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Fossil's first Wear OS smartwatch with LTE is a Verizon exclusive

Fossil's first Wear OS smartwatch with LTE is a Verizon exclusive

Fossil Group has been Google's main partner with Wear OS for years, producing dozens of watches under a handful of different brands. The company's main flagship watch is the Fossil Gen 5, which is nearing two years old. Fossil didn't announce a Gen 6 line at this year's CES show, but there is a new LTE version of the Gen 5 coming this spring.

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Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Wear OS may feel dead in the water and might only be receiving a minimum of feature additions, but it  remains a widely used platform nonetheless. And it looks like the company isn't completely done with wearables. Following the Bluetooth SIG decision to expand the standard's specifications to enable contact tracing on Bluetooth Low Energy devices like wearables, Google already appears to be working on adding COVID-19 exposure tracing to its platform.

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Gen 5 Fossil smartwatches drop to their lowest price ever at just $139

Gen 5 Fossil smartwatches drop to their lowest price ever at just $139

Fossil is known for making some of the best-looking smartwatches on the market, which also tend to offer a good compromise when it comes to features. The brand's fifth generation of timepieces is currently on sale, down to its lowest price ever at only $139, which is more than 50% off its initial retail price.

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OnePlus CEO confirms the company's first smartwatch is coming early next year

OnePlus CEO confirms the company's first smartwatch is coming early next year

OnePlus has released plenty of phones over the years, but one product it has never tried to revolutionize (yet) is the smartwatch. We thought that might change when a listing for the OnePlus Watch was spotted this past summer, but then things got delayed and the status of the watch was unknown. We now know that it's coming — and we won't have long to wait.

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OnePlus is open to using Wear OS in future smartwatches

OnePlus is open to using Wear OS in future smartwatches

OnePlus has been playing with the idea of producing a smartwatch for years, and a few months ago, it seemed to finally be happening. Even though the plans were reportedly delayed in October after a corporate shake-up, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has now mentioned the project in an interview.

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Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches now ship with Facer app already installed

Fossil Gen 5 smartwatches now ship with Facer app already installed

Almost since the platform's inception, Facer has been one of the best third-party apps on Wear OS. It allows users to create and share watch faces with no programming knowledge, and now it will come installed by default on some of Fossil's smartwatches.

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The TicWatch Pro 3 with LTE is now available in the UK, Spain, and Germany

The TicWatch Pro 3 with LTE is now available in the UK, Spain, and Germany

Qualcomm revealed two new wearable chipsets back in June, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. The new chips are a significant upgrade over Qualcomm's previous designs, with up to 85% faster performance and improved battery optimization, but there hasn't been a Wear OS smartwatch yet that utilizes the newer chipsets. That's finally changing, as Mobvoi has announced the first Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100.

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Slap a Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch on your wrist for just $179 ($116 off)

Slap a Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch on your wrist for just $179 ($116 off)

Mobvoi's TicWatch 3 Pro is the latest and greatest Wear OS smartwatch, but it costs a whopping $300. If you're looking for a better deal, Fossil has once again dropped the price of some Gen 5 smartwatches to $179.00 on Amazon. That's $116 off the usual cost.

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Smartwatches from Fossil, Skagen, and more start at just $169 in Amazon's Deal of the Day

Smartwatches from Fossil, Skagen, and more start at just $169 in Amazon's Deal of the Day

Smartwatches are great for staying on top of notifications, sending quick messages, and keeping track of fitness statistics. Right now, Amazon is offering big savings on a number of smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Skagen, and Armani. There are options that will look good on anyone's wrist, and the prices start at just $169 for some of the best Wear OS options you'll find available today.

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Citizen reveals its first Wear OS watch, the CZ Smart

Citizen reveals its first Wear OS watch, the CZ Smart

While it seems like most of today's Wear OS watches come from Fossil, premium watch maker Citizen is finally introducing a device running Google's wearable OS. Citizen may be a major name in the watchmaking world, but the CZ Smart seems perfectly average for a smartwatch — although that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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