With the advent of the fitness-focused wearable, everyone suddenly became a lot more conscious of their health. Fitbit introduced blood oxygen saturation monitoring for many of its existing smartwatches earlier this year, and now the company is giving customers a new watch face to easily check SpO2 levels at a glance.
OnePlus has grown popular by making affordable phones and has more recently started designing accessories, such as its $80 buds. The company is reportedly continuing to work on releasing more than just handsets, as a new listing has appeared referring to a product called the OnePlus Watch.
Singapore's IMDA regulatory body lists a device called the OnePlus Watch on its Telecoms Licensing System, which doesn't reveal much, besides the model number being W301GB. Despite the lack of information, it's likely for the smartwatch to run Google's Wear OS and be powered by Snapdragon's new Wear 4100 SoC. In fact, the new chip and Google's upcoming Wear OS update might have convinced the OnePlus team the platform was mature enough for them to launch a smartwatch.
Back in March, Chinese manufacturer Oppo announced its first smartwatch, sporting a design similar to the one of an Apple Watch. The device, called the Oppo Watch, was exclusively meant to be sold on the Chinese Market and ran an in-house Android-based OS. However, a new promotional video seems to point the company is about to release a refreshed version of the product that will ship with Wear OS.
Garmin's line of wearables are some of the more fitness-oriented watches available, designed not only to help you with every kind of workout but to function as a fully-featured smartwatch. Today, Garmin has placed its Vívoactive 4 and 4s watches on sale for just $270, a full $80 off the standard retail price.
If you're on the market for a Wear OS watch, the Skagen Falster 3 is one of the best ones around. It's not cheap, though, as its original retail price was $295, but it's currently down to $238 on Amazon, making it a bit more affordable. For this price, you get the latest tech and a sleek minimalist design, making it worth considering.
Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch was the brand's first product to feature an SpO2 sensor, which is used in estimating blood oxygen levels. Several other Fitbit products, namely the Versa, Versa Lite, Versa 2, and Charge 3, came with a similar sensor, but it had stayed dormant until December. After being tested with a few users, the feature appears to be rolling out more widely.
The original Moto 360 was the first mainstream smartwatch with a round screen (ignoring the 'flat tire' at the bottom), which meant that despite its terrible internal hardware, it was definitely unique among a sea of ugly square smartwatches. Motorola followed it up with a sequel in 2015, and then in 2016, the company said it was done making wearables.
The new Moto 360 is almost entirely disconnected from its predecessor (it's manufactured by eBuyNow, not Motorola) and lacks the technological and design innovation that made the original watch so special. Much like a direct-to-video Disney sequel, there's not much to complain about, but there's also nothing unique or interesting to speak of.
Withings gained popularity thanks to its health-focused products, including its smart scale, fitness trackers, and hybrid smartwatches. The company is innovating once again with the announcement of its ScanWatch, the first hybrid smartwatch to combine AFib and sleep apnea detection.
Finnish exploration and sports specialist Suunto has just announced its first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with one especially neat trick up its sleeve. The Suunto 7 features full-color offline outdoor maps so you can follow your live location no matter where you are. This rugged watch and sports tracker isn't cheap at just under $500, but its feature-set might just make it worth the money.