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

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

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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Samsung may announce the Galaxy Watch 3 and a new version of Galaxy Buds in July

Samsung may announce the Galaxy Watch 3 and a new version of Galaxy Buds in July

According to a report from SamMobile, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 3 and bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live earbuds will be announced sometime in July ahead of a formal launch event in August. Both devices have already leaked — though in the case of the Galaxy Buds Live, not by name.

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This $5,800 Wear OS watch is approaching the height of pointlessness

This $5,800 Wear OS watch is approaching the height of pointlessness

One of the longstanding justifications for the luxury watch owner has been investment. Rare and desirable watches often appreciate in value over time, or at least lose far less of their value than something like a new luxury car or a boat (well, until the economy craters). At auction, extremely rare watches can go for tens of millions of dollars, which has solidified their place alongside fine art and classic cars as a legitimate place to "park" large sums of money.

With its new Wear OS watch, Hublot aims a bit lower, at a mere $5,800, but supposes that at just over half the cost of the next-least expensive Big Bang watch—there are no models under $10,000—the new Big Bang e Ceramic is an absolutely stunning value.

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Mobvoi's Ticwatch E with Wear OS is just $80 right now ($20 off)

Mobvoi's Ticwatch E with Wear OS is just $80 right now ($20 off)

Fossil produces the bulk of the watches powered by Google's Wear OS platform, but Mobvoi is still in the wearables game. The company's Ticwatch E model is one of the few Wear OS watches that has ever dropped below $100, and now it's $79.99 on Amazon — a $20 discount from the usual price.

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Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch, and it just passed through the FCC

Samsung is working on a new Galaxy Watch, and it just passed through the FCC

Samsung released two fitness-oriented wearables last year, the Galaxy Watch Active and Watch Active2, but the company's only option that looks like a traditional timepiece is the original Galaxy Watch from two years ago. Thankfully, it looks like new models are finally on the way.

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Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Galaxy Watch Active2 can now monitor heart rhythms, but only in Korea

Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active2 late last year, but not all of the wearable's hardware features have been activated yet. The Watch Active2 includes an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor for measuring the rhythm of the heart, and now the feature has been approved to go live — though only in South Korea, for now.

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Fitbit hopes to detect COVID-19 infections earlier via fitness data

Fitbit hopes to detect COVID-19 infections earlier via fitness data

Wearables capture a whole lot of data about us, far beyond heart rate graphs and activity estimates. Fitbit (soon to be owned by Google) thinks it might be able to use some of that data to help with the current global pandemic to build an algorithm that could detect COVID-19 before you notice symptoms yourself. The company is currently inviting anyone who has the disease, has previously had it, or who otherwise has flu-like symptoms to participate in its research.

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