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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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The OnePlus Watch gets a critical feature it should have had at launch (but there's a catch)

The OnePlus Watch gets a critical feature it should have had at launch (but there's a catch)

We had high expectations when we first heard OnePlus was working on a smartwatch and thought it would combine great value with an affordable price. Unfortunately, when we reviewed it, we found out it lacked a bunch of essential features.

However, when OnePlus announced the first update for its smartwatch, we thought it would fix some of its flaws. Sadly, it only corrected a handful of bugs without really adding new functionality. Thankfully, the OnePlus watch is getting another update, which adds the much-expected always-on display feature.

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Pick up one of Mobvoi's TicWatch wearables for less than a good pair of sneakers

Pick up one of Mobvoi's TicWatch wearables for less than a good pair of sneakers

If you've been shopping for a new smartwatch to pair with your Android phone, one name has probably kept appearing over and over again. Mobvoi's entire TicWatch lineup is routinely called the best wearable tech for fans of Google's mobile OS, but with one major catch: the price. If you're looking for a quality fitness tracker for your phone but don't want to break the bank, two of Mobvoi's gadgets are on sale today for under $100.

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Buying your first Android wearable? Here's what you need to know

Buying your first Android wearable? Here's what you need to know

The Apple Watch is ubiquitous among iPhone owners: it's the go-to for iOS devices. Android, on the other hand, doesn't have any such singular, easy-to-recommend smartwatch — we've got all kinds of options from tons of different manufacturers. Here's a quick guide to some of your best options across categories.

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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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Spend some of the money you saved on the gym last year to get a Fitbit Versa 3 — now at an all-time low

Spend some of the money you saved on the gym last year to get a Fitbit Versa 3 — now at an all-time low

Fitbit's lineup of trackers remains some of the only good wearables for Android. Now that the company is under Google's ownership, you can expect that partnership to improve over time. Last year's Versa 3 is one of its best devices yet, and it's hit an all-new low on Amazon today, making it the perfect opportunity to get moving as we head into the summer.

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The OnePlus Watch's first software update isn't what we hoped for

The OnePlus Watch's first software update isn't what we hoped for

When OnePlus unveiled its first smartwatch, it sounded like it would offer great value at an affordable price, just like most of the brand's products. Sadly, the device was not only hard to find; it turned out to be an unfinished product that lacked essential features. Thankfully, most of these issues could be fixed with software improvements, which is why we had high hopes when OnePlus announced one for its watch. Unfortunately, it mainly fixes bugs but doesn't add much to the watch for now.

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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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Grab Fitbit's most advanced smartwatch for $80 off at Amazon

Grab Fitbit's most advanced smartwatch for $80 off at Amazon

Earlier today, Fitbit announced the Luxe, its newest tracker designed to bring a touch of fashion to your workouts, but you don't have to wait until it launches to start getting in shape. If you're looking for a more traditional form factor, the flagship Sense wearable is the gadget for you. It's filled with all sorts of sensors to help you keep track of your health, and you can grab one from Amazon today for just $249 — $80 off its usual price point.

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Fitbit's new fitness tracker is all about your fit

Fitbit's new fitness tracker is all about your fit

Only a few days have passed since Fitbit's newest wearable leaked, showing off a style-focused fitness tracker designed to look more like jewelry than any of the company's other gadgets. If you've been counting the days to an official announcement, wait no longer. The Fitbit Luxe is here, made to help users keep an active lifestyle without losing out on fitness tracking. With several new bands and metallic colors to choose from, the Luxe brings a premium experience to your workouts.

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