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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Spring 2021)

Android as an ecosystem is lacking any one de facto wearable accessory. Whereas iOS users enjoy exclusive access to the best smartwatch you can buy, we Android loyalists have to do a little research to choose from a staggering number of smartwatches and fitness trackers (and yes, iPhone owners can use these devices, too — but there's not much reason for them to).

But we here at Android Police have done the legwork for you! Here, for your convenience, is a selection of the very best wearables you can get for your Android phone.

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Three Motorola Wear OS watches planned for 2021, at least one with Snapdragon Wear 4100

Three Motorola Wear OS watches planned for 2021, at least one with Snapdragon Wear 4100

Motorola has been out of the smartwatch game since 2016, but in late 2019, a manufacturer called eBuyNow released a Wear OS watch licensing the old Moto 360 product name. The end result was a decent (if overpriced) watch, and now eBuyNow is planning three more to be released this year.

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Leaked Samsung AR Glasses are ridiculously chonky and optimistic smart eyewear

Leaked Samsung AR Glasses are ridiculously chonky and optimistic smart eyewear

Plenty of companies have attempted smart wearables in different forms, but getting people to put on enhanced eyewear has become the gold standard, and it's a formula nobody has truly cracked yet. However, like many others, Samsung is in the process of developing its own pair of smart glasses, and a couple of leaked concept videos demonstrate a series of ambitious goals that might be available when (or if) these spectacles launch.

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Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review: A great not-smartwatch

Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR review: A great not-smartwatch

Fossil released its first hybrid smartwatch in late 2019, a halfway point between the company's traditional watches and its Wear OS devices. The watch has continued to receive updates since then, and while Fossil hasn't yet developed a full-blown sequel, the company did announce a new variation under its Skagen brand at CES last month.

The Skagen Jorn Hybrid HR isn't too different from the existing Fossil hybrid smartwatches, but it is available in more styles and sizes. The software has also matured more since our initial Fossil Hybrid HR review, so we thought it was worth looking at the new model.

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TicWatch Pro 3 gets chunky update with plenty of new features and fixes

TicWatch Pro 3 gets chunky update with plenty of new features and fixes

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is still the only Wear OS watch with Qualcomm's 4100 chip, and it just picked up a new update. Rolling out now, the new firmware delivers a handful of improvements to things like touch screen response, better pairing speed, and faster tilt-to-wake, plus a handful of new features for the watch's unique power-saving "essential" mode.

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Galaxy Watch3 owners in Europe can now access blood pressure and ECG data

Galaxy Watch3 owners in Europe can now access blood pressure and ECG data

More governments are giving their mark of approval to Samsung's ability to read and monitor your blood pressure and electrocardiogram. The company has announced that its Samsung Health Monitor app — where those tracking features can be found — will be available in 31 new countries.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch4 might monitor blood glucose levels

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 might monitor blood glucose levels

Samsung revived its classically-designed smartwatch line last year, with the release of the Galaxy Watch3. Among other features, it included hardware support for blood oxygen and blood pressure monitoring, even if neither feature worked all that well. Now it looks like the next Galaxy Watch could add a heavily-requested feature: blood glucose monitoring.

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Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch now available at Verizon for $349

Fossil Gen 5 LTE smartwatch now available at Verizon for $349

The Fossil Gen 5 LTE, announced earlier this month, is now for sale at Verizon for $349. There aren't many LTE smartwatches on the market, likely because most people have their phones nearby if they're wearing a smartwatch. But if you're a Verizon subscriber who's been on the lookout for an LTE Wear OS watch, this is worth checking out.

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Google claims Fitbit acquisition is 'complete,' governments around the world disagree

Google claims Fitbit acquisition is 'complete,' governments around the world disagree

Google's acquisition of Fitbit is now complete, according to an announcement made by the company earlier this morning. Claiming that the deal was always about Fitbit's hardware expertise and not customer data, Google says it has smoothed over regulatory concerns with a series of safeguards and commitments. However, we aren't sure if either US or Australian regulators' concerns have actually been addressed given the ongoing state of both investigations.

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OnePlus Band unveiled with SpO2 tracking and two-week battery life

OnePlus Band unveiled with SpO2 tracking and two-week battery life

OnePlus has slowly but surely moved into the upper tier of the price spectrum with its phones. But the saturated high-end market led the company to take another look at the budget segment last year with its entry-level Nord phones and its recent venture into the cheap TWE space. Now, OnePlus is entering the burgeoning fitness tracker market with its own cheap option.

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