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Google is making Wear OS app quality guidelines mandatory

If you've been a Wear OS user for a while, odds are you've noticed that wearable apps in the Play Store are sometimes not very good. Google is looking to change that, and asking nicely didn't work. Soon, the app quality guidelines that rolled out with Wear 2.0 will become mandatory.

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[Update: 28-day battery life] TicWatch Pro review: A good Wear watch at a bad time


Chinese firm Mobvoi — founded by ex-Googlers — has a history of making connected watches that stretches back to its original TicWatch and TicWatch 2 running the proprietary TicWear OS. Around this time last year, the TicWatch S and E were launched with Wear OS (then Android Wear) on board, and they were praised for their quality and excellent value proposition.

Now, Mobvoi is back with a premium Wear OS smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro. It offers better build quality and adds NFC, but the real star of the show is a transparent second display for more efficient always-on functionality with the promise of excellent battery life.

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Michael Kors adds new Runway designs to stylish Access collection of Wear OS watches

Fashion brands have been all over Wear OS. That includes Michael Kors, which has been selling a line of Wear OS smartwatches it calls Access for some time. Today, the designer has announced a new set of Access devices that borrow their design from Kors' established Runway watches.

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Android Pie finally fixes the Wear OS phone call audio bug after 10 months

In late 2017, Wear OS users reported via Google's issue tracker that Bluetooth call audio was thoroughly busted. Then, they waited... and waited. This has been going on for so long that Wear OS was still Android Wear when the issue was initially reported. At last, we're getting confirmation from users that the bug has been patched in Android 9 Pie. It only took Google 10 months.

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Fossil announces fourth-generation smartwatches with NFC, GPS, and heart rate sensors

Fossil's third-generation Q smartwatches have been going on sale frequently as of late - and now we know why. Today the company announced fourth-gen Fossil Q watches, starting with the Q Venture HR and Q Explorist HR.

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Wear OS update adds quicker Google Pay, time zone bug fix, and more

It's not just Android P getting an update today. An update is rolling out to the Wear OS app in Google Play. It'll add a handful of minor changes to your watch, which is more than you usually get from the app updates.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watch 2 Sport down to $180 ($80 off), Watch 2 Classic for $220 ($80 off)

The Android Wear market isn't what it once was, but one of the few manufacturers that has stuck around is Huawei. The Huawei Watch 2 Sport and Classic didn't wow us as much as the original Huatch, but given the price drops B&H is offering, they might be worth another look. The Sport is offered for $179.99, and the Classic for $219.99.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch rumored to run Tizen after all, go on sale on August 24 (Updated)

What comes after 2016’s Samsung Gear S3 and last year’s not-exactly-a-sequel Gear Sport, both of which run the company’s Tizen OS? Why, the Galaxy Watch, of course, because names are fun. But if you were expecting someone else besides Armani, Hublot, Skagen and the rest of the traditional fashion brand horde to join Google in trying to save Wear OS, odds are you will have to wait a little while longer.

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[Deal Alert] Get up to $77 off Ticwatch Wear OS devices on Amazon

Amazon Prime day isn't over yet—there's a solid deal on some Wear OS devices from Mobvoi. You definitely should not spend a lot of money on Wear OS watches right now, but the Ticwatch E and S are pretty cheap to start with, and now they're up to $77 cheaper.

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Wear OS app v2.14 will add a shortcut to block app notifications [APK Teardown]

While you can run apps on Wear OS, the main reason for it to exist is to serve notifications. But for as much as notifications are useful, too many can be counterproductive. If you're finding that one or more of your apps is getting too noisy, but you're not quite ready to shut down notifications altogether, one good solution is to block those notifications from reaching your watch. Soon, you'll be able to access the settings screen to configure blocked apps by using a launcher shortcut.

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