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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

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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Qualcomm may finally deliver a smartwatch processor that doesn't suck

According to a report by WinFuture, Qualcomm is planning another new chipset for Wear OS devices, even though the existing Wear 3100 has barely materialized in any devices. The upcoming silicon will feature 64-bit support, 12nm node, Cortex A53 CPU cores, and is alleged to go by one of two potential names: "Snapdragon Wear 429" or "Snapdragon Wear 2700". In short, it sounds like it might actually bring some decent performance to the platform.

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Fitbit testing new app UI with consolidated Today, Discover, and Community tabs

Along with the announcement of the Inspire and Inspire HR, Fitbit said it was redesigning and simplifying its mobile app for Android and iOS. The new app was supposed to go into beta testing first, then be released toward the end of 2019. It seems that the first phase is now in motion, as a few users have reported getting the new Fitbit interface on Android.

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The best smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearables for Android (Summer 2019)

Not everyone needs or wants a screen on their wrist, but for those of us who like tracking workouts and responding to notifications without reaching for a phone, smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic tools. They can give us enhanced insight into our health, or simply give us easier access to tools and controls without pulling a phone out.

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LG Watch W7 drops to $190 ($210 off) at B&H

LG announced the Watch W7 last year with an exorbitant $450 price tag. Thankfully, that price didn't last long—the watch went on "sale" almost immediately and has never sold for full price. It's even cheaper than usual today, though. You can pick up this smartwatch for $190 at B&H.

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Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 fitness tracker with color screen, NFC, and voice assistant

The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was an insanely cheap fitness tracker (£26.99 in the UK, which works out as about $35) with a relatively impressive feature set. Its successor has just been announced by Xiaomi in China, and this time it includes a color display and microphone for voice assistant functionality. There's also a slightly more expensive variant with NFC, although it's still cheap as chips.

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[Update: Back on sale] Get the Huawei Watch GT and GT Classic for $30 off at multiple retailers

Huawei has been selling its GT line of smartwatches in the United States for a while. Instead of Google's Wear OS, the watches use Huawei's own 'Lite OS.' Now you can get the GT and GT Classic for $30 off, bringing the prices to $170 and $200, respectively.

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The Withings Nokia Steel Limited Edition hybrid smartwatch drops to an all-time low of $64 (50% off)

Some people see smartwatches as gadgets and prefer to wear an old-fashioned style timepiece. Hybrid watches offer a good compromise between looking traditional with just the right amount of technology in them to keep track of your activity and wellbeing. The Withings Nokia Steel does that perfectly, as it looks just like a regular wristwatch, but has an extra dial to indicate how much of your daily fitness goals you've achieved.

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TicWatch Pro plus TicPods Free bundle is down 25% to $285 / £252

Mobvoi may not be as popular as brands like Fossil and Fitbit, but it's helping democratize what would typically be seen as expensive luxury accessories. Indeed, the company's products are usually affordable while remaining reliable and well-built. In fact, the TicWatch Pro is one of the most respectable smartwatches around, especially thanks to its impressive battery life. Similarly, the TicPods Free offer great sound quality and decent playback time and cost less than the AirPods. Thanks to Mobvoi's deal, you can save $95 when buying both products together, which represents a 25% markdown off the MSRP.

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