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Wear OS 2.3 is now rolling out to some smartwatches

While Google's battery-focused Wear OS 2.2 H update continues to roll out, version 2.3 of the wearable operating system is now beginning to hit smartwatches as well. The new Wear OS version comes with a Home app update from 2.20 to 2.21, which promises a more intuitive, efficient design; improved health coaching; and more proactive help from Google Assistant.

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Mobvoi unveils two updated Wear OS smartwatches: Ticwatch E2 and S2

Chinese AI firm Mobvoi has been a shining light in the generally underwhelming Android Wear/Wear OS space, and today it's announcing two new products. The TicWatch E2 and S2 (standing for Express and Sport) are follow-ups to the company's most affordable smartwatches, with updated designs, bigger batteries, and Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chips (but not the new 3100).

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The best wearable devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

Smartwatches haven't been the smashing success that many manufacturers hoped they would be, but that doesn't mean all of them are bad or useless. Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, they can be great tools.

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Dark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS

Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Those who opt for the latter now have a new entrant to consider. Dark Sky has come to Wear OS, and it's a free upgrade for all existing subscribers.

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FitbitOS 3.0 rolls out to Versa and Ionic with revamped Today dashboard, new apps, and more

Fitbit's smartwatch efforts got off to a slow start with the Ionic, but that device has gotten much better with updates. Meanwhile, the Versa launched with a more understated design and a lower price tag. Today, Fitbit is rolling out more improvements to its smartwatch platform with the new v3.0 update. FitbitOS 3.0 adds more stats in the Today dashboard, some new fitness-oriented app tie-ins, and additional exercise goals.

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Facer v5.0 adds new watch face partners, a premium subscription, and more

What good is a smartwatch without some fancy custom watch faces to go with it? Facer has been one of the best sources for cusotmizable watch faces since the days before Google supported third-party watch faces. The app is forging ahead, even as interest in smartwatches has waned. The big v5.0 update adds more designers, including some traditional watchmakers. There's also a new premium subscription option that includes the full catalog of watch faces.

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Most of Fossil's Gen 4 smartwatches are $199 (up to $76 off)

Fossil makes some of the most handsome Wear OS devices around, with simple, relatively traditional styling. From right now through the end of the week, many of their latest watches are on sale for $199. Depending on which you're interested in, that's a savings of up to $76.

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Best Buy has discounted the Fitbit Ionic to $200 ($70 off) and the Versa to $150 ($50 off)

It's a rough time to be interested in wearables to pair with your Android phone. The updated Qualcomm Wear 3100 is still slow to appear in Wear OS devices, and Samsung's Tizen watches are very expensive with poor app support. Then there's Fitbit. These fitness-oriented smartwatches don't have as many features as the others, but they get much better battery life. You pay a bit for the name, but Best Buy has both Fitbit smartwatches discounted right now.

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The Fossil Sport Smartwatch goes on sale November 12 with Wear 3100 chip and lots of color options

Fossil has been one of the few companies keeping Wear OS afloat over the past several years as we waited and waited... and waited for a new Qualcomm wearable chip. Well, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is out there, and now Fossil is launching its first smartwatch with one. The generic-sounding Fossil Sport Smartwatch is a colorful, feature-rich wearable, and it's out in just a few days.

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The Misfit Vapor 2 is official after repeated leaks

Few products have been as poorly concealed in the run-up to launch as the Misfit Vapor 2. It looked for a time as though Misfit would just release the watch without ever announcing it. However, the smartwatch is now official. The Vapor 2 is coming to various retailers soon, starting at $250.

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