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Samsung rolls out One UI update to Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport

When the Galaxy Watch Active launched earlier this year, it brought with it Samsung's new One UI look for wearables. That updated interface is now rolling out to the company's earlier smartwatch models, namely the regular Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport.

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[Update: Deal pulled] The Mobvoi TicWatch S2 is now available in white for a stunningly low $89.99 (50% off)

The TicWatch S2 debuted alongside the cheaper E2 early this year. At $179.99, the S2 was already pretty fairly priced, but Mobvoi is now offering a massive 50% discount on its new "Glacier" color. If you've been on the hunt for a cheap Wear OS watch that isn't a million years old, this should definitely pique your interest.

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Mi Fit v4.0 update revamps UI and adds new workout types [APK Download]

Xiaomi's popular Mi Band fitness trackers offer extraordinary bang-for-buck but have been let down by a sub-par app experience that felt rough around the edges. This could change today, as the v4.0 update to Mi Fit brings a brand new UI.

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Get the Huawei Watch GT and GT Classic for $30 off at multiple retailers

Huawei has been selling its GT line of smartwatches in the United States for a while. Instead of Google's Wear OS, the watches use Huawei's own 'Lite OS.' Now you can get the GT and GT Classic for $30 off, bringing the prices to $170 and $200, respectively.

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[Update: Dead] Samsung Gear S3 Frontier down to just $110 ($90 off) at Costco

It's no secret that a lot of us at AP have switched from Wear OS-running smartwatches to Tizen-based watches by Samsung. If you've been thinking of jumping ship too, the Gear S3 Frontier (my daily driver) is currently marked down to $110, an all-time low.

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Smartwatch shipments are up 48%, but Fossil is falling behind

Selling consumers on smartwatches has proven much more difficult than selling them on smartphones a decade ago, but the market is gaining traction. Counterpoint Research says that smartwatch shipments grew by 48% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019, but most of that is thanks to Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit. Fossil, and therefore Wear OS, has seen its market share decline.

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This guy built a smartwatch from scratch, resurrecting the idea behind Pebble

At some point, someone decided that smartwatches have to be capable of replacing your phone. While that might work okay-ish on Apple's platform, it's a disaster over in the Android world – underpowered but battery-sucking Snapdragon chips meet poorly written software on Wear OS. With Pebble gone, there aren't many options left for people looking for a simple wearable that just shows them notifications. Wearable fan Samson March took matters into his own hands (literally) and created a smartwatch with a custom OS, custom design, and a battery life of one whole week that simply mirrors his iPhone's notifications, with no bells and whistles, all while open sourcing the entire project.

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Grab one of Fossil's latest Wear OS smartwatches for $200 ($75 off)

Fossil is one of the most active brands when it comes to developing Wear OS smartwatches. Its products are stylish and discreet but still feature advanced hardware, including heart rate sensors and GPS chips on the latest models. The Sport series features the newer Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which makes it one of the snappiest watches around. If you'd rather boast a more traditional-looking timepiece, the Gen 4 Q Explorist and Q Venture are what you need, but may be slightly behind when it comes to performance as they're based on the older Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. Regardless of your preference, the two variants are currently on sale at $199, which is $75 off their regular price.

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Updated Michael Kors Sofie smartwatch now on sale, adds heart rate sensor and NFC support

The first Wear OS smartwatches from fashion company Michael Kors were released in 2017, featuring bedazzled designs and high price tags. However, the 'Sofie' watch was lacking in features, even compared to other Wear OS watches at the time. An updated model was announced at CES 2019, and now it's available for purchase.

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Alexa comes to the Amazfit Verge fitness smartwatch

Amazfit's popular, inexpensive, and fitness-focused Verge smartwatch now offers Alexa integration for voice commands. Whether you want a quick news briefing, the weather forecast, what's on your calendar, or to turn on the lights, all you need to do is just talk to your watch.

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