smartwatches

PineTime is Pine64’s upcoming stab at an open source smartwatch

PineTime is Pine64’s upcoming stab at an open source smartwatch

There have been attempts at making and selling source open source-friendly devices, from desktops to tablets to, of course, smartphones. There are even open source and privacy-oriented smart speakers. All that's missing is a smartwatch, one that's not just a smartwatch OS slapped in proprietary hardware. Rising to that challenge is Pine64, creators of a line of ARM-powered open source friendly computing products. While it says that PineTime smartwatch is just a side project, interest could catapult it to an actual product in the very near future.

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Apple Watch Series 5 hands-on: Always-on display is a keeper

Apple Watch Series 5 hands-on: Always-on display is a keeper

There's probably a long German word for the act of refining something which is already at the top of its segment, and if I knew what it was I'd be using it for the Apple Watch Series 5. Despite the best efforts of Google, Samsung, and others, the Apple Watch tends to be the go-to in smartwatches, not least for its combination of fitness tracking, design, and app functionality.

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Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy A phones launch in the US

Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Watch Active 2, Galaxy A phones launch in the US

IFA 2019 has just begun in Europe but over in the US another kind of wave is starting courtesy of Samsung. No, not the wave that has been started by the incessant opening and closing of its re-launching Galaxy Fold phones, since that's not due to arrive until another "few" weeks. Instead, Samsung is trying to kickstart the school season and get ahead of holiday shopping by revealing when its latest Galaxy devices will hit stores starting today.

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Garmin heads to IFA 2019 with eight new smartwatches

Garmin heads to IFA 2019 with eight new smartwatches

We're in the midst of IFA 2019, and Garmin decided to show up to the event with a slew of new wearables in hand. In all, Garmin is launching eight different smartwatches today, many of them with a number of variants to boot. These watches all seem to have the same core feature set centered around fitness, with one or two major differences to make them stand out in the lineup.

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Apple Watch patents hint at the wearable’s future direction

Apple Watch patents hint at the wearable’s future direction

While the majority of patents never really get implemented into actual products or features, they can still be a useful indicator of a company's vision for the future. They can even hold clues to features that may someday actually make it into products, provided the technology or hardware already exists. That may be the case for three out of dozens of patents that Apple granted today which relate to the Apple Watch. Interesting on their own, the three also paint the picture of a future wearable that isn't only more secure but also more health-focused.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 leak reveals better features and still no Wear OS

Huawei Watch GT 2 leak reveals better features and still no Wear OS

Huawei may one day have to face a mobile future without Google but while that may spell no small amount of trouble for its smartphones, one segment seems to already be well off without Android. Huawei was once a popular Android Wear, now Wear OS, smartwatch maker until suddenly it wasn't anymore. Despite that, the Huawei Watch GT seemed to have achieved popularity and market success so much that Huawei is now rumored to moving on to a Watch GT 2, still without Google in tow.

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Apple Watch sleep tracking coming this year, no special hardware needed

Apple Watch sleep tracking coming this year, no special hardware needed

The Apple Watch, especially the Apple Watch Series 4, has become an almost tiny diagnostics lab that has helped save dozens of lives. Despite that, it ironically lacks one feature that has almost become a staple on fitness trackers and smartwatches. Apple Watches still don't do sleep tracking, a feature that was initially expected to land sometime in 2020. Fortunately, it seems that Apple is finally satisfied with an option that will allow even existing Apple Watches to offer that feature without requiring new hardware.

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Apple Watch screen replacement program promises free crack fix

Apple Watch screen replacement program promises free crack fix

Apple has begun an Apple Watch screen replacement program, after finding that the glass displays of certain models can unexpectedly crack around the touchscreen. The new replacement scheme comes after some Apple Watch owners reported spreading cracks around the rounded edge of the wearable's display.

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Google considered giving its Pixel Watch a camera

Google considered giving its Pixel Watch a camera

Google has designed a smartwatch with a camera integrated into the display, potentially tipping one possible way that the long-rumored Pixel Watch could differentiate itself from the Apple Watch and other wearables. Talk of a Pixel Watch, to sit alongside the Pixel range of smartphones and act as a flagship example of what Wear OS by Google could do, has simmered for several years now.

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Garmin fenix 6 series goes big with a solar powered watch

Garmin fenix 6 series goes big with a solar powered watch

Today Garmin pulled the veil back on its fenix 6 series of smartwatches. The watches in the fenix 6 line come with all of the improvements you'd expect in a refresh, with Garmin touting the series' larger displays, improved performance, and increased battery life in its announcement today. That's all well and good of course, but Garmin also has quite the marquee feature up its sleeve: A solar-powered watch.

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Fitbit Versa 2 packs Amazon Alexa to challenge Apple Watch

Fitbit Versa 2 packs Amazon Alexa to challenge Apple Watch

Fitbit today announced the Versa 2, and it could very well become a challenger to Apple Watch's dominance in the smartwatch space. That's because the Versa 2 comes equipped with Amazon Alexa - the first of Fitbit's smartwatch lineup to support Amazon's voice assistant. Though Alexa is the Versa 2's marquee feature, Versa 2 buyers will also get the feature set we're used to seeing out of Fitbit's smartwatches.

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Garmin Fenix 6 series to offer athletes a smartwatch to call their own

Garmin Fenix 6 series to offer athletes a smartwatch to call their own

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen but the majority of them seem to be targeted as a specific class of users that prefer casual or classy looking timepieces. Even those designed for active users wouldn't really look out of place in a board meeting or gala. Athletes and fitness buffs, however, need more than just a handsome smartwatch. They need one that caters to their specific lifestyle and uses cases as well. Navigation expert Garmin might deliver exactly that in the upcoming Fenix 6 series of smartwatches headed to IFA next month.

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