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Pebble Time pre-orders on Best Buy will start by June 22

Now that the Kickstarter supporters have received their Pebble Time (supposedly) by this time, what about the next-to-early adapters who want to have their own new smartwatch? Well, if you're eager to have one, you'd have to wait a little longer. But the good news is that you can pre-order already by June 22 through their exclusive partner is BestBuy.com, if you live in the US, that is. If you live somewhere else, then you'd have to wait until the US residents have pre-ordered theirs.

Moto 360 still unable to receive Android Wear update

If your smartwatch runs on the Android Wear platform, you've probably been enjoying the latest update, version 5.1.1, for the past month or so. But if you own a Motorola 360, then you'd probably have been waiting in vain. The OEM confirms that until now, they are dealing with performance issues and the end isn't in sight anytime soon, without going into the specifics of the delay. Sadly, owners of the wearable have no choice but to wait until the issues are settled.

Developer close to porting Android Wear for iOS

If Google won't get to it faster, a developer might beat them to having Android Wear smartwatches working with iPhones. While of course this is not an official port, if you're that eager to connect your iPhone with your smartwatch that is not an Apple Watch or a Pebble, then this may be the only way to do so. Android developer MohammadAG shared in a Reddit discussion that he is this close to having his app approved in the App Store.

See your smartwatch “move” with Animated watch faces app

Our expectations regarding smartwatches is vastly different from a few years back, when all we wanted/needed was for it to have notifications and monitor our activities. Now we expect them to have all the bells and whistles we get from our smartphones. When it comes to its look and feel, our wants have also evolved. We now want them to either be funkier or more like a traditional watch. Now, we also expect or watch faces to "entertain" us. Animated watch faces may do just that.

Send messages through voice with Touchless Chat Android app

While digital voice assistants can do a lot of things already, sometimes, you'd want them to just do a basic function, like messaging. Fortunately, you have apps that can do that for you now. One of the "smartest" in the market is called Touchless Chat, and based on its name, you already know what it's all about. Using the power of voice commands, you'll be able to initiate sending messages from Google Now or through a widget, all without touching your device.

QiLaunch Wear now availalbe in beta testing for your Android Wear

While smartwatch screens are obviously smaller, it is still sometimes time consuming, not to mention battery consuming, to tap and swipe down your menu, especially when you have a lot of apps and sub-folders on your wearable. Thank goodness for smartwatch app launchers eh? A new one called QiLaunch Wear is now available for beta testing, and it aims to just reduce the time and effort to look for apps but also preserve your Android Wear-run smartwatch's battery life.

Wifi on LG G Watch R enabled via mod

We’ve talked about the fact that LG has not activated the wifi feature on the LG G Watch R when it pushed out the Android 5.1.1 update. The device clearly has wifi hardware in it, and is certified by the FCC to run wifi. Maybe it was a marketing decision to activate all features in the much more expensive LG Watch Urbane and hype that instead of the basic LG G Watch R wearable/smartwatch. That being the case does not however stop the good people at XDA to create their mods and try activating the feature. That day has arrived, ladies and gentlemen.

Blocks Wearables intros new first modular smartwatch, more details here

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch we featured last year? Well, we've got more good news about the first wearable device from the company. The project will be released through a crowdfunding site later this summer. It will run the latest Android Lollipop OS and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. This information was shared during the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan where Qualcomm shared more details about the wearable in a keynote.
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