Wearable

Wear OS gets a mandatory quality review process on Google Play Store

Wear OS gets a mandatory quality review process on Google Play Store

Google is making a bit of noise about something that users may have presumed has actually been the case even when Wear OS by Google was known by a different name: Android Wear. The Android maker is now giving smartwatch app developers a heads up to tell them that starting next month, all new Wear OS apps are required to undergo a review process before being listed on the Google Play Store. This is to ensure the quality of apps that should really be a primary concern in the first place.

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Lotus is a wearable panic button, sort of

Lotus is a wearable panic button, sort of

The Lotus by Seam is a small button with a microphone, a speaker, and a bluetooth connection. Lotus can be attached to a person's clothing, a necklace, a backpack, or whatever else the user might consider handy. The button works with the user's smartphone and an app called Seam Personal Security. This app connects the user to up to 5 contacts with which GPS, video, and audio information can be shared at a tap.

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Fitbit Charge 3 leak hints at massive changes

Fitbit Charge 3 leak hints at massive changes

Despite the fanciness and versatility of smartwatches, fitness trackers still outnumber and outsell them for various reasons. Those include price, function, and battery life. The two different but related worlds, however, are close to colliding, especially with the likes of Fitbit having a foot down in both worlds. While the Ionic and the Versa try to bridge the gap from the smartwatch side, the upcoming Charge 3 will seemingly reach out from the fitness tracker side. That said, all the improvements it brings may come at a heavy price, figuratively.

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Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Fossil Group has released a new Wear OS smartwatch, the Michael Kors Runway, featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 alongside a classy design and heart rate tracking. This is a smartwatch version of the classic Michael Kors Runway watch, adding new silicone band options while retaining the same generally small size.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch release date, features, pricing

Samsung Galaxy Watch release date, features, pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Watch continues the legacy of the smartwatch line called Samsung Galaxy Gear - but with a far superior brand. The Galaxy Watch works with TIZEN Wearable OS and has built-in hardware bits that allow it to work without the aid of a smartphone. This smartwatch is ready to be released in two sizes and with interchangeable watch straps for unlimited customization options.

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Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

Magic Leap One Creator Edition begins shipping out today

After many years of waiting, Magic Leap is finally ready to launch its flagship product, the Magic Leap One mixed reality headset. This is a launch that's been a long time coming, but even though the headset is shipping out today, there's still plenty of progress to be made. For starters, this is a limited launch that's aimed at developers, with the headset only shipping to folks to certain major cities in the contiguous US.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch date: it’s about time

It’s probably a bad time to launch a new smartwatch these next few weeks, unless you’re Samsung or Apple. That’s because any smartwatch you put into the market will be running on a mobile platform that is effectively two years old. Even older if you consider that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is based on a modified Snapdragon 400 chipset. And in about 30 days, that wearable processor will be rendered obsolete now that Qualcomm itself is teasing when the long-overdue successor, tentatively known as the Snapdragon Wear 3100, will be unveiled.

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Galaxy Watch coming: what we want from Samsung’s next smartwatch

Galaxy Watch coming: what we want from Samsung’s next smartwatch

While we're counting down to Samsung's Unpacked event this Thursday, the company is already dropping hints at something big coming later this month. It might also be literally Samsung's smallest reveal. After the Galaxy Note 9, it might be the time of Samsung's new smartwatch in the limelight. Call it Gear S4 or Galaxy Watch, these are some of the things we want to see in what should be the most advanced smartwatch of the year.

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Fossil Q Gen 4 smartwatches tease onboard GPS, NFC, swimproofing

Fossil Q Gen 4 smartwatches tease onboard GPS, NFC, swimproofing

Watchmakers at Fossil have a fourth-generation Fossil Q to show this week with a more "tech-packed" touchscreen-laden body than they've ever released before. This watch was revealed in two forms: Fossil Q Explorist HR and Fossil Q Venture HR. The Explorist is a bit bigger, while the Venture is a bit smaller, and both roll with Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors and Wear OS by Google.

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Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

Google Glass finds new purpose in autism therapy

It was almost laughed out of tech circles for its design and its not so obvious camera raised all sorts of privacy red flags. But now those features are the very same things that could vindicate the Google Glass in at least one very specific application: helping kids with autism learn to socialize better. At least that’s the preliminary finding of a Stanford study that utilizes the Google Glass to identify facial expressions. And, unsurprisingly, there’s some AI involved as well.

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo outed by Amazon ahead of launch

Almost everything that can be leaked about the Galaxy Note 9 has already been leaked, including some inkling of its price. Even its cases are already out in the open. There are, however, still two companions that continue to be shrouded in mystery: the Galaxy Watch and a new dual charging pad. But thanks to an error on Amazon’s part, we now have a confirmation and a set of images for the Samsung Wireless Charger Duo.

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Nike Training Club app brings exercise data to Apple Watch

Nike Training Club app brings exercise data to Apple Watch

Nike Training Club, the company's personal trainer and workout app, has launched for Apple Watch. The decision to launch the app on Apple Watch was influenced by user feedback, says Nike, which points out the big benefit of using a wearable: you don't need to check your phone repeatedly. The app's arrival on Apple Watch began rolling out today.

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