of "charging" that quickly mitigates some of the excitement for new device owners.

Six smartwatch standouts

Smartwatches are a rapidly evolving genre that, while touted as the personal technology of the future, is frankly a work in progress. But there are some standout smartphones worthy of your consideration. Here are six of the best.

Sony may unveil new smartwatch next week at Mobile Asia Expo 2013

Sony has been dropping hints it may be launching its new smartwatch in the very near future. According to media reports, numerous tweets have been posted by the company that seem to indicate this announcement may come at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013.
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