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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 images published in FCC filing

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 images published in FCC filing

FCC clearance is a hurdle every product bound for American soils needs to clear. Since the filing is public, it can give us an early look at specs or images of upcoming gadgets — like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 by Samsung, which recently stopped by the FCC showing us the front of the smartwatch, along with case options.

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Gen 4 Fossil Venture HR Wear OS smartwatches are down to $175 ($100 off)

Gen 4 Fossil Venture HR Wear OS smartwatches are down to $175 ($100 off)

Fossil is one of the leading Wear OS smartwatch manufacturers, and I personally like the brand's timepieces for their stylish design and overall features. Among the company's top products is the fourth-generation Venture, which came out a year ago but still features decent specs and great looks. Four of the timepiece's variants have just gone one sale for $175, which is $100 off their original retail price.

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[Update: Touch bezels and specs] Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 leaks in two sizes, still no rotating bezel in sight

[Update: Touch bezels and specs] Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 leaks in two sizes, still no rotating bezel in sight

The Galaxy Watch Active only hit the market around three months ago, but Samsung has clearly already been hard at work on the second iteration. SamMobile managed to get its hands on photos and some specs on the Galaxy Watch Active2, giving us an early look at what's to come.

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[Update: Still available at Skagen's store] Grab the Skagen Falster 2 Wear OS smartwatch for just $123 ($172 off)

[Update: Still available at Skagen's store] Grab the Skagen Falster 2 Wear OS smartwatch for just $123 ($172 off)

If you're looking for a smartwatch with a sleek design, the Skagen Falster 2 could be the one for you. Indeed, the timepiece resembles a traditional watch thanks to its stylish look, and its price just dropped to $123, 58% off its original MSRP.

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Get Google Assistant on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch with GAssist

Get Google Assistant on your Samsung Galaxy smartwatch with GAssist

It can easily be argued that Samsung's Tizen smartwatches are better than Wear OS competitors in a number of ways, but the voice assistant is not one of them. Bixby will never be able to compete with Google Assistant in this space, so it's always been a bit of a blow for Samsung watch owners. Until now, that is, as a new app is bringing the Assistant to the Galaxy Watch and others Tizen running 4.0 and above.

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Mobvoi's Prime Day smartwatch deals include Ticwatch Pro at $175 ($75 off)

Mobvoi's Prime Day smartwatch deals include Ticwatch Pro at $175 ($75 off)

Amazon Prime Day is still chugging along for the next day or so, so maybe you're still finding something worthwhile to buy. Maybe you'd like to cover up your wrist with something smart? How about a Ticwatch? Mobvoi has discounted its Wear OS smartwatches by 30% for the big sitewide sale and there are pretty decent timepieces to scavenge from here.

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[Update: Deal is live again] Grab one of Fossil's latest Wear OS smartwatches for $200 ($75 off)

[Update: Deal is live again] 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.

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Nest kills its Wear OS app in latest update

Nest kills its Wear OS app in latest update

Developers have shown general disinterest in creating apps for Wear OS, but you'd expect Google to at least make an effort. Well, the Nest division is dropping all pretense of caring about wearables. The Wear OS (and Apple Watch) components are dead in the latest version of the Nest app.

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Weird auto-brightness fix could speed up your Wear OS smartwatch — but it's not clear why

Weird auto-brightness fix could speed up your Wear OS smartwatch — but it's not clear why

Among Wear OS' bigger issues is the general performance of the platform. Most smartwatches being sold today are still using the old Wear 2100 chipset, and it isn't exactly fast. While we all wait on the future, a partial solution for the present-day may have been found. In a curious twist, disabling the automatic brightness feature on compatible Wear OS devices seems to result in a noticeably less lag and stuttering.

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Galaxy Watch and Gear Sport get super customizable watch faces thanks to Pujie Black

Galaxy Watch and Gear Sport get super customizable watch faces thanks to Pujie Black

Customizable watch faces are an integral part of the smartwatch experience. What good is a digital display if you're not going to use it to make your watch look exactly like you want it to? That's why there are hundreds of designers making faces for every wearable platform, and apps such as Pujie Black that let you create your own. The popular app was previously restricted to Wear OS but is now also compatible with Tizen OS, namely Samsung's Galaxy Watch, Watch Active, and Gear Sport. Support for the Gear S3 is coming soon.

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