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Samsung smartwatches rise to third spot in global market in Q2 2021

Samsung smartwatches rise to third spot in global market in Q2 2021

After an uncertain beginning, the smartwatch market seems to have finally found its calling and stabilized. In fact, the past year and a half may have been influential to the market's growth as more and more people become more conscious of their health. As with smartphones, not all players are winners, and for the second quarter of this year, Samsung has managed to rise to third place, though it still lags behind Huawei in the global smartwatch market.

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Apple Watch Series 7 leak breaks iPhone tradition

Apple Watch Series 7 leak breaks iPhone tradition

The next Apple Watch will quite likely break the mold when it comes to significant device upgrades from Apple. Each time Apple releases a new iPhone, it seems one of two things happens. Either Apple releases a smartphone that's near-identical in size and shape as its predecessor, or the company initiates an industrial design upgrade that requires accessory makers to release a whole new set of cases and peripherals.

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YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

The irony hasn't escaped most people's attention that Google's wearable platform doesn't have an app for Google's music streaming service. Adding insult to injury, Google did launch a YouTube Music app for smartwatches but only for Apple's smartwatches. At long last, a Wear OS version of that app has finally been announced and has started rolling out, but it still won't placate Wear OS owners because it will only serve the few dozen new owners of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series.

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Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Google seemed to be all in on the upcoming Wear OS 3, but it threw existing Wear OS users a bone a few weeks ago. Some features that are headed for the next version of the wearable platform will also find their way to existing smartwatches. Fortunately, some app developers aren't limiting their new features to Wear OS 3 either, and Spotify has announced much-needed offline listening support that's heading to all Wear OS users. That update is finally making its way to smartwatches, but a few users seem to be unsatisfied with some aspects.

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Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, Wear OS 3 not included

Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, Wear OS 3 not included

The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series may have excited Wear OS fans because of the upcoming upgrade to their favorite wearable platform, but not everyone is a fan of Samsung or its One UI based on its old Tizen wearable OS. They would prefer Wear OS smartwatches from other brands, but they might have to wait for those to come with Wear OS 3 out of the box. In the meantime, however, those brands keep on churning out new smartwatches, like the Fossil Gen 6 that is now getting the leak treatment after the company officially teased its existence last week.

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Apple Watch Series 7 renders point to a big design change

Apple Watch Series 7 renders point to a big design change

Apple hasn't changed the Apple Watch design in any drastic or clearly visible manner ever since it launched its first smartwatch six years ago. While most but not all smartwatches today sport a round face, Apple stuck to its square form for over half a decade. It still isn't changing its shape, but the Apple Watch Series 7 could come with the biggest design change Apple has ever made for its wearables. Presuming, of course, these CAD renders are accurate.

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Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features

Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features

The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series marked a new chapter in Wear OS history. New features, including the ability to use OEM skins on top of the platform, are coming alongside performance improvements under the hood. Some of these features might be exclusive to Wear OS 3 smartwatches, which currently only have one representative, but owners of Wear OS 2 devices need not be too jealous as some important features will be arriving on their own smartwatches in the coming weeks.

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Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

It wasn't just a big day for Samsung when it announced its new foldable phones. It was also a big day for Wear OS fans now that they have what might be a better option in the smartwatch market. The Galaxy Watch 4 marks a new chapter in the Wear OS story, one that could reinvigorate Google's wearable platform. It seems that other app developers are also on board with that renaissance, with Spotify taking the lead with a much-awaited download feature.

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Samsung 3rd-gen foldables event delivers Fold 3, Flip 3, Buds 2, and Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung 3rd-gen foldables event delivers Fold 3, Flip 3, Buds 2, and Galaxy Watch 4

Today Samsung revealed four new next-generation devices that improve upon the devices they replace: two foldable display smartphones, a new watch, and a new set of earbuds. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 works with a new ability to work with the Samsung stylus S Pen, while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 works with a new far larger display on its back side - and both now have waterproofing beyond anything we've seen in a foldable device before.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic series release date, price, and first details

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Classic series release date, price, and first details

Today Samsung revealed the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. These smartwatch devices usher in a new age of collaboration between Samsung and Google, as they run a version of Google's Wear OS platform joint-developed by the two companies. These new watches also have Samsung's own One UI Watch software interface and represent two different angles of approach for at least two different crowds of smartwatch wearers. The more basic of the two is the Galaxy Watch 4, while the more extravagant version is the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic - complete with rotating bezel.

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Samsung Exynos W920 officially confirmed coming to the Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Exynos W920 officially confirmed coming to the Galaxy Watch 4

Although it is hardly like OnePlus or even the old LG, Samsung once in a while does its own teasing of upcoming products without actually teasing them. It does so by announcing beforehand some of the technologies and features that will be seen in the next product launch. With less than 36 hours left before Unpacked 2021, Samsung is doing exactly that with the Galaxy Watch 4, revealing the brains behind what could be the most interesting Wear OS smartwatch to launch in a long while.

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Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch teased ahead of Galaxy Watch 4 announcement

Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch teased ahead of Galaxy Watch 4 announcement

Samsung definitely has a big day coming this week, in spite and despite of all the leaks stealing its thunder. Not just the two third-gen foldable phones but also the Galaxy Watch 4 are at the center of attraction at Unpacked 2021. It seems, however, that Fossil also wants to steal a bit of that excitement by teasing that a Gen 6 model of its Wear OS smartwatch is coming soon, though some seem to be doubtful how true its claims will turn out to be.

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