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[Update: It's back] Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier is now $200 on Amazon

If you want a smartwatch, and Google's Wear OS isn't appealing to you, Samsung's Tizen watches are the next-best thing you can use with Android phones. The Gear S3 is one of the company's older watches, as it came out in late 2016, but it's still supported and has some features the newer watches lack. Now you can get it for just $199.99 on Amazon — around $20 cheaper than the typical price, and $150 below the original MSRP.

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Huawei reportedly planning two more smartwatches without Wear OS

Wear OS has gained a bit of momentum lately, with the release of several new watches and some major software updates, but Huawei still doesn't seem particularly interested in it. The Huawei Watch GT was released last year (and arrived in the US last month), but it runs the company's own Lite OS. According to WinFuture, Huawei is planning two more variations of the GT.

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Microsoft Band support ends May 31, some owners eligible for refunds

Microsoft entered the health device market in 2014, with the release of the original Microsoft Band. It had a 1.4-inch color display and 10 sensors — including heart rate, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light, UV, and others. A sequel was released the following year, though it was discontinued in 2016 with no replacement in sight. Now Microsoft is officially retiring the Band and shuttering all online services.

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Thanks, I hate it: Nubia's wearable, flexible phone is from the darkest timeline

At a press conference during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Nubia unveiled what is supposedly a finished version of its Alpha concept device that it first showed off during IFA in September last year. While it may look like a funky smartwatch with a strange, elongated screen, Nubia insists it's actually a smartphone that you can wear on your wrist. Because that's a thing we all want, obviously.

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[Update: Could be the Versa Lite] Alleged Fitbit Versa 2 leaks in silver, rose pink, purple, and cyan

Fitbit launched the Versa in March last year, and it was a better product than the company's first smartwatch. While it had a bit of an Apple Watch vibe, the Versa was a capable fitness-oriented smartwatch. We have yet to see a followup to Fitbit's first watch (the Ionic), but it looks like a Versa successor is nearing release. A new leak shows off the watch in four snazzy colors.

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Nike's self-lacing kicks turn to bricks when updated over Android

Nike recently launched the futuristic self-lacing Adapt BB sneakers, with the Android app going live just last week. Our comments section was full of people discussing dystopian futures with rebellious footwear, and they didn't have to wait long — the shoes seem to be bricking during the initial software update itself.

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Samsung unveils health-focused Galaxy Watch Active with blood-pressure monitoring, will cost $200

Health tracking has never been a top focus for Samsung's smartwatches, but that changes today. Samsung unveiled a slew of new wearable products today, including a sleeker version of last year's Galaxy Watch — the fittingly-named Galaxy Watch Active.

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Press renders reveal new details on the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch Active

It seems Samsung won't have much to unveil during its Unpacked event tomorrow: Little is left to know about the Galaxy S10 lineup, and the screenshots from the company's Wearables app that leaked earlier this week shed more light on the upcoming Galaxy Buds and Watch Active. As if this wasn't enough, full press renders of the products have been published, revealing more about their features and design.

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[Update: AT&T too] Tizen 4.0 rolling out to Verizon's Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Frontier

Verizon is pushing an update to the LTE variants of the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier that brings Tizen version 4 as well as some cool new features. This update aligns the smartwatches with the non-LTE counterparts that got the update last week. The OTA packages for the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier carry the version numbers R775VVRU1CRL8 and R765VVRU1CRL8, respectively.

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Nike Adapt BB sneakers app is live on the Play Store

Has keeping track of battery levels on your smartphone, fitness tracker, headphones, computer, tablet, and toothbrush become too easy for you? Worry not — come February 17th, and you can charge your shoes too, with the self-lacing Nike Adapt BB sneakers. These smart shoes were announced last month, and their companion Android app is now live on the Play Store.

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