Wearables

Samsung Galaxy Fit health and sleep tracker hits stores for under $100

Samsung Galaxy Fit health and sleep tracker hits stores for under $100

Samsung's Galaxy Fit wearable is reaching store shelves, with the fitness tracker promising to be a lightweight, smarter way to track exercise without breaking the bank in the process. Announced alongside the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Buds - together with the Galaxy S10 family - back in February, the Galaxy Fit looks more like a Fitbit than a smartwatch.

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Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Google hasn't exactly been the most consistent when it comes to its wearable platform. It rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS and changed the way the OS looked and behave. But after a brief period of activity, it let things slide again. Last month it attempted to revive interest in the platform with its new Tiles UI. Unfortunately, the initial rollout was incomplete and it's only now that a feature enabling Tiles to be moved, added, and removed from your phone is rolling out little by little.

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Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Apple Watch gets new faces, Apple apps in watchOS 6

Independent apps and an Apple Watch App Store aren't the only big things coming to Apple's wearables in watchOS 6. Apple also revealed today that the Apple Watch will be getting five new watch faces along with a feature called "taptic chimes." If that weren't enough, Apple Watch is also set to receive more Apple apps, further making it less dependent on being paired with an iPhone.

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Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit has always been a contrarian. When people said smartwatches are on the way out, it launched its own smartwatches. When the market seemed to coalesce around Apple watchOS and Wear OS by Google, it struck off on its own with its own wearable OS. And despite the handful of mobile payment systems competing in the market, it jumped into the fray with its own Fitbit Pay, an investment that may be paying off now that you can pay for your rides in seven systems around the world.

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Meta AR headset gets second chance with a big name in charge

Meta AR headset gets second chance with a big name in charge

Augmented reality headset Meta is getting a second chance, with a new company - and some heavyweight mixed-reality management - snapping up the tech after its creator's demise earlier in the year. Meta Company made headlines with its AR wearable and even began selling different versions of the headset; however a funding crunch left the firm insolvent as its lenders sold the assets out from under it.

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Amazon’s secret wearable might have an emotion-detecting Alexa

Amazon’s secret wearable might have an emotion-detecting Alexa

Amazon is already neck-deep in the world of smart assistants with Alexa, but today we're learning that it may be working on new technology that will make these AI assistants quite a bit more capable. Amazon is said to working on a new wearable device that can discern human emotions, and while it would indeed be pretty cool if it was able to pick up on human emotions accurately, it's sure to spark an entirely new privacy debate.

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Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back – so is AR uncertainty

Google Glass is back from the dead, with a new $999 headset that delivers upgraded capabilities, longer battery life, and the promise of new confusion around augmented reality. The Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is, as the name makes clear, not really intended for consumers. Instead, Google is hoping to convince businesses that their workers should be wearing a computer.

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New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

New Google Glass E2 as team exits X, now Google proper

Google buried the lede with their newest Google Glass press release, focusing on the newest device rather than the group's biggest move to date. The group responsible for Google Glass will, for the first time since inception, move from Alphabet's "X" to Google proper. This move was made, according to Google, to "meet the demands of the growing market for wearables in the workplace and to better scale our enterprise efforts."

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Samsung update One UI finally reaches wearables

Samsung update One UI finally reaches wearables

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, and Gear S3 are in for a treat in the very near future as the company brings One UI to the bunch. As we've had experience with each of the devices on the list as well as Samsung's One UI on smartphones of several sorts, today we're exploring the company's approach in this land of wearables. Once we get the update sent to these devices in our review shop, we'll be set for updated reviews, as well.

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North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North Focals conversation mode silences smart glasses when you’re chatting

North's Focals smart glasses are becoming more aware of what's going on around you, with a new conversation detection mode promising to minimize distractions while you're engaged in real life. The new feature is part of North's latest update for the digitally-upgraded glasses, rolling out from today.

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Wear OS Tiles have started rolling out to some users

Wear OS Tiles have started rolling out to some users

Just when you thought Google has mostly forgotten about the other incarnations of Android, it revealed a few updates related to those just before Google I/O next week. Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, isn't getting a major overhaul again but it is getting a new major feature called Tiles. And more than just the advanced announcement, it seems that Google is also pushing the feature to users in advance as well.

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Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Wear OS slips as Huawei overtakes Fossil, Apple Watch still top dog

Now that non-iPad tablets are practically gone, the next tech market that is being eyed with uncertainty is the smartwatch segment. Straddling the fine line between fitness tracker and smartphone, many aren't able to make heads or tails of what smartwatches should really be. The good news for players in this field is that a recent study shows that the market grew by 48% since last year. The bad news for Google is that it is barely part of that growth.

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