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Apple is running laps around Google's health and fitness efforts

Apple is running laps around Google's health and fitness efforts

As usual, Apple’s recent mega-event created quite a stir across the entire tech industry and beyond. One little-talked-about segment of the keynote looked at what Apple is doing with its subscription-based fitness service that builds upon and supplements its blockbusting timepiece. Many of the new Fitness+ features that Apple demonstrated on stage truly show the power of deep integration across platforms — and, at the same time, hold a mirror up to Google and its comparatively feeble efforts in the fitness space.

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Google is updating app guidelines for smartwatches just in time for Wear OS 3

Google is updating app guidelines for smartwatches just in time for Wear OS 3

Google is recommitting itself to making Wear OS better than it's ever been, all powered by a new partnership with Samsung. Of course, without some quality third-party apps and services, it doesn't matter how capable the operating system is — it's doomed to fail from the start. With that in mind, Google has released some new quality requirements for apps on Wear OS 3.

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The upcoming Snapdragon Wear 5100 chip might not be the major upgrade we were hoping for

The upcoming Snapdragon Wear 5100 chip might not be the major upgrade we were hoping for

It's hard to believe with Apple now being the dominant force in the wearable market, but Google and Qualcomm actually introduced their smartwatches earlier. Unfortunately, we all know how Wear OS (or back then, Android Wear) quickly got lapped by Apple's and Samsung's offers, regarding both hardware and software. While Google has given up on Wear OS as we know it and now partners with Samsung for upcoming versions, Qualcomm ist still basically the only manufacturer providing the underlying chipsets for smartwatches not made by Samsung. And according to an investigation conducted by WinFuture, we might soon be in for a brand-new chipset.

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YouTube Music arrives for Wear OS smartwatches, but not yours

YouTube Music arrives for Wear OS smartwatches, but not yours

For a second there, it looked like Google was just about done with Wear OS. That was until the roadmap started unfolding with plans for, among other things, a new YouTube Music app and, later on, the big reveal of new Samsung smartwatches running the platform. Today, the plot has finally culminated with the soft launch of the new YouTube Music for the Galaxy Watch4 series.

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The new Fitbit Charge 5 is more tiny smartwatch than fancy pedometer

The new Fitbit Charge 5 is more tiny smartwatch than fancy pedometer

Fitbit has promised to eventually make the switch to Wear OS 3 sometime in the future, but for now, it's still working to make the best fitness trackers available today. The Charge series is one of the company's longest-running lineups of wearables, with each generation becoming more advanced than the last. Today, Fitbit announced the Charge 5 as its newest tracker, complete with a full-color display and more advanced sensors than ever before.

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Pick up Fitbit's best smartwatch for its lowest price since Prime Day

Pick up Fitbit's best smartwatch for its lowest price since Prime Day

Although Fitbit has yet to pivot to Wear OS 3, its current lineup of wearables are still outstanding fitness trackers in their own right. The Sense smartwatch is its most advanced gadget yet, with superb battery life and Google Assistant built right in. If you've been waiting for a great deal to pick one up, today's the day. You can grab a Fitbit Sense from Amazon for just $220.

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Google confirms Wear OS 3 upgrade for a handful of current smartwatches — will yours get it, and when?

Google confirms Wear OS 3 upgrade for a handful of current smartwatches — will yours get it, and when?

Since Google and Samsung announced a relaunched version of Wear OS at I/O two months ago, anyone with a current-gen smartwatch has wondered whether their device will receive an upgrade. Samsung and Fitbit have both been open regarding whether older wearables will move to Wear OS — the answer is a solid "no" — but Google has remained vague in its language over the last two months. Finally, we're learning a lot more about the future of wearables on Android, and it's not all good news.

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The Play Store is working to give Wear OS the attention it needs

The Play Store is working to give Wear OS the attention it needs

Google is teasing out more of its Material You interface design for Wear OS and is also bringing a big upgrade to the app and watchface installation experience from your phone.

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OnePlus Watch review, two months later: Time to let go (of the hope this will ever be a good watch)

OnePlus Watch review, two months later: Time to let go (of the hope this will ever be a good watch)

If you want a smartwatch to pair with your Android phone, you've got a lot of options. There are Wear OS watches from a billion different manufacturers, plus Fitbits, Samsung's Galaxy Watch devices, and plenty more niche picks. This month, OnePlus tossed its hat in the ring with the creatively named OnePlus Watch. For $159, it offers quality hardware and great battery life — but crappy custom software makes using it a miserable experience.

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Samsung unveils One UI Watch interface, but leaves us hanging for new Wear hardware

Samsung unveils One UI Watch interface, but leaves us hanging for new Wear hardware

At a digital Mobile World Congress event today, Samsung is showing off its designs for a new generation of Galaxy wearables. But it's sticking to the One UI software side of things, declining to debut new wearable hardware, or even talk very much about that new combined Wear OS platform that it will be running on. It's a bit of a downer after those recent leaks of a next-gen Galaxy Watch 4 from last week.

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