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North American smartwatch shipments up 38% this year, and Samsung's market share is growing

Smartwatches didn't exactly explode out of the gate like smartphones, but sales are growing steadily. A new report from Canalys shows a sizeable 38% increase in year-over-year North American shipments last quarter. Almost everyone is moving more wearables, but Samsung is seeing the largest proportional improvement.

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[Update: 4G can now be activated] Mobvoi launches a revamped version of the TicWatch Pro with 4G/LTE

Wear OS smartwatches are seen as sub-par compared to the competition, mainly because most of them still use outdated processors or lack key features. With the TicWatch Pro, Mobvoi managed to design one of the most attractive intelligent timepieces powered by Google's OS on the market. However, despite its good selling points, the product lacked LTE connectivity, which prevented owners from using all their watch's features on the go. Thankfully, the manufacturer is announcing the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE, which builds up on its predecessor's specs and adds 4G functionality on top, confirming the leak we reported last month.

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is coming your way in September with rotating touch bezel and optional LTE

It's only been a few months since Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch Active, but it's time for a new and improved version of that wearable. The predictably named Galaxy Watch Active2 is now official, but you won't be able to pre-order for another month. It's got the compact form factor of the Watch Active, but there's a new rotating touch bezel and a few different body style options.

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Fossil reveals fifth-gen smartwatches with Wear 3100 CPU and extended battery mode

Fossil Group is one of the last manufacturers left keeping Wear OS afloat. Last year's Fossil Sport was perhaps the best Wear OS smartwatch yet, though the promised battery life improvements in the Wear 3100 chip still haven't materialized. Fossil is now bringing the Sport's features to its other watches, and adding a few more improvements on top.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 review: Cheap and decent activity tracking, but not for swimmers

In the world of activity trackers, nothing comes close to the Mi Band's value. Cheaper than any Garmin or Fitbit tracker, even the most basic vivofit4 and Inspire, but still packing enough functionality, it also benefits from Xiaomi's name recognition and is considered a serious choice, not a cheap knock-off no-name tracker.

The most recent Mi Band 4 pushes the value-for-money envelop even further thanks to a colored AMOLED screen, swim tracking, and music controls, which get added on top of the previous generation's all-day activity, sleep, and heart rate tracking. Overall, the package is very attractive, but cracks are inevitably hiding below the surface, especially if you like spending your time in a pool.

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Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch leaks with Alexa functionality and OLED screen

Fitbit was huge in fitness trackers before the smartwatch fad, so it was a natural evolution for the company to add a few more features and launch a smartwatch. It started with the Ionic and then released the Versa, which was a better watch. Our friend Evan "evleaks" Blass has images of the upcoming Versa 2, and it has at least one major surprise: a real voice assistant.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 images published in FCC filing

FCC clearance is a hurdle every product bound for American soils needs to clear. Since the filing is public, it can give us an early look at specs or images of upcoming gadgets — like the Galaxy Watch Active 2 by Samsung, which recently stopped by the FCC showing us the front of the smartwatch, along with case options.

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Gen 4 Fossil Venture HR Wear OS smartwatches are down to $175 ($100 off)

Fossil is one of the leading Wear OS smartwatch manufacturers, and I personally like the brand's timepieces for their stylish design and overall features. Among the company's top products is the fourth-generation Venture, which came out a year ago but still features decent specs and great looks. Four of the timepiece's variants have just gone one sale for $175, which is $100 off their original retail price.

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[Update: Touch bezels and specs] Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 leaks in two sizes, still no rotating bezel in sight

The Galaxy Watch Active only hit the market around three months ago, but Samsung has clearly already been hard at work on the second iteration. SamMobile managed to get its hands on photos and some specs on the Galaxy Watch Active2, giving us an early look at what's to come.

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[Update: Still available at Skagen's store] Grab the Skagen Falster 2 Wear OS smartwatch for just $123 ($172 off)

If you're looking for a smartwatch with a sleek design, the Skagen Falster 2 could be the one for you. Indeed, the timepiece resembles a traditional watch thanks to its stylish look, and its price just dropped to $123, 58% off its original MSRP.

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