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Galaxy Watch Active promises to meet fitness and lifestyle goals in one

Galaxy Watch Active promises to meet fitness and lifestyle goals in one

The Galaxy Note 10 won't be officially appearing until the second week of August but Samsung is already kicking off the journey towards Unpacked 2019 with a small announcement. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been going around the rumor mill a few times but now its current model making a re-debut on its own. And yes, it still doesn't have Samsung's iconic rotary bezel but, in exchange, Samsung promises a new UI with better usability.

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GAssist app gives Galaxy Watches a taste of Google Assistant

GAssist app gives Galaxy Watches a taste of Google Assistant

It's arguable that Samsung's smartwatches may have an edge over Wear OS devices but there is one thing that Google's platform naturally does better. It does come with better integration with Google Assistant, which is normal considering who develops both software. Owners of Galaxy Watch models can request all they want but they're pretty out of luck. Fortunately, some developers have taken it upon themselves to do the work, like this GAssist app that unofficially brings Google Assistant to these Tizen-based smartwatches.

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Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

When Samsung pulls the veil back on the Galaxy Note 10 next month, it's expected to announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 alongside it. Make no mistake, the Galaxy Note 10 will be the star of Samsung's Unpacked event on August 7th, but that isn't stopping the rumor mill from churning out fresh reports on that incoming smartwatch. Today, a new report is claiming that Samsung is gearing up to launch three different models for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in all.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 leaked official renders confirm design changes

Galaxy Watch Active 2 leaked official renders confirm design changes

In just a month, Samsung will be making the Galaxy Note 10 official and it might not be alone. Just like its other launches, Samsung is expected to have a wearable to go along with the phablet. Instead of the Galaxy Watch 2, however, it might announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 instead. But despite that name, the smartwatch looks like it will be Samsung's classiest, at least based on new leaked renders.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Smartwatches are still pretty much seen as extensions of smartphones but, little by little, they are becoming independent smart devices in their own right. The first and most crucial requirement to make that happen is the ability to connect directly to the Internet without a smartphone. That comes via a 4G LTE connection which is exactly what the new Mobvoi TicWatch 4G/LTE brings to the table one year after the original launched.

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Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Google shutters Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Due to the low number of users who were controlling their smart thermostats using smartwatches, Google has ended Nest app support for Wear OS and Apple Watch. Google confirmed that the removal was due to only a 'small number' of smart thermostat users taking advantage of the support, saying that its team will instead focus their time on voice interactions and the mobile apps.

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Next Snapdragon Wear chip to give Wear OS a helping hand

Next Snapdragon Wear chip to give Wear OS a helping hand

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

Galaxy Watch Active 2 will do an Apple Watch 4 with health features

For a few years now, Samsung has been able to hold its own in the smartwatch market despite having its own walled garden with little support from major apps. The Gear S, now Galaxy Watch, series set itself apart with a unique interface and a unique rotating bezel. One of those seems to be permanently gone and the Galaxy Watch could be on its way to becoming just like any other smartwatch. And now a new tip suggests Samsung might be lifting a few ideas from Apple yet again.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 spotted without rotating bezel

Galaxy Watch Active 2 spotted without rotating bezel

Outside of the Apple Watch, the smartwatch market is still pretty much a Wild West, with every brand making their own take on the wearable product line. Most of them use Wear OS by Google but a few manage to exist without it. One of those is Samsung's line of Tizen-powered timepieces, now rebranded under the Galaxy Watch name. Just a few months after it launched the Galaxy Watch Active, a new Samsung smartwatch has been spotted and it may be turn out to be as disappointing as the Galaxy Note 10 it will launch with.

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Polar Ignite smartwatch wants to be your new workout buddy

Polar Ignite smartwatch wants to be your new workout buddy

Today, Polar is launching its newest fitness-focused smartwatch. Dubbed the Polar Ignite, this new smartwatch offers the standard feature set you'd expect to see in a fitness tracker with some extra smart coaching and sleeping tracking features. In its announcement today, Polar paints a picture of a smartwatch that can give you a more complete overview of your workout, including the recovery afterward.

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watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

Pre-installed apps, a.k.a bloatware, is one of the banes of smartphone life. Given its tight control over the out of the box experience, Apple devices are relatively free of "value-added apps" from most OEMs or carriers. That said, Apple does ship with a few utility apps that not all users may find value in. That's true even for Apple Watches but that will soon change when watchOS 6 is released, allowing users to remove some but not all built-in Apple Watch apps.

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Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Google hasn't exactly been the most consistent when it comes to its wearable platform. It rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS and changed the way the OS looked and behave. But after a brief period of activity, it let things slide again. Last month it attempted to revive interest in the platform with its new Tiles UI. Unfortunately, the initial rollout was incomplete and it's only now that a feature enabling Tiles to be moved, added, and removed from your phone is rolling out little by little.

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