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Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package
4.0 stars

Samsung Gear Sport review: Health-tracking in a compact and capable package

By Cam Bunton

Samsung is in an interesting place with wearables. It's been making them for years and, since switching to making exclusively Tizen-based watches and wrist-worn bands, is making some of the best smartwatches around. The Gear S3 from earlier in 2017 was... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats
4.0 stars

Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch comes with some caveats

By Stuart Miles

We've been wearing, exercising, calling, texting, and plenty of other things using the new 4G-equipped Apple Watch Series 3 to find out whether now is the time to start wearing it, or whether you can pass this one by.While much remains the same in the... Read more

Samsung Gear S4 could be gearing up for launch in Q4 2018

Samsung Gear S4 could be gearing up for launch in Q4 2018

By Max Langridge

Rather than release a true successor to the Gear S3 in 2017, Samsung side-stepped and launched the Gear Sport fitness-focused smartwatch instead. Later in 2018 though, Samsung may in fact launch a Gear S4 smartwatch, according to SamMobile founder Martin... Read more

Apple Watch Series 4 to get a larger display, says report

Apple Watch Series 4 to get a larger display, says report

By Max Langridge

Straight off the back of the new iPad 9.7-inch launch, usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report saying the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4, due out later this year, will have a 15 per cent larger display. Apple Watch... Read more

Mondaine launches Helvetica Regular hybrid smartwatch at Baselworld 2018

Mondaine launches Helvetica Regular hybrid smartwatch at Baselworld 2018

By Max Langridge

Swiss watchmaker Mondaine has announced the Helvetica Regular smartwatch at Baselworld 2018. It's the latest version of the Helvetica smartwatch, first released in 2015, and is designed to look like a regular horological watch. However, the Helvetica... Read more

Hublot's first smartwatch has a 2018 World Cup theme and crazy price

Hublot's first smartwatch has a 2018 World Cup theme and crazy price

By Elyse Betters

Hublot has unveiled its first smartwatch with a rather interesting name: the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Yeah.The Swiss watch brand's connected timepiece runs Google's Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear), and it's apparently launching... Read more

Apple has all-new pastel Apple Watch bands for you to buy this spring

Apple has all-new pastel Apple Watch bands for you to buy this spring

By Elyse Betters

Apple just announced a springtime-themed Apple Watch band collection.Although you may still have a foot of snow outside your home, Apple wants to show you all the pretty pink, blue, and yellow colours you can strap around your wrist. Its new bands are... Read more

Barclays bPay now supported by 7 watch brands including Guess and Timex

Barclays bPay now supported by 7 watch brands including Guess and Timex

By Max Langridge

bPay, the contactless payment system from Barclays, has announced partnerships with a total of seven watch brands that will see its payment chip embedded in myriad watches and fitness trackers. bPay Loop adds payments to your wearable: Garmin and Mondaine... Read more

Wear OS: Your complete guide to Google's smartwatch OS

Wear OS: Your complete guide to Google's smartwatch OS

By Elyse Betters

Four years after launching Android Wear, Google has renamed it to Wear OS and given the operating system new branding.That means Android Wear is no more. From now on, all existing and future Android Wear smartwatches will be known as Wear OS watches.... Read more

Fitbit OS 2.0 now rolling out to the Ionic

Fitbit OS 2.0 now rolling out to the Ionic

By Max Langridge

Fitbit has confirmed that the latest version of its smartwatch OS, Fitbit OS 2.0, will be rolling out to the Ionic in the coming weeks. The latest software, which will come preinstalled on the recently announced Fitbit Versa, will bring a number of new... Read more

When is Google Wear OS coming to my smartwatch?

When is Google Wear OS coming to my smartwatch?

