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Wear OS gets a mandatory quality review process on Google Play Store

Wear OS gets a mandatory quality review process on Google Play Store

Google is making a bit of noise about something that users may have presumed has actually been the case even when Wear OS by Google was known by a different name: Android Wear. The Android maker is now giving smartwatch app developers a heads up to tell them that starting next month, all new Wear OS apps are required to undergo a review process before being listed on the Google Play Store. This is to ensure the quality of apps that should really be a primary concern in the first place.

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Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Fossil Group has released a new Wear OS smartwatch, the Michael Kors Runway, featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 alongside a classy design and heart rate tracking. This is a smartwatch version of the classic Michael Kors Runway watch, adding new silicone band options while retaining the same generally small size.

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Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung's big Note 9 announcement took place today, and the 6.4-inch smartphone brought along some surprises too. We knew the latest Galaxy Note would take center stage at the company's latest Unpacked 2018 event, but Samsung wasn't ending things there, with more new hardware and feature upgrades.

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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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Galaxy Watch coming: what we want from Samsung’s next smartwatch

Galaxy Watch coming: what we want from Samsung’s next smartwatch

While we're counting down to Samsung's Unpacked event this Thursday, the company is already dropping hints at something big coming later this month. It might also be literally Samsung's smallest reveal. After the Galaxy Note 9, it might be the time of Samsung's new smartwatch in the limelight. Call it Gear S4 or Galaxy Watch, these are some of the things we want to see in what should be the most advanced smartwatch of the year.

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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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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Almost everything that can be leaked about the Galaxy Note 9 has already been leaked, including some inkling of its price. Even its cases are already out in the open. There are, however, still two companions that continue to be shrouded in mystery: the Galaxy Watch and a new dual charging pad. But thanks to an error on Amazon’s part, we now have a confirmation and a set of images for the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo.

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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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TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

TicWatch Pro Review: One smartwatch, two screens

We may still argue about the usefulness of smartwatches, but few would disagree that a wearable with a flat battery is no use at all. The TicWatch Pro running Wear OS by Google wants to make sure that's not an accusation you can level at it, using a clever twin screen system of stacked panels, one for full functionality, the other for power efficiency. At $249.99 it's fairly affordable, too, but has TicWatch made a smartwatch that's twice as usable or just doubly frustrating?

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Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

Galaxy Watch name confirmed, Samsung Bixby inside

This year might be a slow one for Samsung. The Galaxy S9, despite re-imagining the camera, isn’t doing so hot. The Galaxy Note 9 due in a month may have a few tricks up its sleeve to make it more interesting than what it so far looks like. The most interesting Samsung product this year, however, might ironically come from its least interesting line: smartwatches. Its name, its OS, and its features are pretty much still in flux, which, at the very least, makes it sound a bit more exciting.

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TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

TicWatch Pro dual-layered smartwatch is here

Smartwatches have a two-fold problem. First is how they sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem. The more pressing problem, however, is the short, often less than 24-hour, battery life. Smartwatch makers Mobvoi can’t really answer the first but is offering a solution for the second. With the new TicWatch Pro that’s launching today, you can get two, even three, days of use. The secret, if you haven’t heard yet, is that it has two screens instead of one.

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