This $250 Wear OS-powered smartwatch promises month-long battery life

Most Wear OS-based smartwatches require charging after a single day, but Mobvoi is attempting to buck the trend with its new $249 TicWatch Pro, which it claims can last between five to thirty days on a single charge, thanks to a layered display and a special power-saving mode. The TicWatch Pro’s screen, housed in a large 45mm case, includes an OLED display, as well as a more basic Film compensated Super Twisted Nematic (FSTN) LCD display. The latter is transparent and sits atop the OLED display, [Read Entire Story]

Pebble smartwatches could get a new lease on life with Rebble.io

With support for Pebble devices scheduled to end in a couple of weeks, a group of developers interested in extending the platform is reaching out to users asking them to set up new accounts on "Rebble." According to the team, "Our present focus is on... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google is reportedly launching a Pixel watch (or three) this October

We didn’t see a whole lot of Wear OS at Google I/O this year, but the word on the street is that the company will reveal some fresh hardware later this year. According to tipster Evan Blass, Google will show off a Pixel-branded smartwatch alongside the next Pixel phones and Pixel Buds at its annual hardware unveiling in October. Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me — with high confidence — that Google's fall hardware event will also introduce a [Read Entire Story]

LG is readying a new Wear OS smartwatch

Ever since Google rebranded Android Wear as Wear OS, there's been a lingering question: when would there be a new smartwatch to spearhead Google's wearable revival? Apparently, the answer is "soon." An FCC filing has revealed an LG-made Wear OS dev... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Casio is reportedly done making compact cameras

Sure, Casio may be known more for remaining committed to digital wristwatches while introducing its own take on the smartwatch fad. But the company has kept a foothold in the compact camera market, producing inexpensive little devices that casual shu... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock

Unlocking an August Smart Lock with your phone is easy enough, but if you have an Apple Watch, you don't even need to have your phone with you. Apple's smartwatch can now unlock any August-branded smart lock, so long as you're specified as its "owner... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $30 on an Apple Watch Series 3

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here. SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Apple will reportedly replace Intel chips in Macs with its own in 2020

Apple has been manufacturing chips to use in its Macs for a while now, though the ARM-based silicon mostly backs up Intel's main CPUs during laptop "Power Nap" sessions. The company also makes its own silicon for iOS and Apple Watch devices. Now, acc... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Instagram is the latest to drop its Apple Watch app

The trend of companies pulling their Apple Watch apps isn't quite done yet. Instagram has quitely removed its Apple Watch app as of the latest iOS app update, leaving you without a way to check your photo feed on your wrist. The company didn't have... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Report: Apple Watch 4 to get a larger screen and longer battery life

As we edge past the first quarter of 2018, KGI Securities is firing up the Apple rumor mill with info about the company’s next smartwatch. The fourth-generation wearable is said to feature a display that’s 15 percent larger than the ones on existing models, which are available in 38mm and 42mm sizes. Hopefully that means slimmer bezels, as well as a higher-capacity battery that’ll keep the Watch Series 4 humming longer than a day on a single charge. The current-gen Apple Watch was a big step-up [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s cheaper, smaller smartwatch leaks out

It's crunch time for Fitbit as it searches for a way to get plenty more folks buying its smartwatches. On Monday, the company said that it was planning a "family" of devices for 2018, including a watch that was cheaper than the Ionic and aimed at the... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit extends support for Pebble watches until June 30th

If you're still holding on to your Pebble smartwatch for dear life, we have good news: you won't have to let go for a while longer. Fitbit has extended its support for Pebble services from the original end-of-2017 cutoff to June 30th, 2018. You now... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Future Apple Watch models could get EKG heart monitoring

We've already seen an EKG band for the Apple Watch, but now Apple is reportedly working on bringing the feature directly into its smartwatch, Bloomberg reports. With EKG monitoring, the Apple Watch would be able to track electrical signals from your... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Adidas closes its digital sports division

Sportswear brands might be reviving their interest in fitness technology, but Adidas is staging its comeback in a very roundabout way. The company's American segment is closing its dedicated digital sports division and folding the group's work into... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Garmin’s vivoactive 3 smartwatch can now help you pay for things

Garmin is mostly known for fitness watches, but introduced something with the launch of its new vivoactive 3 smartwatch: Contactless payments. Several months after announcing this new feature would debut with the wearable, the company's Garmin Pay sy... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Life insurer offers members a $25 Apple Watch (if they earn it)

You might have heard of insurers discounting the Apple Watch before, but never quite like this. John Hancock is offering all its Vitality life insurance policy holders (including newcomers) an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 so long as they use it and r... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit Ionic review: Good fitness tracker, passable smartwatch

Fitbit's first real smartwatch was the worst kept secret in tech. After months of rumors, leaks and the acquisition of smartwatch pioneer Pebble that all but revealed the company's intentions, Fitbit presented the Ionic to the world. It was a promisi... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Samsung’s cellular smart tag lasts for a week on one charge

Smart products have given us the tools we need to track personal items, and even loved ones. Want to know where your kids are? Buy them a custom smartwatch. Worried about losing your suitcase? Grab some connected luggage. Looking to keep a watchful e... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Red Sox reportedly cheated with a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch

Reports that the Boston Red Sox cheated in games with an Apple Watch may have been slightly off the mark. A source speaking to Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo claims that the team used a Fitbit device, not Apple's smartwatch. It's not certa... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch will help diabetics track glucose levels

Fitbit is pairing up with Dexcom, a company that creates continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for people with diabetes. In an announcement today, the companies say that their first initiative is to bring Dexcom's monitoring device data to Fitb... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Review: Michael Kors’ new Access smartwatches show fashion brands could save Android Wear

While Android phone makers seem to be giving up on Android Wear, traditional fashion brands only seem to be embracing it more. And you know what? It might be one of the best things for the future of the smartwatch. Michael Kors’ new Sofie and Grayson smartwatches are not just good-looking watches, they’re all-around solid gadgets. I had my concerns. Last year’s model, the Dylan, wasn’t quite to my taste. The design was nice – which is ultimately what matters for a fashion brand – but it had [Read Entire Story]

The smartwatch market is actually performing pretty well

While the wearables field is proving a tough space for many companies, smartwatches are apparently doing quite well. In a report from International Data Corporation on this year's second quarter earnings, sales numbers show that wearables are up 10.3... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]