smartwatches

Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Despite being based on the same popular Android platform, Wear OS by Google isn't exactly as popular. It definitely outnumbers other smartwatches by the sheer fact that there are many manufacturers using it for dozens of smartwatches but, as far as mind share goes, Samsung's Galaxy Watches might actually have an edge. Unfortunately, it could soon be losing that as the company has been consistently rumored to be dropping its Tizen-based smartwatch OS for Wear OS but it isn't all good news, at least based on this latest leak.

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Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

You have probably heard of complaints and criticisms regarding the development pace of Wear OS, or rather the lack of it. Some feel that it doesn't get as much love from Google and that Wear OS seems to exist only so that Google would have something to show for in the wearable market. Google hasn't exactly abandoned it, as shown by the arrival of its Gboard virtual keyboard on Wear OS. Unfortunately, it also reveals exactly how long it took to make that happen.

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OnePlus Watch Always-On Display finally arrives in latest update

OnePlus Watch Always-On Display finally arrives in latest update

Although it wasn't its first wearable, OnePlus' first smartwatch wasn't as warmly received as its smart fitness band. Perhaps it was partly due to high expectations for a wearable that was hoped to be launched nearly half a decade ago. While the OnePlus Watch has been panned for its lackluster experience, the good news is that the company is quick to push out updates. The latest, in fact, brings one much-requested feature that puts it on par with most smartwatches, but the cost of battery life.

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Apple Watch with blood glucose monitor could come next year

Apple Watch with blood glucose monitor could come next year

Smartwatches today have gained a lot of functionality that could monitor more than just your activity or movement. They can gauge the quality of your sleep, measure your heart rate, and, at least in some cases, even take note of blood oxygen levels. There are, however, still some things they can't do, like standalone blood pressure measurement or non-invasive blood sugar monitoring. The latter, however, might be getting closer to reality with an Apple Watch with such a feature in tow coming as soon as 2022.

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OnePlus Watch vs Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite: A close comparison

OnePlus Watch vs Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite: A close comparison

OnePlus Watch is a bit of a latecomer to the party but it did eventually arrive. The smartwatch is entering a very competitive space where users demand good hardware with the assurance of a seamless software experience. Of course, accuracy of all the fancy health and fitness tracking is a must, if a smartwatch has to resonate with the users.

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nubia RedMagic Watch now available in global markets

nubia RedMagic Watch now available in global markets

It seems that nubia's mobile gaming brand is slowly growing outside of its comfort zone. While its rivals are still busy improving their smartphones, RedMagic is breaking out into the accessories and wearables. Following the odd-looking Cyberpods earbuds last year, the sub-brand launched its first smartwatch last month in China. Now that RedMagic Watch is available for purchase in international markets in the hopes of hooking RedMagic fans into the mobile gaming brand's growing ecosystem.

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Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch is the do-all fitness tracker

The Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch will cost you approximately $400 - let's talk about why. The Garmin Venu 2 does everything the original Venu does, but ALSO adds an array of new features. This watch works with GPS (and GLONASS, GALILEO), heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, ambient light sensor, pulse ox blood oxygen saturation monitor, and a battery time of up to 10 days in smartwatch mode. It has a touchscreen, color display, and is able to connect to Android and iOS devices.

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OnePlus Watch update addresses major complaints, AOD still coming

OnePlus Watch update addresses major complaints, AOD still coming

OnePlus launched its first smartwatch last month after years of rumors and growing expectations. Unfortunately, the OnePlus Watch seems to have fallen short of the hype it generated, with many reviewers panning the wearable device. Fortunately, many of those complaints revolve around errors or missing features that can be addressed by software updates. That's exactly what OnePlus is doing now with the OnePlus Watch's first-ever firmware update that will hopefully make the $160 smartwatch a bit more worthwhile.

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Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

We’ve been through a stressful last year wherein staying in shape – being active – took a serious back seat for many of us. Things don’t look very promising even today, but little strides back to normalcy have begun. It’s then time to consider health and fitness a little more seriously. When you get into some sort of routine – or if you’re already at some level in your fitness journey - you’d require a wearable to track the fitness and health parameters.

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Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

Google Pixel Watch release date and look leaked

The Google Pixel Watch appears to have leaked at last. The look of the watch, along with some basic details about the device's release date and abilities, have appeared in a report today before official launch. The device will likely launch with a circular touchscreen display, several casing options, and a bunch of different watch bands with different colors.

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Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

Wear OS UV Index info wants to save you from the sun

The weather is starting to heat up and summer will be coming up soon. In addition to being cooped up inside most of the time due to the pandemic, that will most likely be an invitation and temptation for some people to go out and about, sometimes going to beaches even. During those times, another enemy of health rears its ugly head but Google is pushing out a new Wear OS update that will at least warn you about those harmful ultraviolet rays even before you step out the door.

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Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Fitbit study looks into non-cuff blood pressure monitoring

Smartwatches have become portable mini diagnostic centers, in no small part thanks to Apple's push for sensors that keep track of various aspects of the wearer's health. Those sensors have come a long way and are now able to track not just heart rate but also blood oxygen levels, sleep quality, and even ECG. There are, however, still a few biometrics that can't be easily measured using just a fitness tracker or smartwatch, like glucose levels or blood pressure, and Fitbit's research Labs is trying to find a way to make at least the latter easier.

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