Wearables

Fitbit just rolled out some seriously useful health features

Fitbit just rolled out some seriously useful health features

Fitbit today announced a new collection of features that will be rolling out to users over the course of the month. Chief among these new features is expanded access for free users to Fitbit's Health Metrics dashboard. After launching last year on the Sense and Versa 3, soon Fitbit says that Versa 2, Inspire 2, and Charge 4 users will get that functionality as well.

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Galaxy Watch 3 update adds SmartThings Find App

Galaxy Watch 3 update adds SmartThings Find App

Samsung has launched a new firmware update for the Galaxy Watch 3. The update adds the SmartThings Find app to the wearable that helps users to find a lost smartwatch. The update also adds some other notable fitness features fans will appreciate.

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Garmin Lily smartwatch for women may be confused over what they actually want

Garmin Lily smartwatch for women may be confused over what they actually want

Garmin today announced a small smartwatch aimed primarily at women. Dubbed the Garmin Lily, the company says that it's the "smallest smartwatch" it's ever made, outfitted with a 34mm watch case, 14mm band, and designed in a way that's "rooted in fashion" according to Susan Lyman, who is Garmin's vice president of global consumer marketing. Beyond the design, the Lily also comes with a feature set that's geared toward women.

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Garmin Lily smartwatch leak suggests a female target market

Garmin Lily smartwatch leak suggests a female target market

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days but, despite being targeted at the general population, some would point out how they seem to be designed more for males or at least those with larger wrists. Even those that are explicitly marketed to be for women still share the same watch and strap sizes as other models. That may be the issue that Garmin will be addressing with a new Lily smartwatch that is seemingly designed for those who prefer smaller, more discreet wearables.

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iOS 14.4 and WatchOS 7.3 released to the public – here’s what’s inside

iOS 14.4 and WatchOS 7.3 released to the public – here’s what’s inside

Today your iPhone may have access to the newest in iOS software, iOS 14.4. This new software upgrade for your device has access to a collection of new features and upgrades to features already in-play on the phone. Apple also released the newest in Apple Watch software with watchOS 7.3 this morning - let's take a peek at what's inside.

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Samsung Health Monitor smartwatch app is about to get a massive roll out

Samsung Health Monitor smartwatch app is about to get a massive roll out

Samsung has revealed that it'll soon be bringing the Samsung Health Monitor app to a whopping 31 new countries. When it arrives in those countries, it'll be compatible with the Galaxy Watch 3 and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 (assuming you have a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 or higher to connect those smartwatches too). The Samsung Health Monitor app is used primarily for measuring users' blood pressure and tracking electrocardiogram data.

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Apple reveals striking Black Unity Collection limited-edition Apple Watch and band

Apple reveals striking Black Unity Collection limited-edition Apple Watch and band

Apple has launchd a new limited-edition Black Unity Collection, marking Black History Month 2021 with a special Apple Watch and matching band. The Black Unity Apple Watch Series 6 will come with an exclusive Unity watch face and a Black Unity Sport Band with the colors of the Pan-African flag.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Although smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, some still prefer smart bands not just for their simplicity but also for their discreetness. That's not to say that these fitness-centric devices are less featured than their smartwatch cousins, especially this upcoming product from Xiaomi. According to the latest leak, the company's next Mi Band will be chock-full of features that it would almost qualify as a smartwatch, one that even has Amazon's AI assistant on board.

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Galaxy Watch 3, Apple Watch 7 might get blood sugar measurement function

Galaxy Watch 3, Apple Watch 7 might get blood sugar measurement function

While smartwatch makers have struggled for years to find a proper place for smartwatches, Apple pretty much created that space with a focus on health-related features that mere smart fitness bands couldn't offer. That has mostly revolved around functions for measuring and detecting heart-related conditions but a new report suggests that Samsung and Apple may be moving on to a much-needed functionality that will save potentially thousands of users from having to painfully draw multiple times a day.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2 update serves up SmartThings Find, new health features

Galaxy Watch Active 2 update serves up SmartThings Find, new health features

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is getting a big update today, as Samsung is pushing SmartThings Find functionality to the watch. First revealed last year, SmartThings Find uses ultra-wideband and Bluetooth Low Energy to locate lost devices that may not be able to connect to the internet. With SmartThings Find rolling out to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 today, we might see it roll out to the company's other wearables before long too.

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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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Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e go head-to-head with Apple Watch

Amazfit GTR 2e and GTS 2e go head-to-head with Apple Watch

Those who follow Xiaomi's Amazfit brand probably expected the company to announce new wearables at CES 2021 this year, and that's exactly what it did. Today, Amazfit announced a pair of new smartwatches: the GTR 2e and the GTS 2e. As those names suggest, both watches share a lot of similarities, as the feature sets between the two are more or less the same.

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