Wearables

Moto G, Moto Watch, Moto One smartwatches coming this year

Moto G, Moto Watch, Moto One smartwatches coming this year

Although it almost sounds like something from the distant past, Motorola has actually been an important part of the mobile industry's history that goes beyond just smartphones. Despite its much-ridiculed "flat tire" design, the Moto 360 was the first smartwatch to dare to have a circular body instead of the easier square chassis. Like other smartphone makers, Motorola stepped back from making wearables but it seems it is now coming back with not one but three smartwatches this year.

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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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Omate O6L Pro smartwatch for kids packs software SIM and 4G LTE

Omate O6L Pro smartwatch for kids packs software SIM and 4G LTE

Omate is back with another Nanoblocks smartwatch for kids, this one featuring 4G LTE connectivity and a software SIM. The new O6L Pro model is visually similar to the 3G version of the Omate x Nanoblocks smartwatch the company introduced back in 2018, but with updated tech that powers a number of features, including video calls, messaging, and more.

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Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

With the introduction of its XR1 platform, Qualcomm indicated that AR would be something of a big focus for it, and now it has announced a new AR Smart Viewer reference design. We've already seen Smart Viewer reference designs from Qualcomm in the past, but those focused more on a combined AR and VR experience. This new reference design seems to be focused wholly on AR, and as a result, it has more versatility than so-called “Simple” AR Smart Viewers that connect to a smartphone and are aimed primarily at streaming media.

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Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Google might already consider its acquisition of Fitbit a done deal but there are still some loose ends that need to be addressed. In the meantime, however, the two seem to be proceeding as normal, at least behind the scenes. While Fitbit will most likely continue to operate as it is now, there might be some changes afoot in the way it does business. That may include a cheaper subscription tier that may also be Google's way to monetize the data the fitness tracker giant will be able to gather.

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Samsung AR glasses concept videos look very ambitious

Samsung AR glasses concept videos look very ambitious

Every major tech company except Google might be working on some AR headset or another. While Google may have dropped the ball, rumors about Apple's own AR glasses refuse to die. Naturally, Samsung won't be left behind, at least not for long. It has, after all, already dabbled in virtual reality and it might be looking into jumping into augmented reality if these leaked concept videos indicate the company's future vision for such wearables.

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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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Signia Motion Charge&Go X hearing aids include ‘super power’ model

Signia Motion Charge&Go X hearing aids include ‘super power’ model

Signia has introduced its new Motion Charge&GO X line of hearing aids, including the SP X 'super power' rechargeable model made for users who have severe hearing loss. The SP X is joined by two other Motion Charge&Go X hearing aid models: the P X and the X, both of which are rechargeable and feature behind-the-ear designs.

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Apple Watch 5, Watch SE free repairs offered for charging issue

Apple Watch 5, Watch SE free repairs offered for charging issue

Bugs in consumer electronics, especially in smart devices, have almost become a fact of life but most of those can thankfully be fixed by a software update. Unfortunately, there are times when the bugs also hit some hardware component that then requires some fix or replacement. That seems to be the case with the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE that suddenly refused to charge when they enter Power Reserve mode. Fortunately, Apple is offering to repair those smartwatches for free if they exhibit these symptoms.

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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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Facebook smartwatch with social media features tipped to launch in 2022

Facebook smartwatch with social media features tipped to launch in 2022

Facebook may be planning to launch a smartwatch in 2022, according to a new report, marking yet another hardware project for the social media company. As you'd expect, the smartwatch will reportedly tie in with the Facebook platform, enabling users to access the service in addition to more general wearable features like fitness tracking.

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