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LG to launch G Watch with Android Wear

LG is getting in on the Android Wear game.

The company has built a smartwatch in partnership with Google that it will call the G Watch, LG confirmed on Tuesday. The G Watch runs Google's modified wearables platform, Android Wear.

Engadget earlier reported the news.

LG didn't provide any details on the device, but an image in the Engadget report shows the device with flight times. The G Watch will work with voice commands and will come to market sometime in the second quarter, LG said.

Google on Tuesday announced Android Wear. The platform is a modified version … Read more

Analysts on Apple: Looking to iPhone 6 upside

Wedge Partners and Pacific Crest weighed in on the rumored iPhone 6 this week, with Wedge also offering speculation on other possible products like the iWatch and a bigger iPad as well as strategies for services at Apple.

Overall, the research note from Wedge Partners' Brian Blair, as posted by Barron's, was upbeat, stating that "Apple's next array of products" provide an "opportunity" for investors. Apple shares have an upside this year of more than 20 percent, he said.

Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest was also optimistic, citing the iPhone 6.

"Apple is … Read more

This Android SmartWatch doesn't run Android

CNET Update examines a different breed of Android:

The Android watch has been around since before Google ever existed. Android Watches USA has made traditional timepieces under the Android brand name since 1991. And it's only now that the Florida-based company is getting into wearable tech with the Android SmartWatch. But ironically, it doesn't run Google's Android operating system. It runs the timekeeper's own software.

The CEO of Android Watches USA, Wing Liang, (an iPhone owner) said that as the smartwatch craze heats up, his company is frequently fighting to protect the Android watch trademark from … Read more

The two things that need to happen before wearable tech goes mainstream: Google and Apple

There's a flood of wearable tech arriving early 2014, and it feels unavoidable. Look around and spit, and there's a product in the works. Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Pebble, Garmin. They're all coming sooner or later, be it by wrist or glass. January, February, March, April: most of the wearable gear we've seen at CES and Mobile World Congress will be here before you know it.

So fast, so soon, so sudden: does it mean wearable tech's great time has come? Or, does it really mean what I think it means, that everyone's trying … Read more

Samsung reveals Galaxy S5 with new wearables

CNET Update checks for a pulse:

In this episode of Update, get a quick summary of Samsung's new smartphone and wearable accessories. The Samsung Galaxy S5 includes a fingerprint scanner on the home button, similar to its nemesis, the iPhone 5S. But it also is water-resistant with a heart-rate monitor and improved camera.

Those looking for a hybrid between a fitness-tracker and a smartwatch will be intrigued by the Gear Fit. It does more than count steps: the curved screen shows the time and it can measure pulse with a heart-rate sensor on the inside.

Samsung also revealed the … Read more

Google, LG working on smartwatch to be unveiled in June

BARCELONA, Spain--Google and LG are about to jump into the smartwatch game together.

Google is set to unveil plans for its smartwatch-centric operating system in March, likely in a blog post, according to a person familiar with its plans. The actual smartwatch itself will make its debut at its Google I/O conference in June, the person said.

With its smartwatch, Google will employ a Nexus-like model in which it designs the software and controls virtually every aspect of the launch, leaving the hardware details to a partner who takes a backseat in terms of visibility. In this case, LG … Read more

Tech transforms playtime at Toy Fair 2014

CNET Update forgot to feed the Tamagotchi:

The annual Toy Fair show in New York City offers a glimpse at how technology influences tomorrow's toys. In this episode of Update, you'll see the evolution of the Battroborg Warrior fighting robots. These wireless mini bots now swing swords instead of punches. The wireless controller is designed to look like a katana handle, and you try to knock down the opponent with each swing. Moving your warrior around the arena does take some getting used to. These will arrive in the fall, costing $30 for one warrior or $70 for … Read more

Classic arcade watch puts a game cabinet on your wrist

You love classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders, and you want the world to know it. You could wear a hip T-shirt with a Donkey Kong logo on it, or you could scrap all sense of subtly and strap ThinkGeek's classic arcade watch to your wrist.

The watch looks like a mini arcade cabinet complete with a tiny joystick and little red button. What it actually does is tell the time with a pair of moving asteroids and a spaceship. The fictional game on display is called "Galactic Defense." It comes out in March for $59.99.… Read more

An Apple watch? The hints have been out there

Apple has strongly hinted that it will enter new product categories in 2014. And it's about time -- not in the sense that it's been too long, but in the sense that the timing follows a pattern of a major new product category every few years.

Two of the most oft-speculated devices for the Apple queue are a television and a watch (known by its rumor-mill shorthand as the "iWatch").

The company's recent video service moves beyond offering just Netflix and iTunes -- the addition of many streaming services on Apple TV such as Qello, … Read more