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Lilbits: OnePlus caught cheating at benchmarks, Choetech caught cheating on product reviews

Amazon’s crackdown on pay-to-play reviews (where companies basically bribe customers to leave positive reviews) seems to be continuing. The latest company caught up is Choetech, maker of a range of devices including charging accessories and USB hubs. The company’s Amazon storefront is still accessible, but there are no products available for purchase. Meanwhile, smartphone maker […]

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Report: Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch to run Android Wear (or not)

Samsung’s first smartwatch was an Android Wear device called the Samsung Galaxy Gear. But that was way back in 2013. By the time Samsung’s second smartwatch came around in 2014, it was running Samsung’s own operating system based on the Tizen Linux distribution. Since then, Samsung has released a number of additional watches, and they’ve […]

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Meet Wear OS: the smartwatch platform formerly known as Android Wear

Google is renaming its smartwatch operating system: Android Wear is out. Wear OS is in. The move is mostly about branding, but it also makes sense: while Android Wear watches were only able to pair with Android phones at launch, users have been able to use smartwatches running Google’s software with iPhones since 2015. Maybe […]

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Google now pushes Android Wear updates through Play Store

Google introduced Android Wear 2.0 earlier this year, bringing new features to smartwatches including support for making calls on models with cellular radios, built-in support for Google Assistant even when your phone isn’t handy, and the ability to use the Play Store to install apps without a phone. Now it turns out there’s another new […]

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Google launches Android Wear 2.0, along with LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport

Google is rolling out a major update to its operating system for smartwatches and, as expected, the company is also introducing two new watches which will be the first to ship with Android Wear 2.0 pre-installed. The LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport were both designed by LG in partnership with Google, much the […]

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Report: Google and LG to launch Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches Feb 9th

Google is getting ready to launch a major update to its operating system for smartwatches and, according to a new report from VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, the first devices to ship with Android Wear 2.0 will be two smartwatches developed by LG and Google. The watches are expected to be called the LG Watch Sport and […]

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Google plans to launch two Android Wear smartwatches in 2017

Smartwatches may not be massively popular devices, but Google isn’t giving up on them just yet. In fact, the company is working with a manufacturer to launch two new smartwatches in 2017. Up until now, Google’s smartwatch strategy has been to develop Android Wear software and work with watch makers to get it on as […]

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Google acquires Cronologics, makers of smartwatch with Amazon Alexa

The CoWatch is a smartwatch with a round, 400 x 400 pixel Super AMOLED display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a heart rate sensor, among other features. The $299 watch runs a custom operating system that allows you to pair the device with an Android or iOS phone, but the CoWatch’s standout feature may […]

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Android Wear 2.0 delayed until 2017, but Developer Preview 3 is out now

There’s good news and bad news for folks that have been waiting for new features to hit their Android Wear smartwatches. The good news is that Android Wear Developer Preview 3 is now available and it does have some new goodies, including the ability to browser the Google Play Store for smartwatch apps on your smartwatch […]