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First-generation Fitbit Versa discounted to $120 ($50 off) on Amazon

First-generation Fitbit Versa discounted to $120 ($50 off) on Amazon

Over the last few years, Fitbit has become synonymous with fitness tracking. While its earlier products tended to be simpler devices that focused on step tracking, the company has transitioned to more intricate wearables that combine best-in-class fitness tracking with the features and form-factor of a standard smartwatch. At the moment, you can pick up a Fitbit Versa for $120 at Amazon, saving $50 off the list price.

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Wrap a new Fitbit Versa 2 around your wrist for $50 off on Amazon

Wrap a new Fitbit Versa 2 around your wrist for $50 off on Amazon

The Versa 2 is the pinnacle of Fitbit's hardware endeavors. It blends the beauty of a sophisticated smartwatch with the fitness tracking reputation Fitbit has been cultivating since coming onto the scene nearly a decade ago. For a limited time, you can wrap a brand new Fitbit Versa 2 around your wrist for up to 25% off with this Amazon offer.

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Fitbit OS 4.1 brings smart wake to older smartwatches, better heart-rate measuring for Versa 2

Fitbit OS 4.1 brings smart wake to older smartwatches, better heart-rate measuring for Versa 2

In time for the holiday season, Fitbit is updating a whole bunch of software and services in the hopes of getting everyone excited and resolved for a healthier 2020 — just as it hopes Google ownership will improve its stance in the fitness tech marketplace. Fitbit OS 4.1 will be rolling out some features originally exclusive to the Versa 2 to other smartwatches while Fitbit Premium will be adopting more special routines to inspire some better habits.

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I'm an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it's now the only smartwatch I'll recommend

I'm an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it's now the only smartwatch I'll recommend

Smartwatches as a concept are not something I've ever really been able to get into. It turns out that's mostly because they're all pretty terrible — once you've tried an Apple Watch.

Two years ago, I tried using an iPhone as my full-time smartphone for the first time ever. I wasn't a complete iOS novice — I've owned iPads in the past — but it was the first time I'd actually had to live inside Apple's walled garden. There were a lot of things I didn't like about the experience, and many of them still hold true today. But the Apple Watch was new territory for me.

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Fossil reveals Hybrid HR smartwatch with two-week battery life for $195

Fossil reveals Hybrid HR smartwatch with two-week battery life for $195

Fossil's hybrid smartwatches have leaked a few times already, but now the company is ready to make things official. Today, Fossil Group revealed its new Hybrid HR smartwatch, which promises over two weeks of battery life on a single charge while retaining most of the functionality that people use smartwatches for.

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'Collider' hybrid smartwatch leaks point to change in direction for Fossil's wearables (Update: Images, price, date)

'Collider' hybrid smartwatch leaks point to change in direction for Fossil's wearables (Update: Images, price, date)

Following a report that Google’s $40M deal with Fossil was all about snatching up their hybrid smartwatch tech, we may now have visual proof of what such a device would look like.

Meet the Fossil Collider Hybrid Smartwatch HR. Unlike Fossil’s previous hybrid watches that stuffed a handful of smart features (alerts, alarm clocks, and step counters) into otherwise analog-styled devices, the Fossil Collider takes its hybrid moniker a step further.

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Xiaomi Mi Watch is a blocky Apple Watch lookalike running a custom version of Wear OS

Xiaomi Mi Watch is a blocky Apple Watch lookalike running a custom version of Wear OS

Xiaomi today announced the Mi Note 10 with a 108MP camera, but it also took the stage to introduce its first smartwatch based on its own custom Wear OS interface, the Mi Watch. Its software and exterior do look quite similar to the Apple Watch, although the device's edges are much blockier. Other than that, it's pretty much standard Wear OS hardware sporting a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor and LTE connectivity.

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It's 2019, and some Wear OS watches still haven't figured out daylight savings

It's 2019, and some Wear OS watches still haven't figured out daylight savings

Google may have just purchased Fitbit, but it still has a wearable platform of its own to take care of — Wear OS. Despite its wide array of capabilities that go beyond merely displaying the correct time, that function remains the main utility of a device strapped to your wrist. It's sad to see that during the switch to standard time, some watches' always-on displays kept showing daylight saving hours.

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Buying Fitbit won't save Google's failing Wear OS

Buying Fitbit won't save Google's failing Wear OS

Google announced earlier this week that it would purchase Fitbit, the ailing manufacturer of fitness-focused wearables and smartwatches, for $2.1 billion. As tech acquisitions go, this one was small: Google valued Fitbit at a price equivalent to that of budget TV manufacturer Vizio back in 2016, a company whose value exists largely in its retail distribution network.

As I alluded to in the opening line, Fitbit isn't doing well. Its stock peaked shortly after its IPO in 2015 around $45 per share, and even after the announcement of Google's acquisition, sits at just over $7 today. This is because Fitbit's newest products aren't, well, good: its most ambitious yet, the Versa 2, has been subject to criticism almost entirely for the software it runs, while the hardware does little to set it apart meaningfully from manufacturers like Samsung and Apple.

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Google acquires Fitbit for $2.1 billion, hints at future own-brand wearable

Google acquires Fitbit for $2.1 billion, hints at future own-brand wearable

A report from a few days ago suggested that Google's parent company Alphabet was in talks to purchase fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit, and sure enough, an official announcement has just confirmed that the deal is going ahead at a cost of $2.1 billion. With confidence in Wear OS seemingly at an all-time low, this latest news could signal that Google's wearable ambitions have some life in them yet.

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