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Misfit Vapor 2 smartwatch appears at Dutch retailer prior to official announcement

The second generation Vapor smartwatch from US company Misfit (Fossil Group) has been rumored for some time, but we now have some clear details on the device from an unlikely source. Even though the follow up to last year's Vapor hasn't been officially announced, a Dutch online retailer has already started listing the device for sale.

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Spotify updates both its Wear OS app and Android experience for Premium subscribers

Spotify is making some big changes this week. Both the Wear OS app for smartwatches and the Android app are getting overhauled, though the latter only concerns Premium subscribers.

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Montblanc Summit 2, the first Wear 3100 smartwatch, is now available starting at $995

When Qualcomm revealed its new Wear 3100 chipset —  a long-awaited yet minimal update that put battery life ahead of performance — it also took the opportunity to show off one of the first partner devices. Now, that device is available for purchase. The Montblanc Summit 2 is a good representation of the type of Wear OS device Qualcomm is betting on going forward. It's a fashion smartwatch that begins at $995 and caters to the luxury jet set demographic.

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[Update: Android Pie App Actions] Todoist adds dark theme, launches new Wear OS app

For dark theme enthusiasts, vindication time is finally here. Not only is Google working on dark themes for many of its apps, several other developers and services have joined the darker side and started implementing these AMOLED-friendly designs in their apps. The latest is Todoist, my personal favorite to-do manager. But that's not the only new thing from the service; it's also rolling out an all-new standalone Wear OS app that lets you manage your tasks without having to install the app on your phone too.

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The LG Watch W7 is a neat proof of concept, but who the heck would actually want to buy one?

LG has just launched its latest smartwatch, and she is a weird one: the LG Watch W7. Unlike the company's past models like the Watch Style and Watch Sport, the W7 marries a circular LCD with a pair of mechanical hands — just like you'd find on an ancient dumbwatch. The idea's based around some sensible thoughts, like having the analog system offer battery life that extends into the months-long range, but between absent mainstream smartwatch features, a steep price tag, and those dang physical hands obscuring the smartwatch screen, it's difficult to pin down exactly who this watch might appeal to.

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Huawei Watch GT leak points to big battery and small price tag

Huawei hasn't released a smartwatch since the spring of 2017, but all signs point to its imminent return. After swinging by the FCC for certification, the Huawei Watch GT has shown up in a new leak. There's an image of the watch, as well as a few details on the pricing and specs. It looks like a rather compelling smartwatch, but Huawei is still stubbornly avoiding the original Huawei Watch aesthetic.

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Wear OS 2.1 now rolling out, features long-awaited redesign

Earlier this month, Google announced a complete redesign for Wear OS. The update was designed to make everything more accessible - notifications no longer take up an entire screen, swiping left on the main screen takes you to Google Assistant, and swiping right displays health data. The quick settings has also been improved, with new shortcuts to Google Pay and Find My Phone.

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Wear OS v2.16 prepares priority notifications for favorite contacts, optional media controls, and much more [APK Teardown]

Android Wear, or Wear OS as it's now known, seems to have found renewed momentum lately with fresh efforts in fitness, updates to the interface, and new hardware coming on the horizon. The latest update brings one notable change the improves the interface for managing notifications, but also carries with it the signs of many other changes and additions to come.

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Google Pay arrives in Italy, supports 7 banks

Google Pay's expansion across the world continues in Italy. Seven banks are available from the outset, so if you're a member of one of them, just add your Maestro, Mastercard, or Visa card to the app and you're good to go.

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Appfour releases 6 new apps for Wear OS: Altimeter, Compass, GPS Tracker, Speedometer, Stopwatch, and the all-in-one Instruments

Appfour are one of the most prolific Wear OS (né Android Wear) developers. Their solutions for the smartwatch platform have spanned from the useful (like this WiFi manager) to the why-and-why-not (like this video player, PDF viewer, browser) and so much more. Now, they're bringing six new mostly GPS-based utilities to our smartwatches.

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