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Google Assistant can now talk to you through your Fitbit

Google Assistant can now talk to you through your Fitbit

In a lot of ways, Fitbit's wearables are the best option for Android-compatible smartwatches. That's probably why Google straight-up bought the company, and is folding its fitness tracking smarts into Wear OS later this year. But Fitbit continues to support its existing home-grown products with software updates. It just happens that the latest one also ties it in even closer with Google's ecosystem.

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Fitbit adding 2FA, because your health is no one's business but yours

Fitbit adding 2FA, because your health is no one's business but yours

It's been more than a year since many of us got more acquainted with our webcams than we ever wanted to be. You've used the excess of personal time to invest in your personal health, right? Right? Well whether you have or haven't, keeping your health info to yourself is probably a good call. To that end, Fitbit now supports two-factor authentication (2FA) for its user accounts.

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Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Ever since Google bought Fitbit in 2019, we've been waiting to see what kind of effect that combination would have on both Fitbit's fitness-focused wearables and Google's own Wear OS. Today we know. At Google I/O, a Fitbit representative said it flat out: future Fitbit wearable devices will be running Wear OS.

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Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Wear OS isn't quite in a place to compete directly with gadgets like the Apple Watch and Samsung's wearables, but it's not time to throw in the towel just yet. For the first time in years, Google is bringing an all-new app to its smartwatch lineup, designed to improve communication from your wrist. Gboard is finally coming to Wear OS, complete with a fresh design and multi-language support. We've also got a link to download it at the bottom of this post.

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 are both getting updated software

Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 are both getting updated software

The state of wearables for Android is kind of lamentable, but Samsung makes some of the best. Today it's rolling out software updates for the Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2, the latter of which hasn't seen a software bump since January. Both of them are relatively minor patches to Tizen version 5.5.0.2, released earlier this year.

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TicWatch 3 Pro LTE is getting a double-stuffed update

TicWatch 3 Pro LTE is getting a double-stuffed update

We've already praised the TicWatch 3 Pro as being one of the only Wear OS watches worth buying today, but what about its LTE-equipped cousin? Mobvoi released a cellular version of its newest watch late last year in the UK, Germany, and Spain for staying connected on the go without a phone. That variant wasn't included in last week's software update, but luckily, TicWatch 3 Pro LTE owners didn't have to wait long for a new patch of their own.

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Android 12 is going to make it easier to stop useless notifications on your Wear OS smartwatch

Android 12 is going to make it easier to stop useless notifications on your Wear OS smartwatch

One of the smaller but more interesting changes spotted in Android 12 Developer Preview 3 is a new level of granular control over apps that can access the notification listener service. In Android 11, it's an all-or-nothing switch: either a helper app (like Android Wear, Android Auto, or Fitbit) can access all your notification data, or it can't. Starting with A12 DP3, things are a little more subtle.

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TicWatch 3 Pro just keeps getting better, still probably the only Wear OS watch to buy

TicWatch 3 Pro just keeps getting better, still probably the only Wear OS watch to buy

To put it bluntly, the wearable market on Android isn't in a great place. Companies like Samsung and OnePlus have switched to using custom operating systems for their respective watches, with varying degrees of success. Meanwhile, Qualcomm shipped its newest processor for smartwatches last June, but it's still only found in one device. For that very reason, the TicWatch Pro 3 remains the single Wear OS watch worth buying today. If you already have it on your wrist, a new update brings some solid improvements to help make it that much better.

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This slick Samsung fitness tracker will cost you less than a month at the gym

This slick Samsung fitness tracker will cost you less than a month at the gym

Smartwatches tend to cost a pretty penny. Even budget offerings still manage to run into triple digits, and with the state of wearables on Android, it's a tough price to justify. If you're just looking for a way to track your fitness and view notifications without needing your phone, Samsung's Galaxy Fit2 is a fantastic Fitbit alternative. It's already a steal at its usual $50 price, but now you can start counting steps and calories for an all-new low of just $30 at Amazon.

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Good luck buying a OnePlus Watch

Good luck buying a OnePlus Watch

OnePlus managed to scrounge up a lot of excitement for its first smartwatch last month at its official unveiling. With included fitness tracking and up to two weeks of battery, it seemed like a great deal at $159, even before taking the $20 voucher offered for the watch into account. Launch day has arrived, and OnePlus's newest gadget is officially up for sale — or it would be, rather, if it hadn't sold out almost immediately.

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