Monday Poll: Do You Own a Smartwatch?

We enter 2015 after a year in which Google decided to takeover the wearable market with Android Wear. Companies had tried before Android Wear to make smartwatches, but if we are being honest, have to admit that most were quite terrible. That’s not to say that Android Wear is a perfect option, but it’s safe to say that it is currently the best option, as well as an option that should only get better over time. Companies like Motorola, LG, and ASUS have all bought into Google’s wearable platform, even giving us more choices than I think most expected.

With a year full of 2nd generation wearables surely on the horizon, we are wondering how many of you have already jumped into the game early and picked up a smartwatch? (Who would do such a thing with the Apple Watch on the way!) Do you own a Moto 360? One of the G Watches, perhaps? Or maybe you own one of the other options, like say a Gear Live, Gear 2, Zenwatch, Pebble, etc.? If so, be sure to jump into the comments to talk about your specific watch.

If you don’t own a smartwatch yet, be sure to let us know why.

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Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit Update Improves All Sorts of Fitness Issues

We weren’t exactly kind to the Samsung Gear Fit in our review of it, because well, as a fitness tracker it completely failed in many of our tests over the simplest of things. But, that hasn’t kept Samsung from doing its best to try and improve the Fit, along with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Today, the company announced that a new update will begin to rollout that improves the overall experience.

Things like a more accurate pedometer, improved heart rate accuracy, and an updated sleep mode that disables the screen-wake gesture are all included.  (more…)

Samsung Gear 2 Discounted to $269 Through eBay

Since Samsung has already taken full control over the smartphone market, they decided for 2014 that it was time to make the wearables market theirs as well. So even though they released the original Galaxy Gear at the end of 2013, they introduced three new Gear devices alongside the Galaxy S5. One of those is the Gear 2, a device that just so happens to be 10% off through eBay this week.

For $269.99, with free economy shipping, you can pick-up Samsung’s latest smartwatch that originally retailed for $299. The Gear 2 has a camera, AMOLED display, tracks fitness activities, is capable of placing phone calls, and comes in a variety of colors, three of which are included in this deal (silver, gold, or orange).

Keep in mind that this device only works with Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5, Note 3, Galaxy S4, etc.

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Samsung Wants Gear Watches to Work With Other Android Devices

In a recent article posted on Reuters, a Samsung executive covered many different subjects; including its Gear line of smartwatches, an upcoming Galaxy Note device, and also about how the Galaxy S5 will dominate the Galaxy S4 in regards to sales.

What caught our attention was a mention of the Gear smartwatch lineup, and Samsung’s reported wanting of its compatibility with smartphones from all of the different Android manufacturers, not just its own devices.  (more…)

Samsung SIM-enabled Gear Smartwatch to be Called Gear Solo?

According to a new report out of Korea, Samsung isn’t quite done yet releasing products in the wearable field. The company recently unveiled three new wearable devices, the Gear 2, Gear Neo, and the Gear Fit, but in true Samsung fashion, there is more!

The company is set to release a SIM-enabled version of the Gear 2, reportedly called Gear Solo, in Korea and possibly more countries down the road.  (more…)

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit Now Up for Pre-order From Amazon, Ship April 11

Samsung’s new lineup of sporty wearables – Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit – is up for pre-order through Amazon already, all of which show a launch date of April 11. If that date sounds familiar, that’s because the Galaxy S5 is launching globally on that day as well.

We’ve got links to all items below, but in case you were wondering, pricing looks like this:  Gear 2 ($299), Gear 2 Neo ($199), and Gear Fit ($199).  (more…)