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How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

Wear OS isn't great. That's an opinion that seems to be fairly universal (with the usual exceptions), especially when you start comparing Android-powered wearables to those from Samsung, Fitbit, and of course, Apple. Google knows this, and they're working on it. Never has that been more apparent than at today's Google I/O developer conference keynote.

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Here's how to get Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 for just $140 right now

Here's how to get Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 for just $140 right now

Samsung released its latest Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch late last year. We think it's a pretty solid smartwatch as long as you don't pay full retail price for it. Luckily, Samsung is offering some nifty discounts on its latest wearable right now — and if you trade in the right device, a Galaxy Watch3 can be yours starting at just $139.99.

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Grab a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $189 ($41 off)

Grab a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $189 ($41 off)

Ever since Samsung forsook Wear OS and decided to blaze its own trail with Tizen, the company has been churning out some great smartwatches. The Gear S3 Frontier may be three years old now, but it still remains stylish and performant today as a smart companion for your phone. After fluctuating quite a bit on price lately, it has settled down to $189 at Amazon.

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Samsung rolls out One UI update to Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport

Samsung rolls out One UI update to Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport

When the Galaxy Watch Active launched earlier this year, it brought with it Samsung's new One UI look for wearables. That updated interface is now rolling out to the company's earlier smartwatch models, namely the regular Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport.

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[Update: Dead] Samsung Gear S3 Frontier down to just $110 ($90 off) at Costco

[Update: Dead] Samsung Gear S3 Frontier down to just $110 ($90 off) at Costco

It's no secret that a lot of us at AP have switched from Wear OS-running smartwatches to Tizen-based watches by Samsung. If you've been thinking of jumping ship too, the Gear S3 Frontier (my daily driver) is currently marked down to $110, an all-time low.

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[Update: It's back] Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier is now $200 on Amazon

[Update: It's back] Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier is now $200 on Amazon

If you want a smartwatch, and Google's Wear OS isn't appealing to you, Samsung's Tizen watches are the next-best thing you can use with Android phones. The Gear S3 is one of the company's older watches, as it came out in late 2016, but it's still supported and has some features the newer watches lack. Now you can get it for just $199.99 on Amazon — around $20 cheaper than the typical price, and $150 below the original MSRP.

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Samsung pushes One UI to its Galaxy Wearable app

Samsung pushes One UI to its Galaxy Wearable app

Samsung introduced its revamped One UI interface in November. The company claims the new design is more intuitive and requires less finger movement on large screens. In addition, it brings a dark mode for stock apps and system elements, which looks sleek and saves battery on OLED displays.

Since then, almost all Samsung-branded software has been updated to reflect the new theme, but the Galaxy Wearable app seemed to have been left aside, despite the release of a new version mid-February (APK Mirror). The company appears to be fixing this with the rollout of an update that gives it One UI's new looks.

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[Update: AT&T too] Tizen 4.0 rolling out to Verizon's Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier

[Update: AT&T too] Tizen 4.0 rolling out to Verizon's Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier

Verizon is pushing an update to the LTE variants of the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier that brings Tizen version 4 as well as some cool new features. This update aligns the smartwatches with the non-LTE counterparts that got the update last week. The OTA packages for the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier carry the version numbers R775VVRU1CRL8 and R765VVRU1CRL8, respectively.

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[Update: Gear Sport, too] Gear S3 gets a substantial Tizen update full of UI improvements and other changes

[Update: Gear Sport, too] Gear S3 gets a substantial Tizen update full of UI improvements and other changes

Gear S3 owners were greeted with a large software update for their watches today. Not only does the ~300MB file mark the arrival of Tizen v4, but it adds a host of other improvements and changes. We'll take a look through the changelog first.

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Get a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $200 ($100 off) from B&H

Get a Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $200 ($100 off) from B&H

As far as smartwatches go, Samsung is still one of the best options to go with. Though the Galaxy Watch is new kid on the block, its predecessor the Gear S3 is still a very competent, and downright good, wearable. And you can pick up the Frontier version for just $199.99 over on B&H, a nice $100 off.

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