Wearables

The Rock has a new pair of workout headphones from Under Armour and JBL

The Rock has a new pair of workout headphones from Under Armour and JBL

Celebrity Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is back with another pair of headphones made for people who want to block out other noises while they're at the gym. The new model of over-ear training headphones features a design similar to the pair introduced in 2018, bringing expected tech upgrades from audio company JBL.

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Samsung smartwatches rise to third spot in global market in Q2 2021

Samsung smartwatches rise to third spot in global market in Q2 2021

After an uncertain beginning, the smartwatch market seems to have finally found its calling and stabilized. In fact, the past year and a half may have been influential to the market's growth as more and more people become more conscious of their health. As with smartphones, not all players are winners, and for the second quarter of this year, Samsung has managed to rise to third place, though it still lags behind Huawei in the global smartwatch market.

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Panasonic SoundSlayer is a wearable speaker necklace made for gamers

Panasonic SoundSlayer is a wearable speaker necklace made for gamers

If you spend long sessions playing games and find that even the most comfortable headset becomes uncomfortable after a few hours, Pansonic has a new product for you. The Panasonic SC-GN01 SoundSlayer wearable immersive gaming speaker system is designed to fit around the user's neck, resting on their shoulders similar to a necklace.

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YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

The irony hasn't escaped most people's attention that Google's wearable platform doesn't have an app for Google's music streaming service. Adding insult to injury, Google did launch a YouTube Music app for smartwatches but only for Apple's smartwatches. At long last, a Wear OS version of that app has finally been announced and has started rolling out, but it still won't placate Wear OS owners because it will only serve the few dozen new owners of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series.

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Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit Charge 5 tracks stress, will tell you the best day for a workout

Fitbit's latest fitness tracker has arrived, with the Fitbit Charge 5 borrowing health features from the company's smartwatches but packaging them in a smaller - and more affordable - wearable. Topped by a new touchscreen that's twice as bright as the old Charge 4, the Charge 5 now includes GPS, ECG, and EDA sensors.

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Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Spotify Wear OS app with offline listening feature is now available

Google seemed to be all in on the upcoming Wear OS 3, but it threw existing Wear OS users a bone a few weeks ago. Some features that are headed for the next version of the wearable platform will also find their way to existing smartwatches. Fortunately, some app developers aren't limiting their new features to Wear OS 3 either, and Spotify has announced much-needed offline listening support that's heading to all Wear OS users. That update is finally making its way to smartwatches, but a few users seem to be unsatisfied with some aspects.

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Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

After a rather awkward start, it seems that smartwatches have more or less become staple accessories these days. That said, some still prefer a less conspicuous but equally advanced wearable that can keep up with the most important things in their lives. Fitness trackers are still a thing, and Fitbit remains at the top of that market. Not everybody has been happy with the latest Fitbit Charge 4, however, but it seems that the company will be making up for it with the upcoming Fitbit Charge 5.

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Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, Wear OS 3 not included

Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch leaks, Wear OS 3 not included

The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series may have excited Wear OS fans because of the upcoming upgrade to their favorite wearable platform, but not everyone is a fan of Samsung or its One UI based on its old Tizen wearable OS. They would prefer Wear OS smartwatches from other brands, but they might have to wait for those to come with Wear OS 3 out of the box. In the meantime, however, those brands keep on churning out new smartwatches, like the Fossil Gen 6 that is now getting the leak treatment after the company officially teased its existence last week.

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Apple Watch Series 7 renders point to a big design change

Apple Watch Series 7 renders point to a big design change

Apple hasn't changed the Apple Watch design in any drastic or clearly visible manner ever since it launched its first smartwatch six years ago. While most but not all smartwatches today sport a round face, Apple stuck to its square form for over half a decade. It still isn't changing its shape, but the Apple Watch Series 7 could come with the biggest design change Apple has ever made for its wearables. Presuming, of course, these CAD renders are accurate.

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Galaxy Watch 4 says no to iPhone, will Wear OS follow suit?

Galaxy Watch 4 says no to iPhone, will Wear OS follow suit?

Google confirmed this week that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 requires a Google-approved Android device to activate. More specifically, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 must be "activated" with a device that runs Android and is equipped with Google Mobile Services. "That is the case for the Galaxy Watch4," said a Google representative, but "we have nothing to share at this time for future devices with Wear OS 3."

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Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features

Wear OS 2 is also getting some Wear OS 3 features

The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series marked a new chapter in Wear OS history. New features, including the ability to use OEM skins on top of the platform, are coming alongside performance improvements under the hood. Some of these features might be exclusive to Wear OS 3 smartwatches, which currently only have one representative, but owners of Wear OS 2 devices need not be too jealous as some important features will be arriving on their own smartwatches in the coming weeks.

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Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

Spotify Wear OS app will soon support offline listening

It wasn't just a big day for Samsung when it announced its new foldable phones. It was also a big day for Wear OS fans now that they have what might be a better option in the smartwatch market. The Galaxy Watch 4 marks a new chapter in the Wear OS story, one that could reinvigorate Google's wearable platform. It seems that other app developers are also on board with that renaissance, with Spotify taking the lead with a much-awaited download feature.

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