​Remembering the Samsung Gear S - and how the next generation can learn from it

​Remembering the Samsung Gear S - and how the next generation can learn from it

We’re entering the era of the bendy wearable smartphone – with new patents from Samsung, a new product in the form of the Nubia Alpha and the whole world of tech getting flexible.

Armani Exchange AX Connected review

Armani Exchange AX Connected review

Running on Google's Wear OS, the Connected unsurprisingly goes high on looks, but it's not scrimping on the big features either bringing built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor and Google Pay to the party.

​And Finally: Samsung’s wearable smartphone revealed

​And Finally: Samsung’s wearable smartphone revealed

While skiing has been a fixture on rival devices – such as Garmin and the TomTom Adventurer (RIP) – it’s little surprise that Apple is looking at things a little differently, and there’s some really interesting detail in this patent.

Garmin Marq will compete with luxury sports watches for your wrist space

Garmin Marq will compete with luxury sports watches for your wrist space

Let's clear up what's actually offered: Marq Captain Marq Driver Marq Aviator Marq Athlete Marq Expedition We've had an early play with the Marq but hope to have our hands on one for further testing to see if Garmin has a future in the world of luxury watches.

Puma's wearable future goes beyond smartwatches and self-lacing shoes

Puma's wearable future goes beyond smartwatches and self-lacing shoes

Just a matter of weeks later, Puma unveiled its own self lacing training shoe based on the sports company's new Fit Intelligence technology that's built for workouts and light running.

Samsung Galaxy missing manual: Everything you need to know about the wearable range

Samsung Galaxy missing manual: Everything you need to know about the wearable range

We're yet to see just how customizable the company can make its new fitness tracker line through the power of faces, but we've already seen how the likes of My Day and the hordes of third-party options can keep Galaxy smartwatches fresh on the wrist.

The future of Kronaby smartwatches looks safe as company is rescued

The future of Kronaby smartwatches looks safe as company is rescued

Kronaby has proved to be one of the best hybrid smartwatches in the world and the newly integrated people and technology will play an important role in the strategic future of our Group.

Fitbit Ionic 2 is happening, says CEO, despite first smartwatch's poor reception

Fitbit Ionic 2 is happening, says CEO, despite first smartwatch's poor reception

However, company CEO James Park told us that its high-end Ionic smartwatch, launched last year, will get a follow-up at some point. “It’s possible a lot of these features become table stakes at some point, but it’s not there yet.” Fitbit’s using its new lineup as an excuse for some spring cleaning.

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is the company's cheapest smartwatch yet

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition is the company's cheapest smartwatch yet

The Fitbit Versa is proving to be a decent seller, so the company is doubling down on its success by launching an even cheaper version of its smartwatch - the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition.

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition first look: Smartwatch cuts the fat, keeps the smarts

Fitbit Versa Lite Edition first look: Smartwatch cuts the fat, keeps the smarts

For 2019, Fitbit is launching a new edition of the watch, the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition, which strips away some features and knocks down the price further still. It’s gone because Fitbit removed the altimeter, which is why the Lite Edition also can’t track how many floors you’ve climbed.

The best kids smartwatches 2019: Top options with games, GPS tracking and more

The best kids smartwatches 2019: Top options with games, GPS tracking and more

Features include GPS for location tracking and an SOS alarm, while 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support and the built-in camera help provide text, voice and video calling wherever your child is.

And finally: Apple Airpods 2 tipped to launch on 29 March

And finally: Apple Airpods 2 tipped to launch on 29 March

This week we headed out to Barcelona for MWC to hunt out some new wearables (more on that below) but we also got serious back home as we explored how your smartwatch's ECG could save your life.

How to set up and connect a Wear OS smartwatch

How to set up and connect a Wear OS smartwatch

You'll need to choose your language (on the watch), then launch the Wear OS app (on your phone) — if Bluetooth is enabled on both devices, you should see a prompt inside the app to get connected straight away, but if not, choose Add a new watch from the menu at the top.

Apple Watch dominated smartwatch sales in 2018 says report

Apple Watch dominated smartwatch sales in 2018 says report

Smartwatch sales are on the rise and the Apple Watch is dominating the market according to the latest report from research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Garmin are considered the main players in this space and apparently account for 8 in 10 of all smartwatches shipped worldwide.

How to install apps on your Wear OS smartwatch

How to install apps on your Wear OS smartwatch

We should also note that when you're running Wear OS 2.0 and above, apps that are installed on your phone won't automatically install extensions on your watch – so if you want to use Google Maps on your wrist, for example, you need to install it on your smartwatch as well as your phone.

