And finally: Smash the London Marathon in 2016 with wearable tech

Blips and bits from this week's wearable tech news, events and rumours
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Welcome to our weekly round-up of rumours, rumblings and half-facts. And Finally is the home of everything that isn't quite an announcement or launch in wearables. All those juicy tidbits that sound amazing because, you know, they might not be real.

Read on for a definitive round up of the less credible stories of the week.

Inspired by the London Marathon?

And finally: Smash the London Marathon in 2016 with wearable tech

A big one in the fitness calendar, marathon runners took to the streets of London today - all manner of different shapes, sizes, fitness levels and interest in wearable tech. If you're inspired by the miles and miles and miles they've been running, check out our tips and tricks to run a smarter marathon guide as well as how to use your running watch to earn your marathon PB.

Also check out our best GPS running watches round-up and our running hub page full of tips and tricks for using your sports watch to be a better runner.

Real Google Maps coming to Android Wear

And finally: Smash the London Marathon in 2016 with wearable tech

We're pretty excited about some of the new features coming to Android Wear including Wi-Fi support, gestures and always-on apps. But it seems lots of people missed a clue in Google's gif as to what's next. It showed what looks like a full smartwatch version of Google Maps as opposed to the limited navigation on there at the moment.

We could also expect to see pop up notifications in a future update. The feature wasn't detailed at all in the blog post but we imagine it means alerts that run over other apps.

As we discussed earlier this week, the update means that Android Wear watches are no longer all equal. Some don't have Wi-Fi built-in including the LG G Watch, G Watch R and Asus ZenWatch.

Apple Watch has a tiny battery

And finally: Smash the London Marathon in 2016 with wearable tech

Big new Apple device, big old iFixit teardown. The team who have taken apart and inspected your favourite smartphones are at it again to find out all the specs and components Apple forgot to mention.

That includes the fact that the Apple Watch runs on a 205mAh battery, around half of the LG G Watch R's battery. Now we know that the Watch needs nightly charging and the G Watch R can reach a day and a half or two days but it's not as straightforward as that. As with the iPhones, Apple will have optimised its hardware and software to eke out as many hours as possible out of the Watch's battery.

Check back for our in-depth Apple Watch review to find out how the battery life stacks up long term.

Apple Watch Edition returns inspected

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As teased before the launch, new details have emerged about the process of returning an 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition. 9to5Mac has published a document sent to Apple Store staff on the stringent guidelines, after all these are watches that can cost up to .

Floor staff will inspect the smartwatch visually to check for cracks and damage. Then a Genius bar employee will inspect it with a microscope and gold weighing scales to ensure no gold has been removed. The standard 14 day Apple return timeframe still applies.

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Sophie was Wareable's associate editor. She joined the team from Stuff magazine where she was an in-house reviewer. For three and a half years, she tested every smartphone, tablet, and robot vacuum that mattered. 

A fan of thoughtful design, innovative apps, and that Spike Jonze film, she is currently wondering how many fitness tracker reviews it will take to get her fit. Current bet: 19.

Sophie has also written for a host of sites, including Metro, the Evening Standard, the Times, the Telegraph, Little White Lies, the Press Association and the Debrief.

She now works for Wired.

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