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Qualcomm plans to release its own smartwatch later this year

Technology giant Qualcomm says its Connected Experiences subsidiary will release a Qualcomm-branded smartwatch by the end of this year.

The Qualcomm Toq will use the company’s low-power Mirasol display, ensuring the colour touchscreen display is always on. It’ll also feature wireless charging and a stereo Bluetooth audio connection.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch finally makes an appearance

After months of rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been announced at IFA 2013.

It’s designed to work as a companion to high-spec Samsung smartphones, notifying users about calls, texts, emails and other messages.

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New hybrid smartwatch beats its crowd-funding target within 24 hours

A smartwatch project on crowd-funded site Kickstarter has exceeded its $100,000 (£64,000) financial target in the first day of its 30-day funding window.

The Omate TrueSmart is designed to connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth or WiFi and can also become a stand-alone mobile phone if a SIM card is fitted.

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Over 5 million smart watches expected to ship next year

New research from Canalys anticipates more than 5 million smart watches being shipped worldwide next year, which is a 900% increase on this year’s figures.

The company reckons over 330,000 smart watches were shipped last year, with Sony and Motorola leading the market. Over half a million smart watches are expected to ship in 2013.

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New Sony SmartWatch 2 for Android smartphones to arrive in September

New Sony SmartWatch 2 for Android smartphones to arrive in September

Sony Mobile has released a new version of its ‘Smartwatch’ device, which connected to compatible smartphones via Bluetooth.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 is described as a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control.

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