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Skagen's Falster 3 smartwatch is official, includes Wear 3100 CPU and speaker

 

Just a few days ago, a product listing for the then-unannounced Skagen Falster 3 smartwatch with Google's Wear OS showed up on Amazon. The watch has now officially been revealed at CES, and it's more or less a Fossil Gen 5 in a different casing — which is certainly a good thing.

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Fossil announces new styles for Gen 5, Sport, and Hybrid HR smartwatches

Fossil Group has a lot to talk about at CES 2020: there's new wild-looking Diesel smartwatch, as well as the third-generation Skagen Falster. If you've had your eye on some of Fossil's existing watches, you'll be glad to hear they are now available in more styles.

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Motorola One Vision receives stable Android 10

The Android One-equipped Motorola One Vision unfortunately never made it to the US, but owners in South America, Europe, India, and other markets can look forward to an update bringing Android 10 to the phone. It's currently rolling out to first people in Brazil, though it probably won't take long until it reaches more locations.

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Fossil brings 5th-gen battery saving modes to its older smartwatches (Update: Wear OS H in tow)

Back when Fossil introduced the fifth generation of its smartwatches, the company made clear that the energy management enhancements in the form of custom battery modes would also come to its Gen 4 watches. As promised, this software improvement has now started rolling out across these devices, such as the Sloan HR, the Sport, the Venture, and the Explorist.

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Diesel's new Fadelite smartwatch has a translucent shell and smaller size

Diesel, part of Fossil Group, revealed its first Wear OS watch in 2017. The black-and-brown device was one of the largest smartwatches at the time, with a case size of 48mm and a 12mm thickness, and an updated model with a white casing arrived late last year. Diesel has another watch to announce at CES 2020: the Fadelite.

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Suunto 7 is the Finnish brand's first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with offline maps

Finnish exploration and sports specialist Suunto has just announced its first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with one especially neat trick up its sleeve. The Suunto 7 features full-color offline outdoor maps so you can follow your live location no matter where you are. This rugged watch and sports tracker isn't cheap at just under $500, but its feature-set might just make it worth the money.

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Asus abandons plans to update Zenfone 4 to Android 9 Pie (Update: Surprise new beta)

Asus doesn't have the best track record for updating its phones, but it was really making an effort earlier this year with it rolled out an Android 9 beta for the Zenfone 4. Unfortunately, Asus' resolve has faded, and there won't be a final Pie update. It says the Zenfone 4 will continue to get Oreo maintenance updates. You know... if you still believe Asus.

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Google is testing floating conversations in Messages, uses Android 10's "bubble" feature

Android has been experimenting with floating bubble notifications for some time now, but there have been no apps with which to use the feature despite the option being available within the developer menu. XDA had uncovered that Google was testing the new bubble functionality in its Messages app, and they have now managed to enable it. Implemented in the app, it works very similarly to Facebook Chat heads, and if eventually enabled by Google, will let you view entire conversations in addition to replying.

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Galaxy S9 and Note9 inch closer to official Android 10 release with One UI 2.0 beta 4 and 5

Just last month, Samsung revealed its One UI 2.0 roadmap that outlined plans to push Android 10 to flagship Galaxy devices from the past two years, most notably the S10, Note10, S9, and Note9 series. With this year quickly coming to a close, Samsung has ramped up efforts to finalize One UI 2.0 for its January 2020 launch. Just one week after beta 3 dropped for the Galaxy S9/S9+, the fourth Android 10 beta for these devices is now available in India and the UK.

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Android may finally stop splitting video recordings into 4GB chunks

Phone cameras have changed a lot in just a few years. Not too long ago, we were all recording VGA-resolution movies to send to friends and family, and now many flagship phones are capable of recording at 4K resolution and at higher frame rates. Android's camera application still won't save videos larger than 4GB, splitting long recordings into multiple files in the process, but that might finally be fixed.

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