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Hands-on with Huawei’s first Android Wear smartwatch

For those who like traditional watches on their wrists but are looking for more functionalities from their accessory, the design of a lot of the smartwatches in the market leave a lot to be desired. Chinese OEM Huawei announced their first smartwatch, and it will try to convince that segment of the market to try out their take on the wearable, which looks like an elegant, "normal" watch but is in fact laden with features and functionalities more than just telling the time.

Huawei intros smart wearables at MWC 2015

Huawei is joining the smart wearable industry by unveiling two new wearable devices: the Huawei TalkBand B2 and the Huawei TalkBand N1. The two devices were shown off together with the new Huawei Watch and the MediaPad X2 phablet recently at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona. Actually, this isn't the first time Huawei is venturing into the wearable category but the Chinese manufacturer seems to be serious in joining the bandwagon now by introducing more devices. The new wearables are expected to be the best smart solution to consumers who are looking for wearable devices that can make everyday life simpler yet more convenient.

Acer Liquid Leap+: platform-agnostic, exchangeable straps

If you're in the market for a new wearable device (and after this World Mobile Congress you just might be), Acer is clamoring to have you try out the newest generation of their Smart Activeband line. The Liquid Leap+ is their first foray into the multi-OS wearable market and brings you all the basic features you're looking for in a smartband, with the interchangeable straps adding to your customization.

HTC Grip hands-on: making a grab at wearables and fitness

As speculated before, HTC is indeed coming out with a wearable together with its new fitness partner, Under Armor. Here at MWC 2015, we saw on HTC's floor, not at a smartwatch, but at a no-nonsense smart fitness device. The HTC Grip, like the HTC One M9, is a curious beast, simple, somewhat ingenious, and probably too plain, all at the same time. So will the Grip grip active mobile users' hearts? We took a dive to find out just what it is all about.

AutoWear is a Tasker plug-in for your Android Wear device

We’ve talked about all the wonderful things Tasker is able to do with your Android device here, here, and here – of course, with some investment of your time. The learning curve for Tasker is admittedly steep, but if you learn it, you can basically make your smartphone do anything (well, almost anything). This new plug-in for Tasker called AutoWear, as you may have guessed, will be able to make you do cool things with your Android Wear smartwatch.

LG Watch Urbane gets LTE, NFC, and battery variant

It isn't uncommon for companies to try and squeeze all they can from a winning product, but LG might again be going overboard just a wee bit. Just a week after it unveiled the classy LG Watch Urbane, which has still to make a public appearance at MWC 2015, it is announcing a new variant that might make you think twice about reaching for that new smartwatch. As the name suggests, the LG Watch Urbane LTE adds 4G connectivity, but it is also adding a lot more than that.

Photographer 3D prints VR headset for the OnePlus One

With Samsung jumping on the virtual reality (VR) niche with the Gear VR and Galaxy Note 4 combo, and with LG following close behind teaming up with Google Cardboard plus the LG G3 – not to mention the revival of the View-Master in modern VR style – it will not surprise us if the smaller manufacturers make efforts to jump on this market as well. But as OnePlus has yet to jump on the VR bandwagon, photographer Rene Meeh has taken it upon himself to make a VR headset for his OnePlus One, via 3D printing.

Pebble Time smartwatch has a color screen

One of the first popular and successful smartwatches out there is the Pebble. The watch started on Kickstarter years ago and has proven to be one of the most popular wearables out there for Android users. Pebble has announced a new smartwatch called the Pebble Time and the big feature of the new smartwatch is the color e-paper screen.

Pebble smartwatch with color display surfaces in leak

Rumor has it a Pebble smartwatch with a color display is inbound, and following nicely along with such speculation is a new leaked image showing what is probably the official update (it has since been pulled, but the image survives). In the leak we see a Pebble wearable with a yellow display, and though the shot is front-facing, preventing us from seeing it all, the wearable's overall design has been updated. Whether it is the real deal is yet to be seen, but we won't have to wait long to find out, with Pebble's event coming up shortly.

App now allows Android Wear to play with iOS, sort of

One of the very real issues that any owner of an Android Wear device – that is, mostly Android-powered smartwatches to you who have been living under a rock – is the fact that their smartwatch is rendered practically useless if and when they decide to jump from an Android smartphone or tablet to another platform. In our case, the problem is jumping to iOS. Android Wear doesn’t play with iOS devices, until now, that is.
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