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You can now buy Fossil's Gen 6 watches running the Wear OS version you don't want

You can now buy Fossil's Gen 6 watches running the Wear OS version you don't want

Fossil announced its Gen 6 smartwatches featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipset in late August. Nearly a month later, the smartwatches are now on sale worldwide. The Gen 6 smartwatch lineup represents a major jump over Fossil's previous smartwatches, primarily due to the switch to a newer chipset.

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Fitbit's Charge 5 is officially on sale, just in time for more Premium-exclusive content

Fitbit's Charge 5 is officially on sale, just in time for more Premium-exclusive content

While Fitbit has yet to move over to Wear OS 3 — as it promised during this year's Google I/O conference — its latest wearable looks promising nonetheless. The Charge 5 is a significant step above its predecessor, with a full-color OLED display and a new rounded look. If you've been waiting since its announcement last month to spend the fall getting active, now's your chance. It's finally on sale over at Fitbit's website, as well as Amazon and Best Buy.

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YouTube Music for Wear OS now works on more than one watch

YouTube Music for Wear OS now works on more than one watch

About a month ago Google released a new YouTube Music app for Wear OS. But "Wear OS" now means either the new 3.0 version, running on only the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 until at least next year, or more or less every other Wear OS device running older software. Today Google says the YouTube Music Wear OS app is available on some older devices.

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Samsung thinks you'll pay more than double for the Galaxy Watch4 with Thom Browne branding

Samsung thinks you'll pay more than double for the Galaxy Watch4 with Thom Browne branding

By all accounts, Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 Classic is one of the best wearables ever made for Android devices. Thanks to Wear OS 3, its gorgeous hardware finally has competent software to match, complete with every app and service offered on the Play Store. It costs a pretty penny, but if you're looking for an even more premium experience, Samsung has you covered.

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 is on sale for the first time since launch, complete with an extra wireless charger

Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 is on sale for the first time since launch, complete with an extra wireless charger

In case you haven't heard, wearables are back in a big way. Thanks to a push by Google and Samsung, Wear OS 3 is the best the platform has ever been, but the Galaxy Watch4 series are only devices where you can try it out for yourself. If the launch prices put you off from picking up a new wearable, today's your lucky day. You can grab a Galaxy Watch4 from Amazon with a bundled Wireless Charger Pad Duo for less than the usual cost of the watch itself — but you'll need to act fast.

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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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Weekend poll: Do you prefer round or rectangular smartwatches?

Weekend poll: Do you prefer round or rectangular smartwatches?

The last couple of months have been pretty big for smartwatches. Google launched Wear OS 3 with the help of Samsung, whose next-gen Galaxy Watch4 series is the best it's ever been. Meanwhile, we got our first glimpse of the Apple Watch Series 7 this week, which — while probably not of interest to most of our readership — will undoubtedly become the highest-selling smartwatch of 2022. It's two radically different design philosophies, and it has us wondering about future designs for Wear OS-powered gadgets.

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Your Fitbit watch can now tell you if you're snoring too much

Your Fitbit watch can now tell you if you're snoring too much

Snoring is more than an annoyance for whoever sleeps in the same room as you: it can be an indicator of some serious health issues like sleep apnea. That's why Fitbit has been working on adding snoring detection to its suite of sleep monitoring systems. The Google subsidiary has been preparing snoring detection (and the noise level thereof) since the summer at the very least, and it's now rolling out via a software update to the app and devices.

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The new Apple Watch makes me wish for a rectangular Wear OS competitor

The new Apple Watch makes me wish for a rectangular Wear OS competitor

Apple announced the seventh iteration of its famous Watch today. The design and signature look remain, despite many small adjustments, but the biggest improvement that Apple touted is a 20% larger display compared to the previous Series 6. Looking at that big, beautiful screen, then glancing down at the Galaxy Watch 4 on my wrist, I couldn't help but sigh and wonder, once more, why we couldn't have more choice in the Android world. I would love to have a rectangular watch running Wear OS.

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Mobvoi TicWatch E3 review: Running in place

Mobvoi TicWatch E3 review: Running in place

Thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Watch4 and the long-awaited Wear 3.0 update, there's no denying that there's a reinvigorated interest in the platform. Not that you’d know from using the TicWatch E3. The E3's biggest issue is the inopportune release timing—this watch is the definition of a mixed bag with Wear OS still in flux. The good news: this smartwatch offers the latest Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, which should guarantee solid performance for years to come. The bad news: Wear OS 2.3. 

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