LG’s horrible hybrid watch shows how bad Apple’s competition is

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LG's smartwatches have always been bad, but the W7 is even worse.
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Apple has quickly become the world’s biggest watch company and based on its latest competition from Android smartwatch maker LG, the company’s not in danger of losing its title anytime soon.

LG’s new Watch W7 was unveiled today with a hybrid design that makes it half smartwatch, half mechanical watch. The watch face has mechanical hands so that you can always see what time it is. To keep them from blocking the display, LG put a little feature in it that makes the two hands fold horizontally but the execution of the idea is quite atrocious.

Look at how dumb this thing is:

TAG Heuer’s new smartwatch is a steal at $198,000

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TAG's new smartwatch is crazy expensive!
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Remember that time the world thought Apple had gone mad because it launched a $17,000 Apple Watch Edition? That figure is dwarfed by the price of TAG Heuer’s new luxury smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45. Its asking price: $198,000.

By our count that’s equivalent to around 396 units of Apple’s brand new $499 cellular Apple Watch Series 4 watches. It also qualifies for the status of most expensive smartwatch in the world.

Fitbit gives Apple Watch its only real competition

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The Fitbit Versa would be on the top of smartwatch market if there were no Apple Watch. As it is, it's being solidly beat.
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The smartwatch competition has come down to just two players: Apple Watch and Fitbit. They leave Samsung and other wearables makers well behind.

And in the second quarter of this year, Apple stayed far ahead of even Fitbit.

Don’t miss out on these Black Friday specials from Cult of Mac Deals

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This handheld scanner can provide ultra precise color readings for your digital or paint-based needs.
This handheld scanner can provide ultra precise color readings for your digital or paint-based needs.
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It’s that wonderful time of the year, Black Friday! What is a better day than the day after spending time with the family and devouring a huge Thanksgiving meal? Whether you are shopping around for yourself or a family member, it is always nice to score a cool piece of tech at a deal.

Undercover smartwatch blends new tech with classic styling

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A classic watch design, with all the modern trimmings.
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Do you want a smartwatch that works with your iPhone, but aren’t ready to give up on the classic stylings of an analog timepiece in favor of an Apple Watch?

If so, you may be interested to hear about New York Standard Watch’s (NYSW) newly launched series of semi-smart watches, blending classic design with digital functionality.

Has Google given up on Android Wear?

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You can no longer buy Android Wear devices from Google.
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Apple Watch could be about to lose one of its biggest rivals.

The future of the Android Wear platform looks bleak today after Google removed all traces of wearable devices from its online store. Its focus on the platform seems to have fizzled out since it became clear that only Apple could sell smartwatches in large numbers.

Samsung’s next stab at Apple Watch lands Wednesday

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Samsung's fight against Apple Watch won't end.
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Samsung will take a new stab at Apple Watch on Wednesday.

The South Korean company has scheduled an event in Berlin on August 30, where it will unwrap a brand new wearable. A teaser animation posted on Twitter backs up recent rumors that have claimed health and fitness will be its primary focus.

Apple Watch shipments will reach new highs in 2017

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Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Band for Apple Watch in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
Nyloon's Elysee Nylon Apple Watch Strap in navy, white and red has a comfortable, fabric-like feel.
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Apple Watch shipments may have slowed in recent months, but with Series 3 right around the corner, the device is expected to enjoy a strong end to 2017.

According to sources in its supply chain, Apple is likely to ship a total of 15 million Apple Watches for the year. That figure could rise even higher in 2018.