Wearables

Google Fit Wear OS update comes just in time for the holidays

Google Fit Wear OS update comes just in time for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us, a season that is usually associated with rest, relaxation, and, more often than not, stuffing ourselves beyond capacity. While self-care is definitely important, part of that involves also taking care of physical fitness. Knowing that many health-conscious people will be fussing and fretting over their calories over the next few weeks, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Fit for Wear OS smartwatches that will make keeping track of your workouts actually take less work.

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Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

The acquisition deal might still be incomplete but Google and Fitbit are already bridging the gap between the two's distinct wearable platforms. No, Fitbit still has its own operating system but this latest update to version 5.1 puts at least two of its smartwatches closer to Google's Wear OS. Going beyond Amazon Alexa, Fitbit is now opening the Sense's and Versa 3's doors to Google Assistant while also adding more health monitoring features that make the smartwatches even better than before.

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Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon Echo Frames available to all – Alexa smart glasses upgraded

Amazon's Alexa glasses, the Echo Frames, are graduating from the retailer's tech preview and going up for general sale, with a bunch of new updates for those eager to wear the assistant on their face. At the same time, fellow Amazon Day 1 Editions product Echo Loop - effectively a ring for interacting with Alexa - is being discontinued, the retailer says.

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Wear OS gets new Tiles to keep track of your wellbeing

Wear OS gets new Tiles to keep track of your wellbeing

Google's wearable platform hasn't enjoyed the raging success that Android has long had on smartphones and even tablets. Sure, Wear OS by Google is pretty much widely used, even by luxury watchmakers, but Apple Watch remains the household name when it comes to smartwatches. Some owners of Wear OS devices have even felt abandoned by Google but the company is now trying to assure these users with an update that will try to keep their heart rate in check and their stress levels low.

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OPPO X1 rollable concept phone, AR Glasses lead company’s future vision

OPPO X1 rollable concept phone, AR Glasses lead company’s future vision

Although it is only recently that OPPO's name became more familiar around the world, the company has long been making innovations in the smartphone space, including some rather unconventional form factors. Those include the OPPO N1's rotating camera as well as the more recent OPPO Find X's pop-up top. These days, however, nothing says "unconventional" more than foldables, swivables, and rollables so it is with great pride that the company is revealing its OPPO X1 2021 rollable concept phone alongside its next step in AR eyewear.

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Citizen CZ Smart jumps head-on into the smartwatch category

Citizen CZ Smart jumps head-on into the smartwatch category

For a time, smartwatches were believed to pose a threat to traditional analog watches. That proved not to be the case, especially as those traditional watchmakers started to embrace smart wearable technology and even gave it a hybrid spin. It's not unusual to hear even luxury watch brands trying to leave their mark in that market and Citizen is just one of the latest to join that bandwagon with its first full digital display smartwatch, the CZ Smart.

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Garmin smartwatches get pregnancy tracking feature in Connect app

Garmin smartwatches get pregnancy tracking feature in Connect app

Garmin has announced a new Connect feature for pregnancy tracking, allowing expectant mothers to keep tabs on their heart rate, blood sugar levels, and even baby movements. The feature is available with certain compatible Garmin smartwatches, and likewise includes the ability to 'pause' training status to avoid a drop caused by the normal changes involved with pregnancy.

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Apple Watch NightWare nightmare disorder app gets FDA authorization

Apple Watch NightWare nightmare disorder app gets FDA authorization

Many smartwatches and fitness bands these days offer some form of sleep monitoring or another. The most they can do, however, is tell you how well or poorly you slept. There's really not much help it can offer to those suffering from regular nightmares, especially those induced by PTSD. That may soon be changing, even if only a little bit, with the FDA's approval to market the NightWare system for the Apple Watch precisely to help reduce adult sleep disturbance caused by these nightmares.

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OnePlus Watch may still be coming but not in a way most expect

OnePlus Watch may still be coming but not in a way most expect

It seems the OnePlus finally has a rumor that would never die, at least not until it comes to fruition next year. It started way back in 2014, right around OnePlus' own debut, and almost had an announcement this month before OnePlus reportedly pulled out the rug yet again. The company's first wearable device might still be in the works, with a rumored 2021 launch, but when it does, it might not look like most smartwatches these days, at least not when it comes to the software that runs on it.

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier launches globally

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier launches globally

A new breed of accessories and technologies have cropped up recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of these don't exactly help kill the virus, some do protect people from infection or at least lessen the risk of the immune system being compromised by other diseases. One of the most common low-tech preventive measures has been a face mask, though there is always some debate on the best kind or how to best use them. Trying to take the uncertainty out of the equation, LG is now launching a wearable version of is PuriCare Air Purifier that turns low-tech into high-tech.

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Spotify for Apple Watch finally gets the feature we’ve been waiting for

Spotify for Apple Watch finally gets the feature we’ve been waiting for

After a couple of months of testing, it appears that Spotify is ready to bring its most important feature to Apple Watch. Users have started reporting the ability to stream Spotify directly on their wearable, a feature that some competitors have offered for a while, without having to stay shackled to their iPhones. Spotify has since confirmed that it is rolling out the new streaming capability.

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Apple Watch ECG, AFib features coming to South Korea soon

Apple Watch ECG, AFib features coming to South Korea soon

The latest smartwatches have fancy health-related features like ECG monitors but they are, unfortunately, not available everywhere the smartwatches are. These advanced medical features require approval from government regulators and each and every country they will be used in. That has, unfortunately, led to delays in rolling out the Apple Watch's ECG and Arrhythmia notification everywhere and it is only now that South Korea is joining the still exclusive club.

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