Report: Samsung to announce Galaxy Gear 3 next month

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Samsung is reportedly about to launch yet another Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this time with a curved display.

PocketNow claims to have all the details on the purported Galaxy Gear 3, though the site doesn't reveal much about its unnamed source. If the report is accurate, the Gear 3's display will be rectangular, but not as long as the one on Samsung's Galaxy Gear Fit. However, the display will reportedly have a more pronounced curve, and the side bezels will be much narrower.

The source further claims that Samsung is removing the camera this time around, but adding a cellular radio. It's unclear whether this is the same watch as the “Gear Solo” with integrated SIM card that was rumored to be in development earlier this year.

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Wearable shipments skyrocket, but user apathy still spells trouble for manufacturers

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While shipments of smartwatches and fitness bands have ballooned over the last year, not everyone’s falling in love with wearables quite yet.

Wearable shipments increased 684 percent from the first half of 2013 to the first half of this year, according to Canalys. Shipments of basic fitness bands reached roughly 4.4 million units, while smartwatch shipments hit roughly 1.8 million units.

Canalys said growth in fitness bands—led by Fitbit and Jawbone—was aided by stronger relationships with retailers internationally. Smartwatches, meanwhile, were practically non-existent a year ago, so their numbers could only go up. Samsung’s Gear series has since led the way in shipments, followed by Pebble and Sony’s SmartWatch. (Samsung’s Gear Live and LG’s G Watch, both of which run Android Wear, won’t be counted until Canalys’ next report.)

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Pebble smartwatch gets ESPN score-tracking app in time to kickoff the NFL season

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ESPN is throwing its weight behind Pebble with a new score tracking app for the smartwatch.

The ESPN app lets you track two games at once on Pebble's 1.26-inch display. It'll occasionally vibrate with game and score updates, though you can also flick your wrist to update the game's status immediately.

Pebble first announced the ESPN app in January, while also revealing the high-end Pebble Steel. It's unclear why the app has taken so long to arrive, but at least it's here in time for the NFL season.

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Latest Google Glass update makes contacts easier to deal with

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Google Glass Explorers are getting a much-needed update that brings more of their personal contacts within reach.

Users will be able to scroll through their entire address books, and can use voice commands to reach 20 of their most recent and starred contacts. The update also lets users choose between Hangouts, email and SMS whenever they tap on a contact—this instead of having to choose a default method.

Contact management used to be more of a hassle. You had to open the MyGlass smartphone app or visit the MyGlass Website, press an “add a contact card” button and type in the name of each contact. With the update, users can just scroll through their phone’s existing contacts app and use the star button to mark their favorites.

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Kreyos smartwatch is just the latest crowdfunded, wearable horror story

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Ever since Pebble struck it big on Kickstarter, there’s been no shortage of startups looking to cash in with their own smartwatches, fitness bands and gesture-control rings. But as backers of the Kreyos Meteor smartwatch have discovered, funding these projects on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is a risky proposition, and one that rarely goes as planned.

Android Police has spotted a devastating account from Kreyos backers, describing a company that has grown increasingly hostile toward the people who funded the campaign. Among the backers’ complaints:

  • Many backers haven’t received their watches, nearly 10 months after the anticipated delivery date.
  • Those who have received watches aren’t getting what they were promised. There’s no Windows Phone app, no gesture control, no gamification platform and no sleep tracking. Waterproofing doesn’t work properly, battery life doesn’t last anywhere close to the advertised seven days, and there are many bugs.
  • Shortly before shipping the first units, Kreyos amended its terms of service to deny refunds for Indiegogo backers. Those who pre-ordered outside Indiegogo must wait to receive their watches before returning them for refunds.
  • The Kreyos team has reportedly been deleting complaints from its Facebook page.
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Asus to launch Android Wear smartwatch on September 3 at IFA

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Asus is throwing itself into the increasingly crowded field of wearables, teasing its own Android Wear smartwatch Tuesday. 

The company posted an image to Twitter that features a watch silhouette and details an announcement date of Sept 3 at the Berlin IFA conference.

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Full Moto 360 details leaked by premature Best Buy listing

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In just over two weeks, Motorola is expected to announce pricing and an availability date for the Moto 360. But it looks like Best Buy spilled the beans about the device a little bit early—including a possible $250 price tag.

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Best Buy's leaked Moto 360 product page via Google's cache.

Over the weekend, Droid Life spotted a product page for the Moto 360 on Best Buy's site that included specs and the aforementioned pricing. The page has since been taken down, but at this writing was still available in the cache of both Bing and Google.

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