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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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Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Best rugged smartwatches worth your wrist time in 2021

Over the years smartwatches have evolved into intelligent gadgets capable of taking control of our lifestyle for better health, thanks to their accurate fitness tracking features. Another dimension that’s been added in today’s smartwatches is the ability to track progress for hardcore outdoor activities and intense sports regimes - along with the ability to train, coach or plan adventure-centric activities - via smart app modes.

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OnePlus Watch won’t run Wear OS, other specs leak

OnePlus Watch won’t run Wear OS, other specs leak

OnePlus fans are probably excited for the company's first smartwatch (not its first wearable, mind) coming in just a few days alongside its early 2021 flagship. However, OnePlus's own CEO may have poured some cold water on that enthusiasm, at least depending on their expectations and opinions about smartwatch operating systems. Unlike what it has done with smartphones and its smart TV and more in line with the OnePlus Band, the company has decided to craft its own smartwatch OS mostly for the sake of battery life.

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Wear OS could see an explosion of Tiles in Spring

Wear OS could see an explosion of Tiles in Spring

Although it is present on a wide variety of smartwatches from an equally wide variety of brands, Wear OS still seems to have less traction and a weaker hold on the smartwatch market. Some point to the slow adoption of up-to-date hardware, like the most recent Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, while others blame the seemingly slow-paced development of Wear OS itself. There's also the disappointing lack of support for third-party experiences, something that Google will finally be addressing this year with third-party Tiles.

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Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 might be around the corner

Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 might be around the corner

Samsung didn't announce a new smartwatch when it unpacked the Galaxy S21 series last January but that wasn't at all surprising nor disappointing. Samsung usually launches its wearables in the third quarter of the year, along with the Galaxy Note series of that year. 2021, however, seems to be a year of big changes for Samsung, especially in its release cadence. According to a new tip, the Galaxy Watch 4 might be announced in the next few months, including a somewhat unexpected Galaxy Watch Active 4.

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Motorola Wear OS smartwatch could run on Snapdragon Wear 4100

Motorola Wear OS smartwatch could run on Snapdragon Wear 4100

There was quite a buzz recently about Motorola launching three new smartwatches this year after being absent in that market for so long. Granted, it is more likely to be made by a different manufacturer that simply licensed the Moto trademark but, for buyers, the distinction is unlikely to make a difference. That, however, might not actually be the end of the story as there might be a possibility that Motorola (or licensee eBuyNow) may have a fourth one in the works with a rather tempting spec.

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Wear OS “OK, Google” bug is finally getting a fix soon

Wear OS “OK, Google” bug is finally getting a fix soon

Smartwatches are rather curious little gadgets that are like miniaturized and watered-down versions of our smartwatches. For better or worse, that means that smartwatches can't really use the same interaction conventions and UIs that are almost second nature on smartphones. While touch screens and buttons are always an option, Google has been pushing for more hands-free controls on Wear OS using Google Assistant. Unfortunately, an important part of the process has been broken for months before the company committed to working on a fix.

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Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung was actually the first manufacturer to come out with an Android-based smartwatch even before there was Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google. It used a modified version of Android that, unfortunately, meant Samsung had to do things its own way yet again. Eventually, it decided to just ditch Android altogether, aside from at least one model, and created its own experience around Tizen OS. Now, however, a single rumor has users taking sides on whether Samsung switching to Wear OS is a good thing or not.

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Hublot Big Bang e Premier League brings Wear OS to football

Hublot Big Bang e Premier League brings Wear OS to football

Wear OS by Google, formerly Android Wear, also by Google, still leaves some things to be desired but no one can deny how it opened up the smartwatch market to more players. While it ironically seems to have pushed away smartphone makers, it invited traditional watchmakers to the party. That includes ones that make super-expensive luxury watches like Hublot who is bringing a Bing Bang e Premier League edition to fans of football or, as it is known in the US and some parts of the world, soccer.

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Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

One of the benefits of the openness of the Android platform is that users technically aren't limited to getting apps just from Google Play Store or any app store for that matter. At their own risks, users could simply "sideload" or install APKs for apps that are distributed outside of those channels. That feature has more or less also been available on Android's wearable version but Google is soon making a major change that would make sideloading Wear OS apps next to impossible.

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Google’s Fitbit buyout closes as execs try to tamp down privacy fears

Google’s Fitbit buyout closes as execs try to tamp down privacy fears

Way back in November 2019, Google announced its intention to acquire Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. The acquisition has clear benefits for Google, as bringing Fitbit under the Google umbrella could help the company build out Wear OS in a big way, but the proposed acquisition was met with a significant amount of resistance from regulators and advocacy groups alike. Fast forward to today and Google's acquisition of Fitbit is complete, but not without some hefty promises made on the part of Google.

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Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch line revealed (for Verizon)

Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch line revealed (for Verizon)

This week the folks at Fossil revealed a new set of smartwatches aimed at simplicity, beauty, and functionality. It would appear that at this point in the history of the smartwatch, Fossil's realized that their best bet at taking on the titan that is Apple and its Apple Watch is making a solid, reliable experience that doesn't break the bank. With that in mind, they've revealed the Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch.

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