By Rik Henderson

After almost four years in existence, Android Wear is no more. Google has decided to rebrand its smartwatch operating system as Wear OS by Google, and given it a funky new logo.This is partly thanks to the fact that a third of Android Wear smartwatches... Read more

Goodbye Android Wear: Google hits reset with new Wear OS name

Goodbye Android Wear: Google hits reset with new Wear OS name

By Elyse Betters

Google introduced Android Wear in 2014, but now, it's ditching the software's name and branding. Although partner manufacturers have launched a bunch of Android Wear devices since 2014, some critics could argue that the software isn't as ubiquitous as... Read more

The best Wear OS smartwatch 2018

The best Wear OS smartwatch 2018

By Britta O'Boyle

Wear OS - formerly known as Android Wear - has had several big updates since it originally launched, all of which have pushed several new features, including iOS compatibility, making it increasingly more attractive, not just to Android users, but... Read more

Android Wear rebranding underway it seems, get ready for Wear OS

Android Wear rebranding underway it seems, get ready for Wear OS

By Rik Henderson

It looks like Google is rebranding Android Wear, its smartwatch operating system.Not only has a new logo popped up online, but reports suggest the name is changing too.Reddit user H3x0n noticed that a completely different logo appeared on a set-up screen... Read more

Fitbit's new smartwatch for 2018 revealed

Fitbit's new smartwatch for 2018 revealed

By Max Langridge

Soon after Fitbit CEO James Park revealed the company wants to produce more "mass appeal" smartwatches this year following the release of its first model, the Ionic, Wareable has obtained exclusive information relating to a future watch. Fitbit confirms... Read more

Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition watch will launch in March for $330

Fitbit Ionic Adidas Edition watch will launch in March for $330

By Elyse Betters

Those of you waiting for the Adidas-themed Fitbit Ionic will be glad to know there has been an update.Last year, Fitbit and Adidas announced they were developing a Fitbit Ionic: Adidas Edition. Little else was said at the time, leaving us and many others... Read more

Fitbit confirms more smartwatches for 2018

Fitbit confirms more smartwatches for 2018

By Max Langridge

Fitbit released its first smartwatch in the Ionic in 2017 after specialising solely in fitness trackers, and now during its latest earnings call, the company has confirmed that it will produce more smartwatches in the year ahead. Which Fitbit is right... Read more

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

By Elyse Betters

Here's everything you need to know about Apple Watch Nike+. Be sure to check out our Apple Watch Nike+ review as well, where we said it looks great, has a sporty feel, and feels really comfortable on the wrist. Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to... Read more

Apple Watch tips and tricks: Hidden secrets of WatchOS revealed

Apple Watch tips and tricks: Hidden secrets of WatchOS revealed

By Stuart Miles

Your Apple Watch has finally arrived, but you've been staring at the new smartwatch for the last 10 minutes trying to work out how to use it.There's no denying it, the Apple Watch is a complex device that offers plenty to those happy and keen to explore... Read more

Omate X Nanoblock is a Lego-inspired smartwatch kids will really want

Omate X Nanoblock is a Lego-inspired smartwatch kids will really want

By Rik Henderson

There are plenty of smartwatches available now but finding one that suits a child, both for style and security, can be tough. Omate believes it has the answer and will be showing its kid-friendly wearable at Mobile World Congress at the end of the month.The... Read more

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20-WE Android Wear smartwatch available in limited numbers

Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20-WE Android Wear smartwatch available in limited numbers

By Rik Henderson

Casio has announced a limited edition version of its WSD-F20 smartwatch.The Casio WSD-F20-WE is part of its Pro Trek Smart series of watches for outdoor enthusiasts and comes in a limited colour scheme of fluorite white.The colour is maintained with a... Read more

Future Huawei Watch might let you gesture and write on back of hand

Future Huawei Watch might let you gesture and write on back of hand

By Elyse Betters

Smartwatch screens are frustrating.While phone makers have been delivering phones with the larger displays or more screen real estate than ever before, those same phone makers have been selling smartwatches with dinky little screens that are hard to futz... Read more

Diesel On Full Guard review: Big on style, short on features
3.5 stars

Diesel On Full Guard review: Big on style, short on features

By Cam Bunton

Android Wear - which is Google's wearable operating system - has something of a complicated history, but after nearly four years in existence the platform is starting to move in the right direction. Which is good news for the future of wearable tech.Rather... Read more

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

Best Apple Watch accessories: Protect and personalise your watch

By Elyse Betters

So, you want to accessorise your Apple Watch, right?Apple Watch 3 launched - the third generation of Apple Watch - last September. That means app and accessory makers have had ample time to scratch their heads and dream up something disruptive that'll... Read more

Fitbit will officially kill support for Pebble smartwatches this summer

Fitbit will officially kill support for Pebble smartwatches this summer

By Elyse Betters

Fitbit is ending support for Pebble smartwatches in June.The company, which acquired Pebble in December 2016, said in a blog post that it will extend support for Pebble smartwatches until June 2018. In other words, support for Pebble will come to a final... Read more

