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Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Apple Watch leads the smartwatch market but Wear OS still has hope

Given the increased attention to personal fitness and health in the past months since the pandemic hit last year, it's really no surprise that smartwatch sales have considerably risen during that period. Given its focus on health and fitness as well as its track record in saving lives, it is also no surprise that the Apple Watch continues to lead that market all the way to the first quarter of 2021. It isn't too late for Google's Wear OS, however, and it might finally catch a break in the coming quarters, presuming its partnership with Samsung bears good fruit.

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AT&T 3G network shutdown is finally happening in February

AT&T 3G network shutdown is finally happening in February

As the world moves slowly but surely towards supporting 5G, network operators are itching to finally ditch the oldest cellular networks they're still supporting. After an initial wave of outcry and complaints, probably from commercial customers, US carriers have decided to delay shutting down their 3G services at least until 2022. It seems that AT&T will indeed be the first to do so by February 2022 and it has thankfully released a list of devices that will continue to work beyond that cutoff date.

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Bugatti made a smartwatch

Bugatti made a smartwatch

You might expect Bugatti drivers to have some lavish, limited-edition Swiss horologic masterpiece on their wrist as they pilot their Chiron, but a new Bugatti smartwatch range could upend that. Handiwork of the automaker and VIITA, the new trio of round-screen wearables promises to track your body's response as you floor the accelerator.

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Huawei Watch 3 with Harmony OS might launch next week

Huawei Watch 3 with Harmony OS might launch next week

The next few months will be critical to Huawei's survival in the mobile business. It already lost its footing in the world's Top 5 smartphone makers and its future will largely rest on whether its Harmony OS can carry it through its Google-free period. That, in turn, will depend on what Harmony OS will really be and we won't know until next week when it finally launches for the public to see. Apparently, it won't be coming alone and Huawei plans to launch the Huawei Watch 3 beside it.

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OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition is coming but you can’t have it

OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition is coming but you can’t have it

OnePlus just loves tying up with companies to put their brand on its devices and spread its devices to fans of those franchises. It tried that tactic for a few years with racing car marque McLaren but that partnership ended last year. Now it seems to be cozying up to other companies, including CD Projekt RED and its controversial Cyberpunk 2077 game. As it did for one of its phones, it is now making a OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition that you won't be able to get easily unless you live in China.

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OnePlus Watch Harry Potter leak is something we never saw coming

OnePlus Watch Harry Potter leak is something we never saw coming

Every so often, OnePlus makes partnerships with brands and franchise holders in order to advertise both its devices as well as another company's products. So far, those partnerships have been limited to phones, mostly because those are its main products anyway. The arrival of the OnePlus Watch, however, also comes the opportunity for new ties and the company may have pulled enough strings to pull of a OnePlus Watch Harry Potter Limited Edition.

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The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

A lot of excitement was generated over the renewed attention that was given to Wear OS by Google, including collaborations with Samsung and Fitbit to grow that platform in ways it should have years ago. With all the buzz and hype, however, comes the question of when this new Wear OS will actually launch. It's a given that it will be available on new models launching later this year but it is not yet known whether older smartwatches will be treated to the same features when the time comes.

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Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Galaxy Watch Active 4 specs leak with Wear OS and a new chip

Wear OS was at the center of attention on Google's first day of I/O 2021. It promised to breathe new life into the wearable platform with some help from Fitbit, which it practically owns, and the surprise appearance of Samsung. The latter will, of course, reap the benefits of that collaboration in its upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4, the latter of which just got a leak that shows other interesting aspects of the sporty smartwatch beyond its OS.

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Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Most of the rumors pointed to Samsung adopting Wear OS for its future smartwatches. They never anticipated, however, that the company would actually play a bigger role in Google's wearable future. It might sound comforting for Wear OS fans that a large company like Samsung would be investing heavily in the platform's future but it could also sound discouraging for those already invested in Samsung's Tizen-based platform. Samsung is throwing this group a bone by promising updates that will last three years, though that's really just two years now since the last Galaxy Watch.

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Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Wear OS at I/O 2021 gets a much-deserved upgrade

Although it naturally announced a lot of new things across its many products and services, Google I/O this year also highlighted some of the often ignored parts of its empire, specifically the various incarnations of Android thought to have been forgotten. Although there was some inkling about it, the collaboration between Google and Samsung over Wear OS was definitely a pleasant surprise but that was just the tip of the iceberg of what smartwatch fans can expect, hopefully really soon.

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Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google and Samsung are combining Wear OS and Tizen in a big way

Google has confirmed some big rumors we've been hearing about the future of Samsung's smartwatches today, revealing that it has teamed up with the South Korean company to revolutionize Wear OS and the next round of Android smartwatches. According to Google, the two companies are 'bringing the best of Wear and Tizen into a single, unified platform.'

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Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS to have a custom UI

The rumors surrounding Samsung's switch from its own Tizen OS for smartwatches to Wear OS just refuse to die and it seems that the final word is in, unofficially, of course. Given all the rumors coming from reliable sources, the likelihood that the next Galaxy Watch 4 series will be running Google's wearable platform is almost all but certain but, in true Samsung fashion, it won't be looking exactly like the Wear OS some have grown to know and maybe even love.

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