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Galaxy Watch 4 launch date revealed in Amazon Canada leak

Galaxy Watch 4 launch date revealed in Amazon Canada leak

Most of the leaks for Samsung's next batch of devices have focused on its foldable phones. There is, however, just as much interest in its next smartwatches, mostly because of the fusion of Google's Wear OS platform and Samsung's One UI experience. There have been a few leaks and rumors here and there, but it seems that we've been treated to what could be the closest thing to official details. All thanks to a clerical error over at Amazon Canada.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 briefly appear in Samsung video

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 briefly appear in Samsung video

We've seen quite a good number of leaks about Samsung's next products, and, in fact, there might be an overabundance of them. These are, of course, unofficial images, mostly renders, of the products, often based on other leaks and rumors. It's an entirely different matter when Samsung itself does the teasing, even for a split second. Unfortunately, this brief sighting of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 doesn't add anything substantially new to the growing body of knowledge about these products.

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OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

OnePlus Watch iFixit teardown reveals no hidden surprises

Although it isn't exactly its first wearable, the OnePlus Watch is the company's first dip into the smartwatch pool. Not all first tries come out perfectly, however, and the OnePlus Watch seems to have disappointed many reviewers. Fortunately, most of those criticisms can be addressed with software updates, but some found the hardware to also be mediocre or common. iFixit takes the OnePlus Watch through its usual teardown process, and, fortunately, it was uneventful in a good way.

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Galaxy Gear owners must upgrade to Tizen or lose Galaxy Store access

Galaxy Gear owners must upgrade to Tizen or lose Galaxy Store access

Samsung was one of the first major smartphone makers to jump on the smartwatch ship, and, unsurprisingly, its first smartwatch didn't use Google's nascent Android Wear back then. It struck off on its own with a customized version of Android running inside the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It has come full circle and has returned to Android again, this time with Wear OS running on the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series. Surprisingly, there might still be some owners of the Galaxy Gear around, and Samsung is now urging them to switch to its Tizen OS if they want access to some smartwatch apps.

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Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 prices leak ahead of August event

Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 prices leak ahead of August event

It seems that Samsung's Unpacked has been set, and fans will be counting down the days to the company's new devices. Most of the attention will probably be lavished on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, and, without the Galaxy S21 FE, that will be it as far as phones are concerned. That said, Samsung does also have wearables destined to debut at the same time, and a new rumor gives those excited for the Galaxy Watch 4 series and Galaxy Buds 2 an idea of how much they need to save up.

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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak points to a familiar design

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak points to a familiar design

It seems that Samsung is really ready to go all out on its next generation of wearables powered, not by its own Tizen OS, but Wear OS by Google. In addition to making a big splash about the new user experience that will arrive with the merger of One UI and Wear OS, we have also heard about at least two smartwatch models that will be available in various sizes or configurations. One of those will apparently be called the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, and, based on these leaked renders, it will be giving that name its due.

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GRAY aims to “transform” Apple Watch with torched titanium

GRAY aims to “transform” Apple Watch with torched titanium

An Apple Watch case collection called RESKAR was revealed by the folks at GRAY this week. The accessories don't exactly change the way the user wears an Apple Watch, and the device still remains a watch. But if ever there were a set of watchbands and encasement elements for Apple Watch that made the device look like a different machine altogether - this is it.

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Galaxy Watch 3 won’t be getting Wear OS

Galaxy Watch 3 won’t be getting Wear OS

Samsung just made its big wearable spiel earlier, exciting Wear OS users of what's coming next. The next Galaxy Watch will be the first wearable to run Google's new wearable platform, one that will look more like One UI rather than the Wear OS some have become familiar with. Unfortunately for Galaxy Watch fans, the news isn't exactly all good, and while Samsung promises it won't abandon owners of its Tizen-based smartwatches, it is practically leaving them behind anyway.

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Samsung Google smartwatch OS at MWC 2021: One UI on top

Samsung Google smartwatch OS at MWC 2021: One UI on top

There's a new Samsung Galaxy Watch device coming from Samsung here in 2021, a device that'll be the first to run software developed jointly by Google and Samsung. It'll run its own Samsung-specific iteration of that software: A user experience called One UI Watch. As a Samsung representative said today, "One UI Watch will be available for Galaxy Watch on the new, unified platform [Samsung] jointly built with Google."

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 leaks, ready for 2021

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 4 leaks, ready for 2021

A few images were shared this week that show a device called Galaxy Watch Active 4. If the rumored device ends up being made, revealed, and released by Samsung, it'll likely be the first of the smartwatches released after the public announcement of Google and Samsung's teaming up for smartwatch / wearables software. This device will likely look very similar to the images we're seeing here - maybe a few tones brighter or darker, but similar.

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Wear OS 3.0 upgrade hopes dashed yet again by uncertainty

Wear OS 3.0 upgrade hopes dashed yet again by uncertainty

Google has taken users of its smartwatch platform on an adventure these past few weeks. It dangled the promise of what could be the biggest update to Wear OS yet but then opted to remain mum on any update plans until later this year. Smartwatch makers didn't help matters by being just as ambiguous about updating existing smartwatches to what is now unofficially dubbed Wear OS 3.0. Qualcomm has tried to remove doubts about the capability of its Snapdragon Wear chipsets to run this upgraded experience. Still, Google itself may have doused some cold water on that again by implying it might not be the case.

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Wear OS 3.0 can run on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

Wear OS 3.0 can run on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100

Excitement over the next major iteration of Wear OS was tempered by the most important question of all, "will it run on my smartwatch?" Unfortunately, Google's official statement is to wait for its official statement, and manufacturers other than Fossil have been ambiguous about their commitment to current Wear OS smartwatches in the market. That has, in turn, raised questions about the upcoming Wear OS's hardware requirements, which Qualcomm is now settling by saying that even its nearly three-year-old Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform is capable of running Wear OS 3.0.

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