Microsoft Xbox Watch leaks out: New pics reveal scrapped smartwatch

Microsoft Xbox Watch leaks out: New pics reveal scrapped smartwatch

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Xbox Watch has leaked online again.In 2013, Microsoft was developing its own smartwatch and planned to release it under the Xbox brand. It eventually ditched the idea and pulled out of the wearables market. Nevertheless, last autumn, images... Read more

This TAG Heuer smartwatch has 589 diamonds and costs £143,000

This TAG Heuer smartwatch has 589 diamonds and costs £143,000

By Elyse Betters

Are you in the market for a diamond-studded smartwatch?If so, luck you. But also, check out TAG Heuer's latest wearable. The company put a whopping 589 baguette-size diamonds, totaling 23.35 carats, on its Connected Modular 45 Full Diamond smartwatch.... Read more

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41 is designed for smaller wrists, has bigger specs

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41 is designed for smaller wrists, has bigger specs

By Max Langridge

Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Tag Heuer has announced a slightly smaller version of its Connected Modular Android Wear smartwatch, with a 41mm case. Tag had been promising a smaller version of the watch for some time, although CEO Jean-Claude Biver... Read more

Casio unveils new watches including a GPS smartwatch with a solar panel

Casio unveils new watches including a GPS smartwatch with a solar panel

By Elyse Betters

Casio has introduced a new G-Shock watch at CES 2018.Called the GPR B-1000, it's a GPS-equipped wearable that falls under the Rangeman line. It can do standalone GPS navigation for up to 33 hours on a single charge. There's also a built-in solar panel... Read more

Fitbit might finally make a smartwatch just for children

Fitbit might finally make a smartwatch just for children

By Elyse Betters

Fitbit has apparently discovered kids exist.The company's current lineup of colourful wearables and trackers are recommended for anyone aged 13 or above. However, for the first time, it is reportedly considering a smartwatch for children, according to... Read more

Misfit Path marries a sleek watch design with smart functions

Misfit Path marries a sleek watch design with smart functions

By Max Langridge

Misfit has announced a brand new hybrid smartwatch model at CES 2018. Called Path, the hybrid smartwatch looks like a regular analogue watch, but has all the internals of a digital smartwatch. With Path, you track steps you've taken, calories burned... Read more

Skagen and Kate Spade introduce their first touchscreen Android Wear smartwatches

Skagen and Kate Spade introduce their first touchscreen Android Wear smartwatches

By Max Langridge

The Fossil Group has used CES 2018 to introduce two new touchscreen smartwatch models from its Skagen and Kate Spade brands. Both watches share many similar features, including Android Wear 2.0 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. However... Read more

Amazon Alexa on the go: What does this mean and which headphones and wearables support it?

Amazon Alexa on the go: What does this mean and which headphones and wearables support it?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon won't be happy until Alexa is everywhere.It's already supported by tonnes of different speakers, devices, and gadgets. And, just recently, Amazon announced that it’s adding microwave and oven control features to its assistant, allowing Alexa... Read more

Michael Kors Access Sofie tips and tricks: Master your new sparkly smartwatch

Michael Kors Access Sofie tips and tricks: Master your new sparkly smartwatch

By Britta O'Boyle

The Michael Kors Access Sofie is the second smartwatch to appear from the fashion giant, following in the footsteps of the chunkier Access Bradshaw.The new device brings all the bling, along with a fully-round display, smooth performance, an excellent... Read more

The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

The Pocket-lint guide to smartwatch etiquette

By Chris Hall

We're entering a brave new world. A world where you're not (just) covertly alerted by the buzzing in your pocket, but overtly, visually and audibly by the device on your wrist.The shifting sands of technology bring sweeping changes in social behavior.... Read more

Future Apple Watches could have an EKG reader to detect heart illness

Future Apple Watches could have an EKG reader to detect heart illness

By Elyse Betters

Apple is developing new versions of the Apple Watch with EKG capabilities, according to a new report.Bloomberg has reported that new versions of the Apple Watch could feature souped-up heart-monitoring technology. More specifically, they could use electric... Read more

Android Oreo rolling out to Android Wear devices now, full list of supported watches revealed

Android Oreo rolling out to Android Wear devices now, full list of supported watches revealed

By Max Langridge

Google announced late last week that Android Oreo is now rolling out to Android Wear devices, bringing with it various new features and more supported languages. At the time, it wasn't clear which Android Wear watches would be in line to receive the update,... Read more

GymKit tested: What is Apple GymKit and how can you use it?

