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nubia Alpha wearable smartphone is launching this week

nubia Alpha wearable smartphone is launching this week

While the smartphone world was going crazy over foldable phones at MWC 2019 last February, ZTE subsidiary nubia was presenting an alternate and equally eccentric smartphone. A smartphone most people will call a smartwatch. The nubia Alpha, however, is neither and both, making it a tad difficult to really classify. nubia, however, does call it a wearable smartphone and on Thursday it will invite the brave to try that out for themselves. If they have $450 to spare, that is.

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Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Unlike on smartphones where you basically only have two racehorses, the smartwatch market is teeming with choices. That's true even for the choice of smart assistants on your wrist. While Siri and Google Assistant do have the lion's share of the market, there are quite a number of wearables that lean towards Amazon's helper. Xiaomi-branded Amazfit Verge is one of those and it has just received an update that brings Alexa to your wrist and more.

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nubia Alpha bendable smartphone wristband launching this week

nubia Alpha bendable smartphone wristband launching this week

Samsung's and Huawei's foldable phones aren't coming until next month at the earliest but nubia's bendable phone might already beat them to the punch. Granted, the nubia Alpha from ZTE's now independent sub-brand isn't really competing in the same space. Rather than a ridiculously tall smartphone that can wrap around your wrist, it might be better to think of the nubia Alpha as a wristband that has a smartphone built-in.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

Apple Watch 4 ECG is already saving lives in Europe

The Apple Watch series 4 launched with the world's first ECG monitor in a smartwatch. However, it wasn't widely available outside the US since Apple still had to acquire permissions from various countries. Last week, it finally rolled it out to parts of Europe and Hong Kong and, in just the span of a few days, it has already turned a doubter into a believer after saving his life.

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Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

Apple Watch battery swelling has finally lead to a lawsuit

It seems that Apple continues to have battery headaches but this time it isn't about iPhones. You'd think that considering their size, Apple Watch batteries would have very little problems other than having to be recharged every day. It turns out, however, that some have experienced potential safety hazards due to swollen Apple Watch batteries and they are now taking Apple to court for allegedly knowing about the problem and still pushing through with sales of the wearable device.

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Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

Apple Watch 4 ECG app now available in Europe and Hong Kong

The Apple Watch saves lives, as numerous anecdotes have repeatedly proven. And that was back when the smartwatch just had the basic set of sensors like a heart rate monitor. The Apple Watch 4 significantly stepped up Apple's efforts to corner a niche market but its limited availability meant it couldn't really do much for users outside the US. Now that the Apple Watch 4 has been certified, it's now possible to make use of its ECG sensor in 19 countries across Europe as well as in Hong Kong.

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Huawei Watch GT adds Active and Elegant editions for more choices

Huawei Watch GT adds Active and Elegant editions for more choices

It wasn't just the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro that the Chinese company announced at Paris. Not only did it make a surprising reveal of unexpected smart eyewear, it also showed off some new accessories to go along with its new smartphones. Building on what the Watch GT wearables that have not exactly taken the market by storm, Huawei announced two new editions, the Active and the Elegant, of the same smartwatch that will make you wonder what has changed.

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Apple Watch Stanford study show how it can save lives

Apple Watch Stanford study show how it can save lives

While some consumers would complain about its outdated style, the Apple Watch may be winning hearts in the medical field, figuratively and literally. While its rivals may boast of fancy styles, the Apple Watch has repeatedly been cited in stories of how the smartwatch may have saved a life. Those, however, have mostly been anecdotal but now a more scientific study from Stanford has the numbers to back those up.

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Garmin MARQ series has a smart tool watch for every kind of user

Garmin MARQ series has a smart tool watch for every kind of user

There is a wide variety of smartwatches in the market today but most of them fall into two categories only. One is designed to keep up with sports-minded users while the other can be worn with pride at a gala. Few smartwatches try to break out of those molds to appeal to very specific users. Garmin's new MARQ "smart tool watches" dare to be different and, in doing so, have some rather unique features to offer people with unique jobs and hobbies.

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Google Fit on Wear OS GPS battery saving mode has a catch

Google Fit on Wear OS GPS battery saving mode has a catch

There are dozens of smartwatches available in the market today and they mostly differ in design and available functionality. Two things that most of them have in common, though, are location tracking and poor battery life. Now the Google Fit for Wear OS by Google is being updated to include a special low power GPS mode but its power-saving benefits only really kick in under very specific circumstances.

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Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant leaked, look familiar

Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant leaked, look familiar

Two new editions of the Huawei Watch GT were leaked with minor changes from the original. All run the same software - a mobile OS made by Huawei for devices just such as this - and connect with Android and iOS. Each looks almost identical to the other - save some of the tiniest details in industrial design. Both new watches are likely set to launch with the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

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Samsung Health gets meditation content with new Calm integration

Samsung Health gets meditation content with new Calm integration

Samsung has teamed up with Calm, the company behind the meditation app by the same name. Under this new partnership, Calm users will be able to directly access the app's various mindfulness and meditation features using Samsung's Health app and newly launched Galaxy Watch Active wearable. According to Samsung, its smartwatch will measure the user's stress levels during meditation sessions.

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