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The Huawei Watch departs from the Google Store

With all the uncertainty, I don't imagine Android Wear smartwatches will be a hot item this holiday season. Some people are probably still willing to take a risk, but pickings are getting slim either way. Even though it launched more than a year ago, the Huawei Watch is still considered by many to be the best Android Wear device. It's no longer on sale in the Google Store, though.

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Motorola isn't planning on releasing a Moto 360 successor anytime soon

The second-generation Moto 360 is still a solid Android Wear offering, even if it's getting a bit long in the tooth. However, this 15-month old device will remain as the most recent Moto smartwatch for the foreseeable future, as a Moto exec confirmed today that no new smartwatch has been planned for Android Wear 2.0's release.

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Canary home security app adds Android Wear and tablet support

I recently reviewed Canary's home security and connected camera system and was pleasantly impressed by most of its features, especially the auto-arm/disarm based on geofence. Now the Canary app is receiving an update to add a couple of interesting features for Android users.

First up is a new Android Wear app that lets you monitor your cameras right from your wrist if you have a smartwatch. I've tested it today and it seems to do the essentials rather well, letting me see my location stats (temperature, humidity, and air quality), tap and hold on the mode icon to switch to Home, Away, Privacy, or Night, and scroll to view a thumbnail of the last recorded event.

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[Deal Alert] Casio's WSD-F10 Android Wear smartwatch is down to $399 on Amazon ($100 off)

There aren't many options for rugged, outdoorsy smartwatches on the market; Casio's horribly named WSD-F10 is one of them. Though this Android Wear-powered smartwatch wasn't very well-received initially due to its $500 price tag, it's now been discounted to $399.99 - a 20% drop.

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[Update: Even cheaper with Amazon Alexa] [Deal Alert] Fossil Android Wear watches on sale for 25% off today

Fossil is still cranking out Android Wear devices, but they're a little too costly in my estimation. That's no problem today—you can get 25% off any Fossil Q Android Wear watch if you act fast. This promo only runs through today. If you don't need the latest hardware, you can grab a Fossil smartwatch even cheaper too.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Moto 360 Sport for just $99.99 on eBay (50% off)

It's not Black Friday yet, but it sure is starting to feel like it. We've seen a lot of deals for the Motorola Moto 360 Sport pop up recently; however, this is the best one yet. An eBay seller with 97.8% positive feedback and over 134k stars is offering up brand new 360 Sports for just $99.99 apiece.

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Google Play services v10.0 prepares for Tap 'n Pay with Android Wear and makes progress on Instant Apps [APK Teardown]

As we close in on the end of the year, Google's developers are lining things up for possible late-2016 launches or preparing to test features they plan to launch next year. With the rollout of Google Play services v10.0, a couple of those things stand out as current projects. There are signs final testing has begun for Instant Apps, Google's way to give users a way to use apps without actually installing them. It also looks like some progress has been made towards enabling Android Pay to work through Android Wear.

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Asus ZenWatch 3 review: The best Android Wear device you can get

Asus has been one of the more persistent promoters of Android Wear since it was released. As other companies have scaled back on wearables, Asus is full speed ahead with a third-generation ZenWatch. The first ZenWatch was a solid addition to the initial wave of watches, and the ZenWatch 2 had some appeal due to the extremely competitive price. Both those watches had the same rounded square body and general aesthetic, but the ZenWatch 3 is a radical departure. This is a completely round watch—no flat tire—and it makes more tweaks to the UI of Android Wear than any watch I've used before.

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Latest beta of Android Wear companion app allows filtering non-Wear Bluetooth devices and prepares to launch the Play Store from phones [APK Download + Teardown]

Development on the Android Wear platform has stumbled a bit as the official 2.0 release has been delayed until early 2017. That doesn't mean the companion app can't continue to get updates. A fresh beta build of v2.0 came out a couple of days ago with a couple small tweaks to remove one of the little annoying things about the Bluetooth pairing process. The teardown also reveals a couple of interesting additions related to standalone apps and the Wear-specific Play Store.

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Wear Dialer for Android Wear lets you place calls from your wrist

Phone calls are not my favorite thing in the world, but I suppose if I have to make one I'd prefer the minimum of effort to be expended. Wear Dialer from HuskyDEV lets you initiate calls from your wrist. That sounds easy.

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