GymKit tested: What is Apple GymKit and how can you use it?

By Stuart Miles

GymKit is the latest technology to come out of Apple. It, as the name suggests, allows Apple Watch users to connect to various bits of kit at the gym. But what does it do, how does it work, and what kit will wit work with?We've used one of the first installations... Read more

Fitbit Ionic's first major software update adds new apps and watchfaces

Fitbit Ionic's first major software update adds new apps and watchfaces

By Elyse Betters

Fitbit has rolled out the first major update to Fitbit OS, the software that powers its Ionic smartwatch.The update adds more than a dozen third-party apps, including: British Airways, Clue, Flipboard, Game Golf, Hue Lights, Nest, Surfline, The New York... Read more

Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle
4.5 stars

Michael Kors Access Sofie review: Stunning smartwatch with serious sparkle

By Britta O'Boyle

Fashion brand Michael Kors is back with a second version of its Access smartwatch - the Sofie. The device follows on from the chunky but brilliant Access Bradshaw and it brings a smaller design, some serious sparkle and a fully round display. Yep, that's... Read more

Apple Heart Study launches as FDA clears first Apple Watch EKG reader

Apple Heart Study launches as FDA clears first Apple Watch EKG reader

By Elyse Betters

Apple has launched a new app.It isn't a productivity app or video app or note-taking app or any of that usual app stuff. Instead, this new app will allow the company to collect your heart rhythm data, as long as you're wearing the Apple Watch. Called... Read more

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday smartwatch deals: Apple, Samsung, Fossil and other smartwatches at great prices

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday smartwatch deals: Apple, Samsung, Fossil and other smartwatches at great prices

By Adrian Willings

With Black Friday now turning into Cyber Monday the deals keep on coming and there are plenty of smartwatch bargains to be had.With a range of smartwatches being produced by various manufacturers including Apple, Samsung, Pebble and more, there are plenty... Read more

Misfit launches Command hybrid smartwatch, combining classic watch looks with modern-day smarts

Misfit launches Command hybrid smartwatch, combining classic watch looks with modern-day smarts

By Max Langridge

Misfit has announced the Command Hybrid smartwatch, a mash-up of fitness tracker and smartwatch in a sleek, minimalist body that at first glance looks like a regular analogue watch. It's available in a range of colours and with a either stainless steel... Read more

Fossil unveils the Q Control, its first water-resistant smartwatch with heart rate monitor

Fossil unveils the Q Control, its first water-resistant smartwatch with heart rate monitor

By Max Langridge

Fossil has announced the Q Control, a brand new smartwatch and fitness tracker that has a couple of firsts for the company. It's the first of Fossil's watches to come with a built-in optical heart rate sensor and a water-resistant case, making it ideal... Read more

Nike announces new 'Midnight Fog' Apple Watch with matching trainers

Nike announces new 'Midnight Fog' Apple Watch with matching trainers

By Elyse Betters

Nike and Apple partnered up on a new Nike Apple Watch Series 3.They're releasing the "Midnight Fog edition Nike Apple Watch Cellular + GPS", which is designed to match Nike's new Air VaporMax trainers. Keep in mind, the shoe company, which has a long... Read more

Apple Watch Series 3's mobile connection saves stranded surfer's life

Apple Watch Series 3's mobile connection saves stranded surfer's life

By Max Langridge

A kitesurfer from California who got stranded out in the ocean has said he was able to contact the lifeguard and get taken back to shore all thanks to his Apple Watch Series 3. Apple Watch Series 3 review: A great smartwatch, albeit with plenty of caveats... Read more

Apple WatchOS 4.1 now out: LTE music streaming, GymKit, and more

Apple WatchOS 4.1 now out: LTE music streaming, GymKit, and more

By Elyse Betters

Apple isn't done doling out sweets on Halloween.Alongside the release of iOS 11.1, which brought new emoji and a patch for the KRACK vulnerability, Apple has launched WatchOS 4.1, the first major update to the WatchOS 4 operating system for Apple Watch.... Read more