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[Funny But True] Video shows what an honest smartwatch commercial should be like

Smartwatches have been available for a few years, but I'm not sure we have yet found a really legitimate and indispensable use for them. I have been wearing one for nearly three years, but I rarely interact with it and I forget it's there most days. Yet, it has become a necessity for me as I keep my phone silent to avoid the deluge of WhatsApp, Slack, Gmail, and more notifications while working in the serious and quiet environment of a pharmacy. Nothing is more distracting than continuous beeps and boops while you're trying to counsel a patient, so the watch helps me know what is crucial to attend to and what can wait until the patient has left.

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Verizon's Wear24 smartwatch is now on sale, $300 on contract or $350 full price

The announcement of Verizon's Wear24 smartwatch was a bit unexpected, as there were no rumors about it beforehand. Then the company went silent about it for a while, then said in April that it would go on sale May 11. Well, now it's May 11, and you can actually buy it.

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[Deal Alert] Fossil smartwatches discounted 25% everywhere

Fossil took a big hit on its 2016 fourth quarter earnings, but a month after announcing that loss, Fossil brushed it off by announcing plans to roll out more than 300 styles across 14 of its brands. That includes the Q Venture and Q Explorist, coming this fall to Android Wear. Fall is a long time from now, though. What if you want a watch now? It appears Fossil is clearing the decks for the influx of new watches with retailers across the web slashing prices on existing Fossil smartwatches by 25%.

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Comparison: All of the Android Wear devices announced or released in 2017 so far

Android Wear started off, as many Google products do, as something closer to a proof-of-concept than a finished product. The first watches had problems, the software was unfinished, and tech companies were the only ones producing them. Now that Android Wear is becoming a more mature platform, mostly thanks to the long-awaited 2.0 update, we're starting to see more watches than ever hit the market.

It was fairly easy to compare Android Wear watches in years past - only a handful of tech companies even bothered. But now, a vast amount of wearables are being released, with most of them by actual watch companies.

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[Update: Nope] The original Huawei Watch might get Android Pay

The original Huawei Watch, especially after the disappointment of the second model, is one of more popular Android Wear watches. While it was already expected to get Android Wear 2.0, now it seems a later update might enable the watch's NFC chip, for use with Android Pay.

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Android Wear 2.0 update is finally rolling out, but only to three watches for now

It's been around two months since Android Wear 2.0 officially launched, yet no watches that launched with Wear 1.0 have been updated to it yet. Nope, not even the Huawei Watch or LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which have been running the developer previews since mid-2016, have received this long-awaited update. That changes today, though; Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, and TAG Heuer Connected.

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Hugo Boss reveals its first Android Wear watch, the Touch

So it turns out that there's this big watch convention thing going on in Switzerland (hint: we didn't go), where a lot of smartwatches have debuted. Baselworld 2017 has been a hub of timepiece activity, with us seeing plenty of new entrants into the Android Wear fold. One of these is Hugo Boss with the Touch.

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Diesel announces the On, its first Android Wear smartwatch, will start at $325

The Fossil Group has just announced a ton of new Android Wear-based smartwatches at the Baselworld 2017 watch show, and the Diesel On is one of them. Although Diesel has made hybrid watches before, the On is Diesel's first Android Wear device. It's a pretty unique-looking one, too. Unfortunately, the press release is incredibly hollow, with little information, only one image, and nonsensical phrases. It's so bad that it's actually kinda hilarious.

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Misfit Vapor will run Android Wear 2.0, is one of the platform's best smartwatches yet at $199 [Updated]

The Misfit Vapor was announced in January at CES 2017 as the wearable company's first touchscreen smartwatch. But the specs left many of us scratching our heads: Snapdragon Wear 2100, 4GB of memory, heart rate sensor, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, microphone, 2-day battery life... those looked an awful lot like other Android Wear watches. But Misfit was mum. It didn't demo the watch a lot and the few hands-on we saw depicted an OS that didn't look like Wear. So we moved on.

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