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Garmin announces Fēnix 6-series smartwatches with optional solar power display

Most smartwatch makers that arent' Apple are shooting for the $200-300 price bracket, but Garmin occupies a very specific niche. Its Fēnix smartwatches are more expensive and aimed squarely at outdoor enthusiasts. The company just announced a new generation of the sport-oriented watches: the Fēnix 6-series. They have larger 1.3-1.4-inch displays, enhanced run tracking, and even an optional solar panel.

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Fitbit introduces Versa 2 smartwatch along with Premium subscription service and Aria Air smart scale

Fitbit's grown from basic fitness tracking to move into smartwatches with models like the ill-fated Ionic and its much-improved successor, the Versa. Following some tantalizing leaks, the company's now officially announcing its latest smartwatch, the Versa 2, along with a premium fitness subscription service and the Aria Air smart scale.

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[Update: Spotify too] Fitbit Versa 2 leaks point to September 15 release, confirm Alexa integration and OLED display

Fitbit has been around long before smartwatches became a thing and is synonymous with fitness trackers to this day. However, the company isn't shy about its smartwatch ambitions and has already released some devices in this category, including the Ionic and the Versa. The manufacturer is building on this foundation and plans to release a new model of the latter. Renders already showed us what the Versa 2 should look like, and now, further leaks courtesy of TizenHelp and HRDLPN have surfaced, presenting the device and its packaging in full glory. TizenHelp claims it will hit shelves September 15.

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Fitbit Inspire HR drops to $80 to help you keep your beach bod through winter ($20 off)

Summer is almost over, but you've worked so hard to build that beach body of yours, it would be a shame to destroy it as soon as you put some clothes back on. Thankfully, Fitbit's Inspire HR tracker has just dropped to $80 to help you keep track of your workouts all year long.

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Save up to 20% on Mobvoi's TicWatch WearOS smartwatches

It's almost time to go back to school, and what better way to make sure you're on time than a brand new smartwatch. Thanks to this deal on Mobvoi's smartwatches, you can save between 15 to 20% on four models, which range from $136 to $250 depending on your needs.

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'Blocks' modular smartwatch gets cancelled four years after Kickstarter campaign

The modular 'BLOCKS' smartwatch launched on Kickstarter all the way back in 2015, and quickly raised over $1.6 million. The goal was to make a watch that you could connect extra modules to, adding functionality like an LED flashlight and more battery capacity. However, crowdfunded projects are always a gamble, and now Blocks has officially run out of money.

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Runkeeper kills WearOS app, citing 'buggy experience'

2019 has been a sad year for WearOS, as the platform witnessed the death of several apps over the past few months. Runkeeper is the latest company to announce the retirement of its application on WearOS devices, claiming the experience was buggy for most users.

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North American smartwatch shipments up 38% this year, and Samsung's market share is growing

Smartwatches didn't exactly explode out of the gate like smartphones, but sales are growing steadily. A new report from Canalys shows a sizeable 38% increase in year-over-year North American shipments last quarter. Almost everyone is moving more wearables, but Samsung is seeing the largest proportional improvement.

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[Update: 4G can now be activated] Mobvoi launches a revamped version of the TicWatch Pro with 4G/LTE

Wear OS smartwatches are seen as sub-par compared to the competition, mainly because most of them still use outdated processors or lack key features. With the TicWatch Pro, Mobvoi managed to design one of the most attractive intelligent timepieces powered by Google's OS on the market. However, despite its good selling points, the product lacked LTE connectivity, which prevented owners from using all their watch's features on the go. Thankfully, the manufacturer is announcing the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE, which builds up on its predecessor's specs and adds 4G functionality on top, confirming the leak we reported last month.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is coming your way in September with rotating touch bezel and optional LTE

It's only been a few months since Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active, but it's time for a new and improved version of that wearable. The predictably named Galaxy Watch Active2 is now official, but you won't be able to pre-order for another month. It's got the compact form factor of the Watch Active, but there's a new rotating touch bezel and a few different body style options.

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