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LG Watch W7 drops to $190 ($210 off) at B&H

LG announced the Watch W7 last year with an exorbitant $450 price tag. Thankfully, that price didn't last long—the watch went on "sale" almost immediately and has never sold for full price. It's even cheaper than usual today, though. You can pick up this smartwatch for $190 at B&H.

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The Wear OS by Google phone app gets a proper tile manager

Wear OS only turned five this year, but already feels pretty much dead in the water, with many of our staff turning to alternatives left and right. Even so, Google pushes on and releases occasional new features, the most recent of which is actually pretty useful — Tiles that bring you customizable screens you can swipe through. Google has now added a way to organize in the Wear OS companion app on your phone, which is much easier than doing so on the watch itself.

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Unofficial library brings Wear OS Tiles to third-party apps

Last month, Google unveiled a significant interface update for Wear OS: Tiles. On updated watches, you can swipe from the main watch face to access new screens with quickly-accessible information, like fitness goals and the current weather forecast. The company hasn't provided developers with a way to create their own Tiles, but legendary Wear OS developer Sterling Udell has now fixed that problem.

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[Update: Deal is live again] Grab one of Fossil's latest Wear OS smartwatches for $200 ($75 off)

Fossil is one of the most active brands when it comes to developing Wear OS smartwatches. Its products are stylish and discreet but still feature advanced hardware, including heart rate sensors and GPS chips on the latest models. The Sport series features the newer Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which makes it one of the snappiest watches around. If you'd rather boast a more traditional-looking timepiece, the Gen 4 Q Explorist and Q Venture are what you need, but may be slightly behind when it comes to performance as they're based on the older Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. Regardless of your preference, the two variants are currently on sale at $199, which is $75 off their regular price.

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37 new and notable Wear OS watch faces from the last three months (3/16/19 - 6/01/19)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Wear OS faces that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous three months or so. Typically AP includes apps in our Wear OS roundups, but sadly I don't have any to share this time around. This means today's roundup will specifically highlight a bunch of new watch faces, and since I have so many to share I've split the list into two separate pages for easier consumption. You can expect to find the flashier faces on the first page, and the more traditional designs are located on the second page.

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Android Q Bluetooth settings and notifications will focus on battery levels, Find My Accessories coming to Fast Pair

Google's streamlined Bluetooth pairing protocol for Android devices, Fast Pair, is about to support way more devices — not just Chromebooks, as previously promised, but more headphones, earbuds, speakers, and even smartwatches — and get a lot more useful for people who have lost a wireless earbud around the house. The company is also preparing a UI revamp for Bluetooth settings in Android Q.

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[Update: Rolling out] Upcoming Wear OS update will feature widget-like 'Tiles' for common actions

Wear OS has gone through quite a few evolutions over the last five years as it adopted apps, watch faces with custom complications, changes to notifications, and so on. The next big change is coming soon as Google prepares to take another step on the path it began with the last major update, and it's going to be called Tiles.

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Updated Michael Kors Sofie smartwatch now on sale, adds heart rate sensor and NFC support

The first Wear OS smartwatches from fashion company Michael Kors were released in 2017, featuring bedazzled designs and high price tags. However, the 'Sofie' watch was lacking in features, even compared to other Wear OS watches at the time. An updated model was announced at CES 2019, and now it's available for purchase.

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Five perspectives on Wear OS for its five-year anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the original announcement of Wear OS (née Android Wear). The platform has iterated through several different generations of hardware, a change of name, and its software has evolved a lot through the years. With half a decade of experience now behind it, some of us here at Android Police decided to sit down and hash out our feelings for Wear OS in 2019.

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40 new and notable Wear OS apps and watch faces from the last 6 months (9/13/18 - 3/16/19)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Wear OS apps and faces that went live on the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous six months or so. Since our last collection, Google has changed the branding from Android Wear to Wear OS, and there are finally devices in the market that contain the new Snapdragon 3100 chip, which allows for more features, such as a visible second hand when the ambient mode is on. While I'm sure the progress of Wear OS isn't moving as fast as enthusiasts would like, there's no arguing the platform isn't dead yet.

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