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Report: Google's 2019 hardware plans include Pixel 'Lite,' Home refresh, new Nest cameras, and wearables

Google's first-party hardware options may be set to ramp up this year according to a recent report. Based on the details, we might see new product lines as well as refreshes of existing ones. In addition to the already knownupcomingcheaper Pixel "Lite," Nikkei is reporting that Google plans to release its own wearables (plural), a Google Home refresh, and security cameras this year.

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Report: Wear OS makes up less than 12% of smartwatch sales in the US

Take these estimates with an appropriate grain of salt, but reading between the lines of a recent analysis by The NPD Group indicates that smartwatches running Wear OS account for at most 12% of unit sales in the US, and the real numbers are likely much lower than that. Although Google continues investing inredesigning and rebranding the platform, which now boasts plenty of hardware partners, it has barely made a dent in the market.

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TicWatch E2 and S2 are now available for $159.99 and $179.99

Smartwatches aren't quite the product category that some thought (or hoped) they would be, but that hasn't stopped some companies from continuing to expand and improve their offerings. Take Mobvoi, the makers of the TicWatch line, for example, which has just announced pricing and immediate availability for its new TicWatch E2 and TicWatch S2.

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Wear OS 2.3 is now rolling out to some smartwatches

While Google's battery-focused Wear OS 2.2 H update continues to roll out, version 2.3 of the wearable operating system is now beginning to hit smartwatches as well. The new Wear OS version comes with a Home app update from 2.20 to 2.21, which promises a more intuitive, efficient design; improved health coaching; and more proactive help from Google Assistant.

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Mobvoi unveils two updated Wear OS smartwatches: Ticwatch E2 and S2

Chinese AI firm Mobvoi has been a shining light in the generally underwhelming Android Wear/Wear OS space, and today it's announcing two new products. The TicWatch E2 and S2 (standing for Express and Sport) are follow-ups to the company's most affordable smartwatches, with updated designs, bigger batteries, and Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chips (but not the new 3100).

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Pujie Black for Wear OS adds custom images, cloud library feature, and more

Pujie Black is one of the best custom watch faces for Wear OS devices, and it has gone through update after update over the past few years. It's endlessly customizable — even more so with the latest update. Version 4.0 of the watch face is now available on the Play Store, with a few new major additions.

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Google Fit launches monthly challenges to keep you moving throughout 2019

New year, new you. Or at least we'd all like to believe it. If you've made a 2019 resolution to move more, you'll want to use an activity tracking app or wearable to keep an eye on your progress, and thanks to a new feature, Google Fit could be one of these options. The service is launching new challenges that aim to keep you moving throughout the year.

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Dark Sky brings hyperlocal weather information to Wear OS

Checking the weather is one of the features I use most on my phone. For years, I had a widget dedicated to just that on my homescreen, a layout I abandoned only a short time ago. When it comes to wearables, you have a couple of options in this area. Some watches come with pre-built faces that include weather info, you can build your own in something like Pujie, or install a separate app. Those who opt for the latter now have a new entrant to consider. Dark Sky has come to Wear OS, and it's a free upgrade for all existing subscribers.

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[Update: TicWatch E UK deal] TicWatch S & E drop below Black Friday prices, down to $139 and $112 on Amazon - free TicBand included

 

Mobvoi is discounting their Ticwatch S (Sport) and Tickwatch E (Express) on Amazon. At $140 & $112, they are a further 12% down from their Black Friday prices of $160 & $128. To sweeten the deal, MobvoiUS is throwing in a free TicBand (normally listed at $50) free with either purchase. To get this deal, you need to scroll down to the 'Special offers and product promotions' section and add the watch and band to the cart together.

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[Update: C2 sales get started with 10% discount] Mobvoi announces TicWatch C2 at London event, plus TicPods Free earbuds are now on sale

Chinese AI company Mobvoi hosted an event in London today, in part to raise awareness for digital wellbeing, but mainly to make two announcements. The TicPods Free true wireless earbuds that we first heard about in April are now on general sale, but the main attraction is the brand new TicWatch C2.

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