Wear OS

Google Fit on Wear OS GPS battery saving mode has a catch

Google Fit on Wear OS GPS battery saving mode has a catch

There are dozens of smartwatches available in the market today and they mostly differ in design and available functionality. Two things that most of them have in common, though, are location tracking and poor battery life. Now the Google Fit for Wear OS by Google is being updated to include a special low power GPS mode but its power-saving benefits only really kick in under very specific circumstances.

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Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

The Google Pixel 3 Lite is set to launch later this year and undercut the iPhone XR, a new report claims, bringing the long-anticipated Google smartwatch and other hardware with it. It's said to be part of Google's attempt to expand its audience with Pixel smartphones, offering a more affordable version as it scales up its hardware ambitions with a number of new devices and form-factors.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E2, S2 launch with TicMotion activity recognition

Mobvoi TicWatch E2, S2 launch with TicMotion activity recognition

There is no shortage of Wear OS smartwatches these days but, not so long ago, Mobvoi made a name for itself by being Google’s entry into the Chinese wearable market. These days, the company is making headlines with Wear OS products that are often half the price of their nearest competition. Announced earlier this month at CES 2019, the TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2 are finally available for purchase and its bringing more than just swim monitoring.

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Google buys Fossil smartwatch tech: New devices inbound

Google buys Fossil smartwatch tech: New devices inbound

Google and Fossil Group just announced that there'll be a $40 million deal to buy IP-related wearable info from the watch-maker. Smartwatches and such from Google's Android Wear - or Wear OS, if you're nasty - might well be changing quite a bit in the near future. This deal includes not only data, but some members of Fossil's R&D team, too.

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Whirlpool smart appliances can soon be controlled from Wear OS

Whirlpool smart appliances can soon be controlled from Wear OS

Appliances, even some that may not make sense, these days are getting smarter just by connecting to the Internet. That, however, is almost moot if you can’t control them at your convenience. Sure, you can probably ask your smart speaker, but what if you don’t have one. Sure, you can use your smartphone, but what if you left it in the other room? Fortunately, there are such things as smartwatches that may always be on your wrist all the time. And if you have a Wear OS smartwatch and a Whirlpool connected appliance, those two will soon be able to talk to one another as well.

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Louis Vuitton luxury Tambour Horizon smartwatch gets Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip

Louis Vuitton luxury Tambour Horizon smartwatch gets Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip

When it comes to smartwatches, Louis Vuitton isn't the first name that comes to mind, but the luxury designer has produced its Wear OS-powered Tambour Horizon wearable since 2017. Now it's announced that the timepiece is being upgraded for 2019 with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, which was built in collaboration with Google.

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Dark Sky for Wear OS finally available

Dark Sky for Wear OS finally available

When it comes to weather, Dark Sky is one of the most trusted and most used data sources around. It’s so famous that other apps pay to get access to that data to serve to their own users in their own unique way. Dark Sky is already available on all major mobile platforms unless you count smartwatch platforms. Well, now it really is because Dark Sky, at long last, is available on Wear OS by Google, formerly Android Wear, also by Google.

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Wear OS Version H silently rolls out to improve battery life

Wear OS Version H silently rolls out to improve battery life

Is Google itself downplaying the relevance of its Wear OS smartwatch platform? That seems to be the case when nary a mention of smartwatches was made in its latest Google Assistant dump of new features. And now it has almost silently made an update to Wear OS, simply called "Version H" that you'd think would actually be of interest to its users. Because while it might not be a grand update, it addresses one of the biggest flaws of smartwatches to date: battery life.

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Fossil Sport puts latest Wear 3100 chip in colorful smartwatch

Fossil Sport puts latest Wear 3100 chip in colorful smartwatch

With Wear OS receiving a redesign back in September, a few manufacturers have been looking to leverage the OS in new devices. Fossil is one of those manufacturers, today announcing a new smartwatch simply called Fossil Sport. Customization is the name of the game here, as the Fossil Sport is launching in six colors with what Fossil describes as "endless" strap options.

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Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Wear OS is headed down the road of irrelevance

Days before its big Pixel event, Google released its latest version of its wearable spin on Android. Not Android Wear, of course, but Wear OS, this time version 2.0. The release was met with generally positive response, praising the more streamlined UI that finally makes it more convenient to use navigate through the smartwatch. It didn’t take long, however, for the initial excitement over Wear OS 2.0 to die down, for one reason or another. It is, unfortunately, indicative of the problem that threatens to ultimately make Android smartwatches obsolete and irrelevant.

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TicWatch C2 Wear OS watch unveiled, TicPods Free now available

TicWatch C2 Wear OS watch unveiled, TicPods Free now available

Mobvoi has unveiled the TicWatch C2, a Wear OS smartwatch joining the company's previously launched TicWatch models. The new offering features a combination of stainless steel and genuine leather, as well as classy designs and various color options. According to the maker, the rose gold version of the TicWatch C2 is Mobvoi's thinnest smartwatch to date, this one designed specifically for slim wrists.

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Misfit Vapor 2 gets GPS, NFC and two sizes

Misfit Vapor 2 gets GPS, NFC and two sizes

It seems that Misfit found some success with the Vapor, because today the company announced the Vapor 2. The first Vapor launched nearly a year ago, and the newer Vapor 2 has some things in common with its predecessor. For instance, if you own an original Vapor, then some models of the Vapor 2 will look instantly familiar.

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