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It's time to get the TicWatch Pro for $140 ($60 off) from Amazon

Mobvoi is one of the few companies still taking the future of Wear OS seriously and releasing new hardware. But today Mobvoi has a deal reaching into the past. The company's 2018 flagship smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro, is available on Amazon for just $139.99, a savings of $60 off recent prices.

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Get the Fossil Gen 5 Garrett for $179 ($116 off) on Amazon

The Fossil Gen 5 is one of the best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy, thanks to a stylish design and solid hardware let down only by Qualcomm's lackluster support for the platform and the inherent bugginess of Wear OS. The Garrett styling of the Gen 5 has the same hardware as the regular model, only wrapped up in a fancy new exterior. The usual $295 price tag is quite high, but if you grab it at Amazon now you can get it for the much more palatable $179 ($116 off).

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 series is the hardware boost Wear OS desperately needs

Google's Wear OS platform for smartwatches has been in a rough patch for a while, partially because the only viable option for processors has been Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 and 3100 chips. Those processors are vastly out of date, but now Qualcomm is introducing a massive upgrade — the Wear 4100 series.

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Mobvoi releases upgraded TicWatch C2+ with double the RAM and two included straps

The TicWatch C2 was announced all the way back in December 2018, but it remains the most attractive smartwatch Mobvoi has produced (if you ask me). An updated C2+ has just been launched with the same design and almost identical specs, except for the memory which has been doubled to a whole 1GB. It also comes with a pair of straps in the box, this time around — one silicone and one leather.

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Should you buy a Wear OS watch or a Galaxy Watch?

Picking a smartwatch to pair with your Android smartphone is at once both relatively simple—there just aren't many choices—and maddening: no platform offers a truly great wearable experience with Google's mobile OS. The two biggest platforms are, of course, watches powered by Google's own Wear OS, and Samsung's Tizen-based Galaxy Watches. Both platforms have their benefits and (ample) drawbacks, but choosing the right one will probably depend both on your desired physical aesthetic and a few specific software features.

In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.

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This $5,800 Wear OS watch is approaching the height of pointlessness

One of the longstanding justifications for the luxury watch owner has been investment. Rare and desirable watches often appreciate in value over time, or at least lose far less of their value than something like a new luxury car or a boat (well, until the economy craters). At auction, extremely rare watches can go for tens of millions of dollars, which has solidified their place alongside fine art and classic cars as a legitimate place to "park" large sums of money.

With its new Wear OS watch, Hublot aims a bit lower, at a mere $5,800, but supposes that at just over half the cost of the next-least expensive Big Bang watch—there are no models under $10,000—the new Big Bang e Ceramic is an absolutely stunning value.

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Is it too late for Wear OS?

Google's smartwatch operating system, then called Android Wear, debuted six years ago on the LG G Watch. Since then, the platform has had ups and downs, just like the full-blown Android OS it was based on. Some hardware manufacturers gave up on Wear OS, while others came in and embraced it.

Today, Wear OS is in an interesting place. It has received very few meaningful software improvements over the past year, while new watches have continued to be released quarter after quarter. That being said, with over a year since Wear OS's last real update (and it was a small one at best), I think it's finally time to ask the question: is it too late for Wear OS?

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Skagen Falster 3 review, three months later: A great Wear OS watch

Google's Wear OS still has a few long-standing issues that haven't been addressed, like stagnant hardware and poor app support, but Fossil Group has been trying to pick up the slack. Last year's Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches showed the platform at its best, featuring 1GB RAM to reduce lag and a few exclusive software features.

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How to get fit with Android and Wear OS, part three: Understanding data and how it reflects your health

So far, you've chosen your Wear OS watch, and you've started to gather vital health metrics. While those are critical steps, having a ton of information at your fingertips is only useful if you understand what it means. In the third installment of How to Get Fit with Android and Wear OS, we're diving into your data and deciphering how it reflects on your overall health.

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Wear OS now periodically reminds you to wash your hands

Frequently washing your hands is one of the best defenses against contracting (and spreading) the coronavirus. Google already came up with a horrible song for timing your hand-washing, but if you have a Wear OS watch, you'll now receive periodic reminders to get scrubbing.

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