Wearables

Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit Versa 3 and Inspire 2 update fitness wearables with new tracking

Fitbit's Sense isn't the only new wearable from the company, with the Versa 3 and Inspire 2 upgrading its popular smartwatch and tracker lines. Both offer 24/7 heart rate tracking and a variety of fitness and mindfulness options, all logged through the Fitbit app.

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Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

Fitbit Sense packs ECG and stress sensors in sleek smartwatch

There's a new smartwatch in town, and the Fitbit Sense is aiming to coax the Apple Watch off your wrist so that a new, stress-monitoring alternative can take its place. Sharing Fitbit's new style language with the Fitbit Versa 3 - also being freshly announced today - the new Sense packs an EDA sensor with which the company says it can track the body's stress response, along with ECG, SpO2, and skin temperature sensors.

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Mobvoi Ticwatch GTX silently drops Wear OS to keep price down

Mobvoi Ticwatch GTX silently drops Wear OS to keep price down

It may not be a renowned watchmaker but China-based Mobvoi has been turning heads one way or another in the smartwatch market. That started with Google's investment in the company's voice search technology, which blossomed into a deeper partnership, followed by a then unique dual-screen strategy to preserve battery life. Now it seems that Mobvoi has cut ties with Google, at least with the latter's wearable platform, in order to also cut down on the new TicWatch GTX's price tag.

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Lower-cost Apple Watch SE is just around the corner – what we know

Lower-cost Apple Watch SE is just around the corner – what we know

Apple Watch is by far the finest smartwatches on the block. With all sorts of health features and a design to vouch for, it is pretty much a deal. Currently, only Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch Series 3 are available on the market. While the former is a top of the line offering, the Apple Watch Series 3 is the more affordable version with somewhat dated design.

This year, Apple is rumored to be working on the Series 6, which will be the finest watch yet. What’s for the masses – you can argue Apple doesn’t care much, however, the Cupertino giant is likely to also release an Apple Watch SE on the lines of iPhone SE (2020) with an older design and innards to impress, but it may only land sometime early next year.

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Fitbit Sense with ECG appears in leaked renders with Versa 3, Inspire 2

Fitbit Sense with ECG appears in leaked renders with Versa 3, Inspire 2

It may be meeting some resistance with its acquisition by Google but Fitbit's name still resounds in the wearable market, especially when it comes to fitness trackers. Of course, the Apple Watch is quickly becoming the go-to when it comes to health features and Samsung is close to catching up. Naturally, Fitbit is scrambling to make up for lost time and this leaked Fitbit Sense might be its answer to the challenge of its rivals.

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Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Nubia Watch and its flexible screen meets Kickstarter goal in an hour

Aside from putting in more senors and health-related features, it seems that innovation in the smartwatch space has practically plateaued. Screen sizes remain mostly the same, battery limits can't really be pushed any further, and very few apps have dared to think outside the box. That is probably what makes nubia's second and more formal attempt at a smartwatch with a flexible even more enticing, leading to a Kickstarter campaign that blasted through its funding goal in just a few minutes.

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Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Galaxy Watch 3 iFixit teardown is a bit reassuring

Next to our smartphones, no other mobile device may be in more danger of damage or wear and tear than the one that's always exposed to the elements. Smartwatches often come with some IP dust and water resistance rating and some even boast of a MIL-STD certification for extra ruggedness. Sooner or later, however, these wearables will eventually need to be repaired and, fortunately, the new Galaxy Watch 3 won't be much of a chore even for third-party technicians.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 teardown reveals good news for DIYers

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 teardown reveals good news for DIYers

The team at iFixit has published its teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, the company's latest smartwatch model. As with past teardowns, the process meticulously disassembles the smartwatch, detailing each step of the process, the components found within the watch, and it is all joined by information on how difficult the watch will be for the average person to repair. Spoiler alert: DIYers may be pleased.

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Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google, should have taken the wearable market by storm. For one reason or another, however, Android's wearable incarnation didn't take off as well as its mobile original, and Wear OS lagged behind Apple's watchOS and Samsung's Tizen-based OS in more ways than one. With Android 11 just around the corner, Google is reassuring the remaining Wear OS faithful that all is not lost and that the major update will finally bring much-needed performance improvements across the board.

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Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google has announced its latest update for Google Maps on iOS, bringing two important features: support for CarPlay's latest and greatest feature, as well as the return of an Apple Watch app for the navigation platform. The two additions are a welcomed change for users who are firmly within the Apple ecosystem, but who prefer to use Google's mapping app instead of Apple's.

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Your Apple Watch now tracks sleep with the first watchOS 7 public beta

Your Apple Watch now tracks sleep with the first watchOS 7 public beta

If you've been eagerly awaiting the day when your Apple Watch could track your sleep, it's time for a watchOS 7 beta install and an early bedtime. Freshly released today, the first Apple Watch watchOS 7 public beta gives a taste of the new features announced at WWDC 2020 earlier in the year, of which sleep tracking is just one.

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Wear OS won’t be able to play music because Play Music is shutting down

Wear OS won’t be able to play music because Play Music is shutting down

The end for Google Play Music, one of the few remaining "Play" services, is just around the corner. It has been months, maybe even years, coming but it hasn't been a smooth transition. YouTube Music, which is set to replace is it, still isn't on feature parity with Play Music and only recently got the ability to migrate albums from one to the other. When Google flips the switch in the coming weeks, however, it will be Wear OS smartwatch owners that will be left with the short end of the stick instead.

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