Nubia Alpha first look: A bonkers bendy smartwatch that's not actually that bendy

Nubia Alpha first look: A bonkers bendy smartwatch that's not actually that bendy

The Alpha is a 'wearable phone' with a 4-inch flexible OLED touchscreen display that wraps around the wrist with your choice of a black stainless steel band or a more garish-looking 18k gold strap keeping it in place.

How to use voice commands on Wear OS

How to use voice commands on Wear OS

Likewise use the voice commands "send a message to..." or "send an email to..." as a quick way of launching your messaging apps and calling up the relevant contact info—by dictating out the message as well you don't even have to touch the screen.

​How to get music on your Wear smartwatch

​How to get music on your Wear smartwatch

1. Setting up Play Music While you can control other music apps on your phone from your wrist, including Spotify, Google Play Music is currently the only one that lets you store and play music right from your watch, without any need for a phone connection.

Google Fit web app is getting ditched as focus shifts to smartwatches and phones

Google Fit web app is getting ditched as focus shifts to smartwatches and phones

Google has decided to shutter the web version of its Google Fit platform to concentrate on improving the experience on Wear OS and Android devices. Do you rely on Google Fit on the web to check your data?

​Smartwatches grow – but Apple and Fitbit could lose out to Chinese upstarts

​Smartwatches grow – but Apple and Fitbit could lose out to Chinese upstarts

The report states that smaller players will find market share by operating in niches, and points to Withings gaining a foothold in the medical area: “Juniper forecasts that Apple and Withings will lead the way in terms of healthcare integration, followed by Fitbit and Garmin.” And there’s some other interesting predictions.

Wear OS: Ultimate guide to the smartwatch update

Wear OS: Ultimate guide to the smartwatch update

It was revamped back in 2017 and was then rebranded in 2018 as Wear OS with an all-new version of Google Fit. On the way, it's added a host of new features, with an emphasis on custom watch faces, fitness and standalone apps.

And finally: Google's Pixel watch is still happening, says new report

And finally: Google's Pixel watch is still happening, says new report

Add in its deal to buy secret smartwatch tech from Fossil, and it feels like Google is working on something it no doubt hopes can challenges Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and the rest of the big smartwatch-makers.

​How to change the language on Wear OS

​How to change the language on Wear OS

One of the most basic settings you’ll want to get right on your Wear OS smartwatch is which language it’s using – without that set correctly, you’re not going to be able to do much with your wearable.

The A - Z of wearable tech

The A - Z of wearable tech

How most health and fitness wearable tech makes itself useful - collecting data about your body or its performance. The only person patient enough to buy, wear and use most wearable tech before late 2014.

Best waterproof smartwatch to buy 2019

Best waterproof smartwatch to buy 2019

Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50m) | Pool and open water swim tracking : Pool only Wareable verdict : Fossil Sport review $199.95, fossil.com TomTom Spark 3 The Spark 3 is a running watch first with fitness tracking features included in as well.

Apple Watch Series 3 is $80 off on Amazon right now

Apple Watch Series 3 is $80 off on Amazon right now

As for the deal itself - it's one of the best Watch Series 3 offers we've seen for some time, and we're sure it won't be sticking at that price for too long.

Best Fossil smartwatch 2019: Ultimate guide to picking the right option

Best Fossil smartwatch 2019: Ultimate guide to picking the right option

Wareable verdict: Fossil Q Venture HR review From $199, Amazon | fossil.com Best touchscreen smartwatch for men Fossil Q Explorist HR key specs Like the Q Venture detailed above, the male-friendly Q Explorist has been improved and updated for the fourth generation.

Kronaby's hybrid future in doubt as parent company files for bankruptcy

Kronaby's hybrid future in doubt as parent company files for bankruptcy

With its parent company seemingly not making profit and Borge suggesting any new investor would not be expected to take on the debt, this could well be the end of the line for Kronaby.

Fossil's Gen 4 smartwatches get some big deals love on Amazon

Fossil's Gen 4 smartwatches get some big deals love on Amazon

If you're not a massive fan of that Fossil watch look, Amazon also has deals on sub-brands, like Michael Kors and Kate Spade. These are, however, older generation smartwatches, so lack features like Google Pay and those additional sports tracking features we mentioned above.

Huawei could be working on a smartwatch that powers a pair of AR smartglasses

Huawei could be working on a smartwatch that powers a pair of AR smartglasses

Read next: What we know so far about Huawei's AR smartglasses As described by Huawei, the concept would involve lightweight and inexpensive AR technology, with the smartwatch bolstering the experience by providing a camera, display and microphone on the right arm.

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