[Update: Rolling out now] Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and more

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According to a new support page, Android Wear 2.9 is rolling out now. As long as your watch has some version of Android Wear 2.0, you should get it Google just started rolling out Android Wear 2.8 earlier this month, but it's already talking about Wear 2.9. Like the last update, this one isn't making huge changes to the nature of Wear. It does, however, include a few new options for notification counters on your watch face and some changes to the way developers handle ...

[Deal Alert] Verizon’s discontinued Wear24 smartwatch is down to just $49.99 ($300 off) with coupon code

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Last May, Verizon thought it would be a good idea to start selling a $350 Android Wear smartwatch. Several months later, it discontinued the Wear24, and the leftovers have been popping up at a steep discount ever since. Today, the Wear24 has hit an all-time low price of just $50. That's $300 less than the original price. The Wear24 is mostly the same spec-wise as any other "premium" Wear device right now. It has a Snapdragon 2100 chip, 4GB of storage, and has a ...

Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch now available for $275-295

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Earlier this month, Fossil announced new Android Wear-based smartwatches, under its Kate Spade and Skagen brands. Both watches use the same round frame that the Misfit Vapor and Fossil Q Control have, but with different lug styles and bands. Now you can buy the Skagen Falster smartwatch, starting at $275. The watch has a Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, with a round OLED screen of an unspecified resolution. Compared to the Misfit Vapor and Fossil Q Control, the Falster has a larger side button and larger ...

Android Wear v2.9 will add unread notification counter and more

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Google just started rolling out Android Wear 2.8 earlier this month, but it's already talking about Wear 2.9. Like the last update, this one isn't making huge changes to the nature of Wear. It does, however, include a few new options for notification counters on your watch face and some changes to the way developers handle complications. Starting in Wear 2.9, a dot-style indicator (which was optional before) will be displayed by default at the bottom of watch faces to indicate you have unread ...

TAG Heuer has an Android Wear watch that costs $200K

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TAG Heuer's been showing off a bunch of its watches in Geneva, and one model, in particular, has caught our eye. In addition to the new smaller and cheaper Modular 41 announced yesterday, TAG Heuer has been showing off a diamond-encrusted white gold version of its Modular 45. This Android Wear-powered ostentation can be yours for a mere $200K (190’000 CHF).  The watch is part of TAG Heuer's Modular 45 series, though this model has the "Full Diamond" name attached to it as well, which makes ...

Blocks modular smartwatch has started shipping to backers after official launch at CES

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BLOCKS, the world’s first modular smartwatch, launches at CES BLOCKS showcases five new modules, Android Oreo and Amazon Alexa Las Vegas — January 9, 2018 – Two years in the making following a $1.6 million crowdfunding campaign, BLOCKS showcases the first device of its kind in the wearables market - a modular smartwatch. BLOCKS Core is a fully featured smartwatch on its own that has smartphone notifications, fitness tracking, Amazon Alexa and a whole range of apps and other features. Its functionality can be extended by adding ...

[Deal Alert] Misfit Vapor is €139.99/£129.50 (30% off) with promo code in the UK, Germany, Italy, and France

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We know how much of a tease many of our Deal Alert posts can be for our readers outside the US and Canada, so let's end the year on a more inclusive note, shall we? Misfit is giving folks in the UK, Germany, Italy, and France 30% off of its Vapor smartwatch and other products via a promo code. If you live elsewhere, there's a separate promo code to get the same discount on a more limited set of products. If you live in the UK, ...

Garmin launches the Vivofit 4 fitness tracker with a year of battery life

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OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the vívofit 4, a daily activity tracker1 with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary – and a sunlight-readable, always-on color display. Designed for 24/7 wearability, the vívofit 4 is swim- and shower-safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. The vívofit 4 is ready to go right out of the box, and can be paired with a smartphone for additional features. Easy to set up and simple to operate, all ...