Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0

Misfit is announcing today that its fitness-focused Vapor smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0 when it launches later this year. The Vapor was first announced at CES earlier this year and features a fully circular display, standalone GPS, a heart rate sensor, and a touch-sensitive ring around the screen. It will start at $199 and come in five colors when it hits shelves in late summer. Preston Moxcey, Fossil’s general manager of Misfit, says that Android Wear makes the product more customizable [Read Entire Story]

Samsung launches iPhone app for Gear smartwatches

Samsung has released the long-awaited iOS apps for its Gear wearable accessories, including the Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches and the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker. The two new apps let you set up and pair the devices with an iPhone. Prior to this, the Gear devices were only compatible with Android devices. Samsung says that the Gear S app will let you download and install apps on the smartwatches, push notifications from the phone to the watch, as well as sync health and fitness data with S Health. [Read Entire Story]

Huawei’s new fitness tracker features continuous heart rate tracking

Huawei is announcing a new fitness tracker today, the simply-named Huawei Fit. The Fit is a watch-style fitness tracker, with a round face, and always-on, monochrome touchscreen. It counts steps, tracks sleep, and can continuously monitor heart rate during workouts. It is available at Best Buy, Amazon, and Newegg starting today for $129.99. The Fit’s appearance is very similar to the Pebble Time Round from last year, and if you put them side-by-side, only a trained eye would be able to spot the [Read Entire Story]

Google is shutting down its answer to the Apple Watch’s Digital Touch

Google has revealed that it will be shutting down the Together watch face feature in Android Wear on September 30th. As first reported by Android Police, the latest version of the Android Wear app informs users of the coming shutdown when they attempt to configure Together. Google says that "many of the best features of Together will be integrated directly into" the forthcoming Android Wear 2.0 update, due to arrive sometime this fall. Together was launched just about a year ago and is best [Read Entire Story]

This is a no-fuss way to add USB ports to your wall outlets

It's super convenient to have USB ports integrated into your wall outlets — it makes charging your smartphone, tablet, fitness tracker, smartwatch, or whatever as easy as plugging it into the wall. Unfortunately, getting a USB port in your wall outlet usually involves some sort of wiring and replacement of your current wall outlets. The SnapPower charger doesn't, however; it just replaces the outlet cover and adds a USB port below the standard power outlets. That means there's no wiring involved [Read Entire Story]

Pebble smartwatch gets text message replies with Verizon iPhones

Pebble smartwatch owners that are using an iPhone on Verizon can now send text message replies from their wrist, according to an announcement from the company published today. The feature, which originally launched last year for AT&T iPhone users, lets Pebble owners reply to incoming messages with a voice note, emoji, or a customizable preset text response. The Pebble line of smartwatches are the first non-Apple devices to have this kind of feature and the company says it is working to add [Read Entire Story]

Fossil adds two new watches to its Android Wear lineup

Fossil is expanding its Android Wear smartwatch lineup today with two new models: the Q Wander and Q Marshal. The new watches follow the Q Founder that was released late last year and offer alternative designs to the Founder's heavy metal frame. They will be available later this year, starting at $275. Both new watches are smaller than the Q Founder, with the Wander featuring a 44mm case and the Marshal offering a 46mm case. The Wander has a more feminine design, with a gold finish and softer [Read Entire Story]

Pebble cuts the price of Time and Time Round smartwatches | The …

Pebble today is dropping the price of its Time and Time Round smartwatches to $149.99 and $199.99, respectively. This is a $50 drop from the prior prices, and matches some of the time-limited... SOURCE: smartwatches - Google Blog Search - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Tag Heuer's Carrera Connected is a damning critique of smartwatches

Ask someone you know to name watchmakers and you'll likely hear a few familiar brands: Rolex, Timex, Swatch, and others. But ask them to name some smartwatch makers and you'll hear totally... SOURCE: smartwatches - Google Blog Search - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]