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

When it comes to smartwatches you can use with Android phones, there are two primary options: models running Google's Wear OS platform (formerly Android Wear), and Samsung's Galaxy/Gear watches that run Tizen OS. Just like with iOS and Android, each platform has its own advantages and disadvantages that have to be considered.

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All the new Wear OS watches from CES 2020

Smartwatches and other wearables have become regular guests at tech exhibitions. The same is true for CES, where Fossil has taken the stage to launch a ton of variations for its Wear OS lineup. A new competitor, Suunto, has also entered the high-end market during the show. To give you an overview of the introduced designs and devices, we've compiled this article listing all Wear OS watches shown during CES 2020.

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Skagen's Falster 3 smartwatch is official, includes Wear 3100 CPU and speaker

 

Just a few days ago, a product listing for the then-unannounced Skagen Falster 3 smartwatch with Google's Wear OS showed up on Amazon. The watch has now officially been revealed at CES, and it's more or less a Fossil Gen 5 in a different casing — which is certainly a good thing.

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Fossil announces new styles for Gen 5, Sport, and Hybrid HR smartwatches

Fossil Group has a lot to talk about at CES 2020: there's new wild-looking Diesel smartwatch, as well as the third-generation Skagen Falster. If you've had your eye on some of Fossil's existing watches, you'll be glad to hear they are now available in more styles.

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Fossil brings 5th-gen battery saving modes to its older smartwatches (Update: Wear OS H in tow)

Back when Fossil introduced the fifth generation of its smartwatches, the company made clear that the energy management enhancements in the form of custom battery modes would also come to its Gen 4 watches. As promised, this software improvement has now started rolling out across these devices, such as the Sloan HR, the Sport, the Venture, and the Explorist.

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Diesel's new Fadelite smartwatch has a translucent shell and smaller size

Diesel, part of Fossil Group, revealed its first Wear OS watch in 2017. The black-and-brown device was one of the largest smartwatches at the time, with a case size of 48mm and a 12mm thickness, and an updated model with a white casing arrived late last year. Diesel has another watch to announce at CES 2020: the Fadelite.

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Withings ScanWatch is the first to combine AFib and sleep apnea detection

Withings gained popularity thanks to its health-focused products, including its smart scale, fitness trackers, and hybrid smartwatches. The company is innovating once again with the announcement of its ScanWatch, the first hybrid smartwatch to combine AFib and sleep apnea detection.

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Suunto 7 is the Finnish brand's first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with offline maps

Finnish exploration and sports specialist Suunto has just announced its first Wear OS smartwatch, and it comes with one especially neat trick up its sleeve. The Suunto 7 features full-color offline outdoor maps so you can follow your live location no matter where you are. This rugged watch and sports tracker isn't cheap at just under $500, but its feature-set might just make it worth the money.

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Fossil Hybrid HR review: Not quite the next Pebble, but a good start (Updated)

Fossil announced its new line of hybrid smartwatches earlier this month, after weeks of rumors. While the company has made hybrid wearables before, the e-paper screen makes this iteration much closer to what you might get from a full-blown smartwatch.

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Amazon listing details upcoming Skagen Falster 3: Built-in speaker, $295, potential January 25th launch date

Details surrounding a new Skagen Falster 3 Wear OS device have just leaked courtesy of Amazon. Although there doesn't appear to have been any announcement for the new device, a listing for it has silently appeared on the retailer's site, revealing photos of the watch, a handful of specs, features, physical dimensions, and price: $295. In fact, you can even pre-order it now, with an expected release date of January 25th.

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