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Microsoft Band is the company's first wearable
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 30, 2014

No big press event, no showbiz style launch, but Microsoft has entered the wearable market today, although don't call its "Microsoft Band" a smartwatch. Interestingly, Redmond has avoided the urge to compete with Android Wear and the Apple Watch with a full wrist accessory and is instead targeting the fitness crowd with the Microsoft Band.

LG G Watch R to launch early November
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 23, 2014

LG has today confirmed that its G Watch R wearable will be available in major European and North American markets during the first days of November. Asian and CIS countries will also be getting the smartwatch in that time frame while LG has also confirmed that the device will be available in select markets via the Google Play Store.

Microsoft smartwatch ready for launch
By Luke Jones on Monday October 20, 2014

Microsoft's arrival in the wearable market has been rumoured for some time and now that just about every mobile rival has at least detailed its plans, now seems as good a time as any. We have seen several reports regarding a Redmond built smartwatch, but the general consensus seems to be that it will not really be a smartwatch, but a fitness band instead.

UPDATE: Sony SmartWatch 3 on Verizon for $249
By Luke Jones on Monday October 13, 2014

Sony is finally taking the US market seriously. In the past the Japanese giant has rolled out mobile products months after they first launch in other markets. However, the company has already detailed plans for the latest Xperia Z3 to land in the US alongside the rest of the world, while the Verizon exclusive Xperia Z3v is also confirmed for launch this month. We can also add to that list Sony's latest wearable, the SmartWatch 3.

ASUS ZenWatch to launch in very limited numbers
By Luke Jones on Monday October 13, 2014

ASUS surprised us at IFA with its ZenWatch wearable. The company's first ever smartwatch had been widely reported to be a budget take on the Android Wear ecosystem, but instead it arrived as a premium device. Sure, it has the same specs we have become used to on Google's platform, but the ZenWatch launched with high end materials and a price tag to match.

Sony launching the SmartWatch 3 with Verizon
By Luke Jones on Saturday October 11, 2014

Sony is finally taking the US market seriously. In the past the Japanese giant has rolled out mobile products months after they first launch in other markets. However, the company has already detailed plans for the latest Xperia Z3 to land in the US alongside the rest of the world, while the Verizon exclusive Xperia Z3v is also confirmed for launch this month. We can also add to that list Sony's latest wearable, the SmartWatch 3.

Samsung could be readying new smartphone UI... goodbye TouchWiz?
By Luke Jones on Saturday October 11, 2014

You may think that as the biggest Android vendor, Samsung is the voice of the platform and shows us exactly what Android is all about. However, that is not actually the case because most Android fans dislike Samsung's TouchWiz Android UI, while others outright hate it. Even some Samsung fans admit it has its considerable flaws.

HTC's RE fails to capture the imagination
By Luke Jones on Thursday October 09, 2014

HTC did not just roll out a new smartphone yesterday, the company also released the RE, a brand new asthma inhaler, I mean toilet pipe, I mean a periscope, I mean camera. Yes, the phallic design of HTC's new camera is hardly in keeping with the company's solid reputation with aesthetics, and that's coming from a fan of HTC hardware. So, what does this camera offer that other point and shoot, actions cams, or even smartphones do not?

HTC explains lack of smartwatch in 2014
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 08, 2014

HTC was widely rumoured to be entering the wearable market this year, so much so that renders of the company's smartwatch leaked online and the device was reportedly ready to roll out in September. It is widely thought that the device was on the verge of being rolled out, but HTC pulled the plug at the last moment and decided to scrap wearable plans.

LG G Watch R rolling out October 14th
By Luke Jones on Wednesday October 08, 2014

LG's G Watch R caused quite a stir when it was first unveiled. This was a smartwatch that also had a round face, a competitor to Motorola's impressive Moto 360 perhaps and possibly the best smartwatch ever made. However, the reality was somewhat different as the G Watch R is a little bit of a compromise; good looking yes, but certainly not the definitive smartwatch release.