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Bhushan is our Editor based in India. Bhushan is a smart, tech savvy person and his world revolves around cool and smart gadgets. He is especially passionate about smart watches.

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    Last week, LG went out announcing its new all-metal luxury smartwatch the LG Watch Urbane which it is going to unveil at the MWC 2015 expo next week in Barcelona. This is a luxurious all-metal Android Wear timepiece from the company which comes with thinner design. Giving it a premium look, the smartwatch will come in two options of gold and silver finish.

    The device will have almost similar specs to the LG Watch R with 1.3inch P-OLED display. Now as a part of the promotion, the company has released a 60-second video of the Watch Urbane. Through this video, we get a chance to see how would the different watch faces look on the new premium dial. Moreover, the video also shows some possible strap options for the watch.

    Online retailer Expansys has already started taking pre-orders for the smartwatch with a guessing price of $410.50. Take a look at the video below.

    source: LGMobile

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    Pebble Technologies that had some very great time with its first smartwatch “Pebble” as we know is out back with its successor. The Pebble Smartwatch is one of the most successful wearable in the market at very affordable price of just $149. The new Pebble smartwatch is known as the Pebble Time as it comes with a new Timeline user interface and a color screen, while it still maintains the USP of its predecessor which is its 7 day long battery life.

    The new Pebble Time has a new stylish and premium timeline UI, with more better animations and looks more faster and responsive that the original one. However, it is said that the same interface is likely to arrive in the Pebble and the Pebble Steel smartwatch. The major new addition is the inclusion of a microphone that will allow users to leave short voice mails. However, note that this is not a smartwatch replacement. Let’s have a look into the details.

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    Design

    The new Pebble Time is now even lighter and thinner. The body measures 9.5mm which  is 20% less compared to the first Pebble. The appearance makes it look like plastic but the bezels are of metal. A slight curved back fits snugly over the wrist offering a more comfortable fit. The screen at the top is made of toughened scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and you can even save it from water impact, but keep in mind don’t keep it exposed to water for too long and don’t dive.

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    The new Pebble Time has got different style bands with the standard 22mm size. The standard retails box is said to be coming with a soft silicon band and users can swap it for different choices available.

    User interface and apps

    The new Pebble Timeline now comes with more than 6500 Pebble apps and watchfaces. The new Timeline interface offers easy navigation between watchfaces and apps where users can click on the top key to go back in time, click the middle key to go to current moment and the bottom key for seeing of future appointments and events. There are plentiful animation supporting this and the UI now runs much faster and smoother than before.

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    Pebble Time price and release Date

    Just like the last time, the Pebble Time is too a Kickstarter funded project where the smartwatch has already received a stunning response in less than 24 hours and has way past its goal. For early bids, the watch will be available for $159 and the regular MRP is tipped to be $199. The release time is expected to be in May 2015. If you really interested to contribute and buy one for yourself click the source link below and follow the details.

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    Source: KickStarter

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    The Apple Watch is very likely to be announced anytime soon in April 2015 and now the latest news coming from the industry show that Apple has collaborated with LG for supplying of the Plastic OLED display for the Apple Watch. LG has already been supplying the displays for the iPads and this relation is said to extend even for the Apple Watch, as per JP Morgan analyst JJ Park.

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    LG is said to be the fore-runner as far as producing flexible lightning panels with plastic make, is considered. This means that LG will easily be able to meet the demands as the Cupertino giant is expecting to sell around a whopping 26 to 29 million watches this year with increased sales of 61million the following year. This means a huge business opportunity to LG. However, analysts have predicted that Apple could ship only around 8-10 million watches by this year, which too is a big number.

    Just few days back, we told you about Apple asking Samsung for supplying some of the chipsets for the Apple Watch. We will get you with more details as things get official.

    source: Barron’s Asia

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      Recent reports coming from the industry show that the Android Wear 5.0.2 is being rolled out to three major smart wearable namely the Lg G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live and the Motorola Moto 360. However, with these update, no new features are added but it offers to update the Google Play Services and even adding system optimization to the timepieces.

      However, before updating to the latest Android Wear version, make sure your watch’s battery is charged at least up to 80%. After you receive the update notification, press “Download” and the update will start soon.

      The build number for this Android Wear 5.0.2 update for the Samsung Gear Live is LWX49K and that for Moto 360 is LWX49L. Other Android Wear watches like the Asus ZenWatch and LG G Watch could receive the update very soon.

      source: ModYourPhone (translated)

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        The South Korean tech giant seems to take the smartwatch competition even further this time at the MWC 2015 expo. The company has recently announced an all-metal luxurious Android Wear smartwatch called as the LG Watch Urbane. This watch carries its own style statement and is designed for the sophisticated urban user. The LG Watch urbane has a full metal body and a changeable leather strap which can be swapped with other 22mm wide bands. The LG Watch Urbane will be available in two variants of polished Gold and silver finish.

        Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said, “The LG Watch Urbane’s classic design and smart features make it the perfect smartwatch to complement our G Watch and G Watch R, which were designed as more casual and active devices”.

        Looking to its specs, the LG Watch Urbane has a 1.3 inch circular P-OLED display with 320×320 resolution and 245 ppi density. This is similar to the LG G Watch R but comes with even narrow bezels and thinner profile so as to be used by both men and women. The smart wearable has got a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor to measure the heart-rate and pulse during exercise. It too has the ‘always-on’ ambient mode that shows time continuously in dim mode and saves a large battery life. The watch has got a touch-based UI compatible with Android 4.3 and above running smartphones. The processor chip is quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 512MB of LPDDR2 RAM, 4GB internal storage and 410mAh of battery life. It is also IP67 certified making it dust and water proof. The dimensions are 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm.

        The pricing will be announced later during the availability in local markets. Take a look at the official images below.

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        Source LG

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          Recent reports show that Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei is coming with its own stand-alone smartwatch with 4G LTE connectivity which is likely to be announced at the MWC 2015. The company has released teasers that states “Next is here”. One of them is likely showing up Huawei’s next timepiece. The round design in the teaser along with a star could probably be a design for its smartwatch. Last year, the company already announced its fitness band the Huawei TalkBand B1 that doubles with Bluetooth headpiece.

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          Company CEO Richard Yu is likely to pitch their smart wearable against the Gear S and said that it would be more “innovative and beautiful.” On seeing the teaser images carefully, the 4G LTE logo seen in the upper left corner indicates the connectivity option that the smartwatch is most likel to come up with.

          With just over a week to go for the MWC 2015, we will get you with more official details regarding Huawei’s timepiece.

          source: Huawei

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            Japan based JDI is one of the biggest company for making mobile displays and now the company ventured in making smartwatch screens.  In the image it shows a round screen and is of the reflective type. The display maker says that this could significantly result into lesser consumption of battery.

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            In comparison to the traditional LCD display the power consumption with reflective type screen will as low as 0.5%. In LCD panel 80% battery consumption takes place by the display.

            The smartwatch screen by JDI is of 1.34inch having 320×320 resolution and is said to undergo mass production in July this year. This means we can see many of the smartwatches coming next year to have these JDI display that majorly work for lower battery juice consumption.

            Source (in Japanese)

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              Do you remember last year Samsung patented a circular dial smartwatch. The company is back with the news for the same as a new circular dial smartwatch from Samsung with digital crown and rotary bezel is said to be announced at the MWC expo ahead this year. Till now, the company has got many smartwatches in the market, but has somehow failed to make noise with any of those. According to the source, this new smartwatch from Samsung would be codenamed as Orbis. This means we are sure to have a Apple Watch competitor that would likely be unveiled during the same time.

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              The rotary dial for the smartwatch will certainly help bring the interface easily for the tiny display. Additionally, just like Apple Watch, the “crown shaped power button” could be used for rotating the bezel on the top in addition to its utility for waking up the watch, launching details, use of S voice and much more. We would surely wait for more details of the watch to surface with more rumors coming our way.

              source: SamMobile

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              All the Apple fans across the globe are very eagerly waiting for the much awaited Apple Watch timepiece. It is being that that the watch will host the company’s own Apple S1 SIP (system-in-package). However, the recent reports coming from DiGiTimes show that its biggest rival company – Samsung is likely to offer nearly 3000-4000 chipset which measure similar to the 12inch smaller silicon chips which are designed with the 28nm process used by Samsung.

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              However, reports show that there will be huge demand of the Apple Watch with roughly nearly 10 million units to be sold. However, lokking to this small amount we question that would this be enough to meet the demand. However, it is also said that besides Samsung other companies like Andvanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) would also be supplying chips to Apple as it is said to be the major supplier of S1 processors.

              source: DiGiTimes

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                Taiwan based chip maker MediaTek has announced a new chipset which the company has specifically designed for Android wearables. The chip is called as MT2601 and comes with some very impressive engineering having 41.5% fewer components and is more power efficient as compared to “other chipsets in the market”.

                However, MediaTek has launched this chipset in competition against the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chipset which is currently found in many Android Wear smartwatches out there in the market. What we can expect from MediaTek is that the chipset would have a lower cost, longer battery life and smaller size with better design.

                The MT2601 has a dual-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU with clock speeds of up to 1.2GHz along with a ARM Mali-400MP GPU for graphic control and can handle qHD display resolution of 960×540 pixels. The chipset is capable of communicating with many sensors and also has Bluetooth compatibility. We can surely hope for more affordable Android wearables with baked in MediaTek chipsets.

                source: Digitimes

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