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Galaxy Watch 3 specs sound almost too familiar

Galaxy Watch 3 specs sound almost too familiar

Samsung is expected to unveil its next-gen wearables in a few weeks, ahead of the expected August 5 debut of the Galaxy Note 20. Although we've heard nothing revolutionary about the company's next smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3 is still sparking some curiosity due to its return to an older rotating bezel design. But while it externally shares that trait with its Galaxy Watch OG predecessor, it apparently shares more of its DNA with the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 revealed with larger display, better monitoring

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5 revealed with larger display, better monitoring

Xiaomi is expanding its wearables line today with the introduction of the Mi Smart Band 5. The company promises a number of improvements and new features over the previous-generation Mi Band, with this new watch launching in standard and NFC versions. One of the biggest upgrades over the Smart Band 4 comes in the display, which has increased in size to 1.1 inches with the Smart Band 5.

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Gear S3 smartwatches get Bixby as S Voice goes silent

Gear S3 smartwatches get Bixby as S Voice goes silent

Few tears will probably be shed for S Voice's departure this month. Back when Siri was still just starting out, Samsung's homegrown voice-activated helper seemed like a good idea. But like many of Samsung's experiments, it has fallen by the wayside and has become practically unusable, especially on smartwatches. Fortunately for Samsung fans, Bixby is around and it's coming to the last Samsung smartwatches that still bore the "Gear S" name.

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Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked date leaked along with a device list

Galaxy Note 20 Unpacked date leaked along with a device list

The world is still having trouble getting back to normal, or at least a "new normal", but some companies will still push through their original plans, perhaps to give a sense of normalcy as well. Despite all odds, Apple is expected to push through with its 2020 iPhone debut and so will Samsung hold its annual Unpacked in August, this time purely online. That, however, won't mean its event will be any less interesting if this leaked roster of devices is even half accurate.

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Timex smartwatches collaborate with Huami [UPDATE]

Timex smartwatches collaborate with Huami [UPDATE]

This week the folks at Timex revealed a pair of new smartwatches. Both of these watches use the name "Metropolitan" and bear the Timex logo... in their press release. The Timex Metropolitan R is a circular touchscreen smartwatch while the Timex Metropolitan S is a shape that could very easily be mistaken for an Apple Watch - both devices run software that is not Google's WearOS - this is not Android.

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Galaxy Watch Camera Controller now works with Galaxy S9, Note 9, Z Flip

Galaxy Watch Camera Controller now works with Galaxy S9, Note 9, Z Flip

For a time, it seemed that smartwatches would never find their place in the modern mobile world but, thanks to Apple, these wearables are getting a newfound purpose as portable health tools. That said, they are still pretty much extension of smartphones, allowing them to quickly glance at notifications or even control their phone without touching them. The latter is especially useful when trying to take photos while propping up your smartphone from afar.

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Samsung Hand Wash smartwatch app helps you form a healthy habit

Samsung Hand Wash smartwatch app helps you form a healthy habit

Hand washing has always been an important way to prevent the spread of viruses, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, getting into a hand washing routine is more important than ever. Creating and then sticking to a new routine, however, can be easier said than done, so Samsung has created a new hand washing app for Galaxy Watch and Gear owners that will help them do just that.

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Hublot Big Bang e is a Wear OS smartwatch you can’t even afford

Hublot Big Bang e is a Wear OS smartwatch you can’t even afford

There are always expensive smartwatches but there also very expensive smartwatches. Unlike Apple's wearables that have a more or less consistent price tag, Wear OS smartwatches run the gamut of tiers, styles, and prices. That variety has been even more apparent when fashion marques and luxury watch brands practically took over but Hublot's latest timepiece makes a very poor case for an already uncertain smartwatch segment.

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Galaxy Watch 2 leak suggests Samsung had a change of heart

Galaxy Watch 2 leak suggests Samsung had a change of heart

Like any other manufacturer, Samsung makes changes to its product designs and rarely does it backtrack on those changes. There have been a few exceptions, of course, like the premature removal of the microSD card slot in the Galaxy Note 5 that was met with so much backlash that Samsung put it back next year. The removal of the rotating bezel from the Galaxy Watch Active was definitely disappointing but not as controversial so it's both surprising but also reassuring that it might make a comeback in the Galaxy Watch 2 in a few months.

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New Samsung Galaxy Watch models revealed by FCC

New Samsung Galaxy Watch models revealed by FCC

The successor to one of the most major competitors to the Apple Watch was revealed today - in part - by the FCC. That is the Galaxy Watch, successor to the device with the same title. This Samsung device looks largely similar to the original, with a new stainless steel case and a new Gorilla Glass DX topside pane of protective glass.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 ECG has been cleared for use in South Korea

Galaxy Watch Active 2 ECG has been cleared for use in South Korea

Smartwatches may have finally found their place in the modern world. In addition to telling the time, distracting you with notifications, and allowing some control over your phone and your house, smartwatches are quickly becoming mini diagnostic devices. They not only keep track of your movement and activity, wearables like the Apple Watch now also keep track of the health of your heart. Following that lead, Samsung has also started rolling out more advanced health monitoring features like ECG. Unfortunately, you can only get that feature in exactly one place in the world right now.

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Fitbit launches COVID-19 study with a focus on its wearables

Fitbit launches COVID-19 study with a focus on its wearables

Wearables company Fitbit has announced a new COVID-19 study it has launched to determine whether it can use its wearables and software to detect the infectious disease in users. The study is seeking participants in the US and Canada who will be given a series of questions within the Fitbit mobile app. The end game may be Fitbit's development of an algorithm to detect COVID-19 symptoms.

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