Android Wear

Samsung Galaxy Watch release date, features, pricing

Samsung Galaxy Watch release date, features, pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Watch continues the legacy of the smartwatch line called Samsung Galaxy Gear - but with a far superior brand. The Galaxy Watch works with TIZEN Wearable OS and has built-in hardware bits that allow it to work without the aid of a smartphone. This smartwatch is ready to be released in two sizes and with interchangeable watch straps for unlimited customization options.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

It’s probably a bad time to launch a new smartwatch these next few weeks, unless you’re Samsung or Apple. That’s because any smartwatch you put into the market will be running on a mobile platform that is effectively two years old. Even older if you consider that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is based on a modified Snapdragon 400 chipset. And in about 30 days, that wearable processor will be rendered obsolete now that Qualcomm itself is teasing when the long-overdue successor, tentatively known as the Snapdragon Wear 3100, will be unveiled.

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Fossil Q Gen 4 smartwatches tease onboard GPS, NFC, swimproofing

Fossil Q Gen 4 smartwatches tease onboard GPS, NFC, swimproofing

Watchmakers at Fossil have a fourth-generation Fossil Q to show this week with a more "tech-packed" touchscreen-laden body than they've ever released before. This watch was revealed in two forms: Fossil Q Explorist HR and Fossil Q Venture HR. The Explorist is a bit bigger, while the Venture is a bit smaller, and both roll with Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors and Wear OS by Google.

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Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

Emporio Armani Wear OS smartwatch adds heart rate sensor and more

There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches. In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces. The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired. With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more.

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Gemini PDA could get a Wear OS powered second screen

Gemini PDA could get a Wear OS powered second screen

Planet Computers' Gemini has already been wooing Psion fans with its clamshell design and finger-friendly keyboard, but now it's looking to fix the absence of an external display. Currently, when closed, the quad-booting PDA uses an array of multicolor LEDs that can flash in different, customizable sequences to flag when certain people are calling, new messages are received, or other notifications come in.

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This TicWatch Pro Wear OS watch stacks two circular displays

This TicWatch Pro Wear OS watch stacks two circular displays

Smartwatch maker Mobvoi has come up with a new twist on the wearable battery dilemma, with the TicWatch Pro doubling the number of displays to cut power consumption. The new Wear OS smartwatch has a circular OLED touchscreen as we've seen from plenty of other wearables, but when that's idle a whole second panel comes into play.

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Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead

Samsung Gear S4 with Wear OS: Tizen is dead

Although they have never really disappeared, traditional smartphone manufacturers have more or less backed out of the smartwatch market. It has become the territory of accessory makers and luxury brands like Fossil or TAG Heuer. One OEM (aside from Apple) that has remained consistent is Samsung with its Gear line of smartwatches and fitness trackers. But while a new smartwatch is still expected to debut in a few months, change is reportedly afoot. Samsung might be switching back to Wear OS, formerly Android Wear, and it might actually start with this year's Gear S4.

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Galaxy Watch might be Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch

Galaxy Watch might be Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch

Is Samsung really turning over a new leaf and becoming a better-behaved Android manufacturer? Once the biggest cause of fragmentation, Samsung has admittedly been trying to better conform with standards and expectations while still remaining uniquely Samsung. Now that might extend even to its wearables with rumors of a new "Galaxy Watch" looming over the horizon. This, according to some speculation could be Samsung's return to the smartwatch fold by being its first Wear OS, but second Android Wear, smartwatch.

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AsteroidOS 1.0 release brings hope to forgotten smartwatches

AsteroidOS 1.0 release brings hope to forgotten smartwatches

Wear OS by Google, the wearable platform formerly known as Android Wear, is based on Android and, therefore, technically and legally open source. But just like Android itself, development doesn't exactly happen in the open completely and there are some parts that are proprietary to Google. That is especially frustrating for smartwatch believers, especially when their wearables get abandoned and outdated. Now they might have a choice with the first stable release of AsteroidOS, a completely open source operating system designed not just to run on Wear OS smartwatches but also to give the community a hand in its development.

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Wear OS Dev Preview 2: Actions on Google, Battery Saver

Wear OS Dev Preview 2: Actions on Google, Battery Saver

Android P isn't the only one getting a second developer preview. Being based on the upcoming Android release, Wear OS by Google, formerly Android Wear also by Google, is similarly getting a sneak peek. While the list of new features isn't as long as its smartphone version, Wear OS ' Android P update is promising to address one of the biggest gripes smartwatch users have: a shorter than ideal battery life.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon for smartwatches update finally coming

Qualcomm Snapdragon for smartwatches update finally coming

Smartwatches come in all shapes and sizes but most of them have one thing in common: woefully outdated hardware. This is specially true with wearables bearing Google's Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, which mostly run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. Even when it launched way back in 2016, the chipset was already unremarkable. Fortunately for wearable fans, Qualcomm, unlike Intel, isn't yet quitting the market and is preparing a third gen wearable system-on-chip that could give Wear OS smartwatches an edge over their rivals, particularly the Apple Watch.

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Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Top smartwatches to buy in 2018

Smartwatches aren't dead. Sure, they're not the hot sellers they were hoped to be but, here and there, you will find someone wearing a wearable in one form or another. And while not as numerous as smartphones, there are still quite a good number of models available making the choice an equally difficult one. To help you make that decision, we take a look at some of the most notable smartwatches in the market and how they stack up in functionality, style, and, of course, price.

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