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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 series is the hardware boost Wear OS desperately needs

Google's Wear OS platform for smartwatches has been in a rough patch for a while, partially because the only viable option for processors has been Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 and 3100 chips. Those processors are vastly out of date, but now Qualcomm is introducing a massive upgrade — the Wear 4100 series.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will likely debut on July 22

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 3 has been leaking like crazy recently. It first went through the FCC back in May, and then a report claimed that Samsung would announce the watch at an event in July. And now it looks like we're getting some even more specific confirmation of that announcement date thanks to a leaked product render.

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Fitbit Charge 4 review, one month later: All the fitness tracking you could ask for, plus some smartwatch goodies

For many people, Fitbit is synonymous with fitness trackers, but the company has faced new challenges from smartwatches in recent years. The Fitbit Charge 4 signifies a change, even if it doesn't look too different from its predecessor. The tracker packs everything you could want from a fitness tracker, and you get basic smartwatch capabilities like notification management, Spotify controls, NFC payments, alarms, and more. However, its $150 price tag may make it a tough sell when a smartwatch like Fitbit's own Versa 2 often goes on sale for the same price.

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Get the Skagen Falster 3 smartwatch for $199 ($96 off)

The Skagen Falster 3 is probably the best-looking Wear OS watch currently available, and since it uses Fossil's Gen 5 reference design, it's one of the best-performing watches too. The Falster 3 usually costs $295, but now you can get it for $199.00 from Amazon.

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Mobvoi releases upgraded TicWatch C2+ with double the RAM and two included straps

The TicWatch C2 was announced all the way back in December 2018, but it remains the most attractive smartwatch Mobvoi has produced (if you ask me). An updated C2+ has just been launched with the same design and almost identical specs, except for the memory which has been doubled to a whole 1GB. It also comes with a pair of straps in the box, this time around — one silicone and one leather.

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Smartwatch shipments are up 12% in Q1 2020 despite the coronavirus outbreak

You would think that smartwatch shipments fell sharply this year due to many people being confined to their homes during lockdown orders, but the market is alive and well with a 12% growth compared to last year's first quarter, according to Canalys. However, the news isn't great for every player: Apple's and Fitbit's share annual growth turned negative while Huawei, Samsung, and Garmin are the winners of Q1 2020.

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The BTS Edition Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Buds+ will be available in the US

The Korean phenomenons BTS and Samsung have teamed up to release special editions of the Galaxy S20+, S20+ 5G, and the Galaxy Buds+, as previously leaked. Like the Galaxy Note10's Star Wars edition and the Galaxy S10+ Olympic Games version before them, the products come with cosmetic software changes, another coat of paint, custom packaging, and extra goodies in the box. They'll even be available in the US, which is unusual.

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Fitbit hits 50 million installs on the Play Store

Fitbit offers some of the most popular fitness trackers, and many people use the brand name to describe any health band. With that recognition, four iterations of the Charge on the market, and some ventures into the smartwatch space with the Versa and the Ionic, you should think that the company already got millions of devices into customers' hands. The Play Store listing seems to confirm as much — the Fitbit app has just reached 50 million installs over the weekend.

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Should you buy a Wear OS watch or a Galaxy Watch?

Picking a smartwatch to pair with your Android smartphone is at once both relatively simple—there just aren't many choices—and maddening: no platform offers a truly great wearable experience with Google's mobile OS. The two biggest platforms are, of course, watches powered by Google's own Wear OS, and Samsung's Tizen-based Galaxy Watches. Both platforms have their benefits and (ample) drawbacks, but choosing the right one will probably depend both on your desired physical aesthetic and a few specific software features.

In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 5 is official, comes with a bigger screen and more convenient charging

Xiaomi managed to impress everybody with its low-cost $30 Mi Band 4 that easily kept up with much costlier products from Fitbit, Garmin, and Co. (as long as you're not a swimmer, that is). Exactly a year after its introduction, the company has released a follow-up in the form of the Mi Band 5, packing a slightly bigger screen, a much-improved charger, more tracking capabilities, and a ton of new animated watchfaces.

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