In the era before modern smartwatches, Fitbit's name became synonymous with wearable fitness trackers. Full-fledged smartwatches have become the norm as consumers have demanded more and more from wearables, and Fitbit stepped in with the Ionic and Versa smartwatches a few years ago. I had high hopes that Fitbit would continue to improve and provide Android users a viable alternative to the increasingly frustrating Wear OS experience, but the Sense has some of the same shortcomings and bugs I remember from the Ionic. The Sense also has its own raft of new glitches that I find equally annoying.
Samsung has been making wearables for the better part of forever, but like all companies that make money off hardware sales, it can only offer support for so long. Now it looks like Samsung may be ending support on upcoming 2021 smartphones for some older Gear wearables — including the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear S.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 offers a stylish design, polished software, and plenty of health tracking features. When we reviewed it earlier this year, we called it "the best smartwatch Samsung has made yet." And right now, the watch is discounted a full $100 off both the 41mm and 45mm models — and if you have an Amazon Prime Card, you can save even more.
Mobvoi makes a lot of Wear OS smartwatches, and like any good watchmaker, it also produces a variety of watch faces that users can install to personalize their timepieces. Last month, however, on the eve of Halloween, all of the company's watch faces — and the developer account used to publish them — seem to have been purged from the Play Store entirely. Now it looks like most of them have returned to their rightful place on the Play Store's virtual shelves.
Qualcomm revealed two new wearable chipsets back in June, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+. The new chips are a significant upgrade over Qualcomm's previous designs, with up to 85% faster performance and improved battery optimization, but there hasn't been a Wear OS smartwatch yet that utilizes the newer chipsets. That's finally changing, as Mobvoi has announced the first Wear OS watch with the Wear 4100.
One of the primary purposes for smartwatches is to keep track of fitness, something Fitbit's offerings have always excelled at. Right now, two of the company's newest offerings are on sale, including $50 off the top-of-the-line Fitbit Sense and $30 off the Versa 3 model from a variety of online retailers.
Smartwatches are great for staying on top of notifications, sending quick messages, and keeping track of fitness statistics. Right now, Amazon is offering big savings on a number of smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Skagen, and Armani. There are options that will look good on anyone's wrist, and the prices start at just $169 for some of the best Wear OS options you'll find available today.
Following its acquisition in progress, Google already confirmed that it would add the Assistant to the latest Fitbit smartwatches, the Versa 3 and the Sense, and today, it has arrived as part of Fitbit OS 5.1. The update will roll out to the two health trackers starting today, and it packs a few more things on top of the Assistant: Automatic SpO2 readings at night without the dedicated watchface, new SpO2 clockfaces, audible Alexa replies, and more.