Wearables

Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung was actually the first manufacturer to come out with an Android-based smartwatch even before there was Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google. It used a modified version of Android that, unfortunately, meant Samsung had to do things its own way yet again. Eventually, it decided to just ditch Android altogether, aside from at least one model, and created its own experience around Tizen OS. Now, however, a single rumor has users taking sides on whether Samsung switching to Wear OS is a good thing or not.

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Hublot Big Bang e Premier League brings Wear OS to football

Hublot Big Bang e Premier League brings Wear OS to football

Wear OS by Google, formerly Android Wear, also by Google, still leaves some things to be desired but no one can deny how it opened up the smartwatch market to more players. While it ironically seems to have pushed away smartphone makers, it invited traditional watchmakers to the party. That includes ones that make super-expensive luxury watches like Hublot who is bringing a Bing Bang e Premier League edition to fans of football or, as it is known in the US and some parts of the world, soccer.

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Signia Motion Charge&Go X hearing aids include ‘super power’ model

Signia Motion Charge&Go X hearing aids include ‘super power’ model

Signia has introduced its new Motion Charge&GO X line of hearing aids, including the SP X 'super power' rechargeable model made for users who have severe hearing loss. The SP X is joined by two other Motion Charge&Go X hearing aid models: the P X and the X, both of which are rechargeable and feature behind-the-ear designs.

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Apple Watch 5, Watch SE free repairs offered for charging issue

Apple Watch 5, Watch SE free repairs offered for charging issue

Bugs in consumer electronics, especially in smart devices, have almost become a fact of life but most of those can thankfully be fixed by a software update. Unfortunately, there are times when the bugs also hit some hardware component that then requires some fix or replacement. That seems to be the case with the Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch SE that suddenly refused to charge when they enter Power Reserve mode. Fortunately, Apple is offering to repair those smartwatches for free if they exhibit these symptoms.

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Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

One of the benefits of the openness of the Android platform is that users technically aren't limited to getting apps just from Google Play Store or any app store for that matter. At their own risks, users could simply "sideload" or install APKs for apps that are distributed outside of those channels. That feature has more or less also been available on Android's wearable version but Google is soon making a major change that would make sideloading Wear OS apps next to impossible.

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Facebook smartwatch with social media features tipped to launch in 2022

Facebook smartwatch with social media features tipped to launch in 2022

Facebook may be planning to launch a smartwatch in 2022, according to a new report, marking yet another hardware project for the social media company. As you'd expect, the smartwatch will reportedly tie in with the Facebook platform, enabling users to access the service in addition to more general wearable features like fitness tracking.

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Cheap wearable device converts body heat into electricity

Cheap wearable device converts body heat into electricity

Researchers from CU Boulder have developed a new low-cost wearable that can turn the human body into a battery. The wearable devices stretch enough that they could be worn like a ring, bracelet, or any other accessory that touches the skin. The device leverages the person's body heat by employing a thermoelectric generator converting the body's internal temperature into electricity.

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Apple Watch predicts COVID-19 diagnosis a week before testing

Apple Watch predicts COVID-19 diagnosis a week before testing

COVID-19 continues to be a significant threat worldwide, and researchers and doctors are always looking for new testing methods to help diagnose people with the condition early so they can quarantine and seek help. A new study conducted by Mount Sinai has found that the Apple Watch can accurately predict a COVID-19 diagnosis up to a week before testing using current PCR-based nasal swabs.

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Polar Verity Sense heart monitor strap can be worn anywhere

Polar Verity Sense heart monitor strap can be worn anywhere

Smartwatches and smart fitness trackers are a dime a dozen these days, almost all of them equipped with one form of heart rate monitor or another. These might be fine for some consumers that don't mind the designs these smartwatches come in or don't require more accurate or dedicated readings. There will, however, always be people who shirk from these smart wearables, especially when they're actually training or exercising. For these, Polar is launching its new Verity Sense, a dedicated heart rate monitor that can be worn on almost any part of your body.

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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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