smartwatches

Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

Galaxy Watch Active 2 features come to older models in new update

With the Galaxy Watch Active 2 now out on shelves, Samsung has decided to bring some of its functionality to older models. Samsung announced today that it's bringing a number of UX features from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 over to the original Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. These UX features will be packed into a software update that's launching today on a region-by-region basis.

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Fitbit OS 4.1 update brings improved health features – and uncertainty of its future

Fitbit OS 4.1 update brings improved health features – and uncertainty of its future

Fitbit was one of the remaining bastions of the independent wearable market. Emphasis on "was" after it was acquired by Google (pending regulatory approval) which puts its future in question. There have been very few concrete statements, let alone actions, that would assure Fitbit users that things will go either way, which is what makes this rather unexpected update to Fitbit OS feel a bit ominous.

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Google bought Fitbit: what this means for smartwatches market

Google bought Fitbit: what this means for smartwatches market

Apple is dominating the smartwatch business and Google is finally feeling the FOMO. With Apple Watch devices capturing almost 46% of the market in Q2, Google with its WearOS smartwatch software, knew it had to respond. On November 1, Google paid $2.1 billion to acquire fitness-tracker brand Fitbit. They current sit second in the wearable band market, at 24%.

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Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatches hide impressive tech inside analog design

Fossil Hybrid HR smartwatches hide impressive tech inside analog design

Throughout the years, Fossil has attempted to stand out in a sea of other watches through its hybrid lines - devices that look like conventional watches but have the feature sets of smartwatches. Today, the company announced its new Hybrid HR smartwatches, which are comprised of two lines: Hybrid HR Collider, which is aimed at men, and Hybrid HR Charter, which is aimed at women.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch (Apple Watch look-alike) costs under $200

Xiaomi Mi Watch (Apple Watch look-alike) costs under $200

China-based smart device maker Xiaomi just released a "Xiaomi Mi Watch" that looks a whole lot like the Apple Watch. It has a very, very similar size and shape... and home screens (watch faces). See if you can tell which of these watches (at the head of this article) are from Xiaomi, and which are from Apple. There are some simple giveaways, but really - there's no getting around the idea that there's some MAJOR design inspiration going on here - to put it kindly.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch details revealed: A cheaper Apple Watch?

Xiaomi Mi Watch details revealed: A cheaper Apple Watch?

Today we're looking at Xiaomi's latest released clues about their next smartwatch, the Mi Watch. This is a watch that looks a WHOLE LOT like an Apple Watch - but sorta like if Apple decided to do an "SE" version of said device. Not that they'd ever do such a thing, but still - here's what Xiaomi's got. The Xiaomi Mi Watch will have a rounded-corner rectangular display and a digital crown on its right side for controlling its UI.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

Huawei Watch GT 2 Review: Similar experience, bigger battery

The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a smartwatch that runs the company's own mobile operating system Lite OS. It does not run Google's Wear OS, and it's not exactly like what Samsung has with their smartwatches running Tizen. This watch looks a lot like most smartwatches released over the past several years, with a few watch faces built-in, a few sensors under its hood, and a decent display. But here's the kicker: It's got the battery life of your average tablet.

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Apple Watch watchOS 6.1 arrives: AirPods Pro support plus Series 1/2 update

Apple Watch watchOS 6.1 arrives: AirPods Pro support plus Series 1/2 update

Apple has released watchOS 6.1, adding support for the new AirPods Pro, and delivering some excellent news for the earliest-adopters of the smartwatch. Pushed out today, this new version brings watchOS 6 to Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 owners, an impressive feat given that now means almost all generations of the wearable are compatible with the latest software.

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Moto 360 back from the dead as a classy Wear OS smartwatch

Moto 360 back from the dead as a classy Wear OS smartwatch

Raise your hand if you thought the Moto 360 would make a comeback? One of the earliest Android Wear smartwatches, the Moto 360 carved out a place in many Android users' hearts with its circular display and near-analog styling. Now, it's being brought back from the crypt, but as with any resurrection there's some small print.

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Snapdragon Wear 3300 could give Wear OS a long-overdue boost

Snapdragon Wear 3300 could give Wear OS a long-overdue boost

It seems that the wearable market suddenly got a little bit more interesting. At least if you're coming from the Wear OS side of things. Google is rumored to be buying wearable giant Fitbit which could give Wear OS smartwatches a new edge. Now another new edge is coming via Qualcomm based on new code for the Linux kernel. Apparently, a new Snapdragon Wear 3300 might be in the works and it could give smartwatches a much-needed performance upgrade.

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Xiaomi’s teasing an extremely Apple Watch-looking wearable

Xiaomi’s teasing an extremely Apple Watch-looking wearable

Today the folks at Xiaomi decided to tease a new device that'll be revealed on November 5th, 2019. Previous code leaks suggest that Xiaomi's likely set to reveal a "Mi Watch" that's also been referred to with the name "Mi Wear". Xiaomi uses the name "Mi" quite a bit, and previously had (and still has) an app called Mi Fit for their "Mi Band" devices. Now they may be stepping up a bit in the world.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro smartwatches gain sleep tracking function

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro smartwatches gain sleep tracking function

There is no shortage of Wear OS smartwatches in the market. In fact, some might say there are too many of them. Almost all of them are now made by fashion brands like Fossil and few if not no tech company has remained in that market for long. The exception is, of course, Mobvoi wit it's rather interesting TicWatch Pro. That smartwatch has just become even more interesting with the addition of sleep tracking which comes via a simple app, no new purchases required.

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