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Apr 15, 2020. 4 comments

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Washing your hands is a basic front-line defense against not only the novel coronavirus, but you know, a whole host of germs and general nastiness. And apparently, a disturbing number of people don’t do it as often as they should. To help the crustiest among us to wash their damn hands in this dire time, Google has updated Wear OS smartwatches with a handy handwashing timer.

The timer is part...

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Mar 27, 2020. 8 comments

Timex's New GPS Smartwatch Ain't Cute, But It's Cheap

Timex's New GPS Smartwatch Ain't Cute, But It's Cheap

When Timex announced earlier this year that it was

getting back into the smartwatch game , I was a little perplexed.. That’s mainly because, at a glance, the new Ironman GPS R300 looks much more like the kind of smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that was popular back in 2016 than a device you’d relaunch a product line with in 2020.

It’s not just that the Ironman GPS R300 looks retro. But, I...

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Mar 11, 2020. 4 comments

Montblanc Would Like You to Pay $1,170 for Its New LTE Smartwatch

Montblanc Would Like You to Pay $1,170 for Its New LTE Smartwatch

When Montblanc launched its Summit 2 smartwatch two years ago, the pricey device was notable for being one of the only Wear OS watches around with the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chip, which offered better performance than past Android watches. But the Summit 2 cost a whopping $995. Now Montblanc is back with the Summit 2+. This time, it’s adding standalone LTE connectivity through...

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Mar 09, 2020. 11 comments

Finally, a Wear OS Smartwatch I Don't Absolutely Hate

Finally, a Wear OS Smartwatch I Don't Absolutely Hate

There’s no getting around it: The Suunto 7 smartwatch is a

big, beefy boy . Giant smartwatches can be polarizing, but in a world of aggressively mediocre Wear OS devices, the Suunto 7 is a refreshing reminder that the Android watch platform doesn’t have to suck as hard as it currently does.

So what’s different about the Suunto 7? Well, if you’re into smartwatches mostly for their advanced tech...

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Mar 02, 2020. 4 comments

Google Tucked Away a Hidden Drum Machine in Wear OS

Google Tucked Away a Hidden Drum Machine in Wear OS

Google loves its Easter eggs, and apparently one has been hiding right under our noses in Wear OS for quite some time.

If you happen to have a Wear OS smartwatch, there are actually two little surprises programmed into the default Flashlight app if you double-tap then press. The first is just a colorful swirl of lights—an Easter egg that was spotted as early as four years ago by eagle-eyed...

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Feb 27, 2020. 7 comments

Heart Rate Limitations Show Why You Shouldn't Get Your Medical Advice From the Apple Watch

Heart Rate Limitations Show Why You Shouldn't Get Your Medical Advice From the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat. It’s massively popular, has a full range of features, and compared to some of its competitors, leads the way in rethinking how wearables can function within the health sector. During the Apple Watch portion of Apple events, you can generally expect a feel-good reel of real-life users sharing stories of how the watch saved their lives by notifying...

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Feb 27, 2020. 3 comments

It Is the Year 2020, and Timex Just Got Back Into Smartwatches

It Is the Year 2020, and Timex Just Got Back Into Smartwatches

Timex is well-known for its low-tech watches, but the company doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of smartwatches. That’s because it’s been a hot second since the company put out anything worthwhile in the category. Well, 2020 is a new year, and Timex is looking to get back into the game with a new running smartwatch, the Ironman GPS R300.

The last notable Timex smartwatch was the...

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Feb 10, 2020. 5 comments

The Best Thing About This Smartwatch Is the Strap

The Best Thing About This Smartwatch Is the Strap

There’s no shortage of stylish Wear OS watches—it’s literally Fossil’s main reason for existing at this point. The company and its small army of designer brands make up the bulk of Android-friendly smartwatches out there. The problem is, they’re all functionally interchangeable. They run the same software, sport the same features, with maybe one or two proprietary apps that make you go: “Huh,...

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Jan 31, 2020. 15 comments

Stop Trying to Clone the Apple Watch

Stop Trying to Clone the Apple Watch

At this point, there’s no denying the

Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat. It’s feature-rich, massively popular, and when you wear one, it confers a certain sensibility about you, the tech-savvy consumer. But for the love of everything holy, can other smartwatch makers please stop trying to shamelessly ape the design?

The latest offender, if rumors are to be believed, is Oppo. Renders of...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

It's Not CES Without Yet Another Million Fossil Smartwatches

It's Not CES Without Yet Another Million Fossil Smartwatches

Look, it’s not a tech trade show if you aren’t bombarded with a small army of Fossil smartwatches. The wearable hype may have died down at CES since its heyday in 2014, but you can always count on Fossil and its umbrella of trendy designer brands to bring more smartwatches than you know how to write about.

Tech-wise, there’s not a whole lot that’s been updated since the fall launch of...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Jan 06, 2020. 6 comments

Withings's Latest Smartwatch Doubles Down on Medical Wearables

Withings's Latest Smartwatch Doubles Down on Medical Wearables

Last year, Withings wowed at CES with a

hybrid smartwatch that could also take your ECG. That was no small feat, considering it came just months after Apple made waves with the same feature on the Series 4. This year, it’s doubling down on ‘medical-grade’ hybrid smartwatches with the ScanWatch, which can take ECGs and monitor for sleep apnea.

The ScanWatch purportedly tracks for sleep apnea...

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Jan 06, 2020. 3 comments

The Beefy Suunto 7 Is a Great Reason to Be Excited About Wear OS

The Beefy Suunto 7 Is a Great Reason to Be Excited About Wear OS

Unless you’re hardcore into outdoor fitness, you probably haven’t heard of Suunto. The Finnish company is mostly known for its compasses and GPS sports watches, but at CES 2020, the company is launching its first Wear OS watch, the Suunto 7.

At a glance, the Suunto 7 is reminiscent of other beefy fitness watches, like those from the

Garmin Fenix 6 series or Polar. But the main difference is...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Dec 31, 2019. 5 comments

This Is the Decade Smartwatches Actually Became a Thing

This Is the Decade Smartwatches Actually Became a Thing
Decade's EndDecade's EndGizmodo, io9, and Earther look back at our passing decade and look ahead at what kind of future awaits us in the next ten years.

Over the past ten years, smartwatches have gone from futuristic tech relegated to sci-fi flicks to something so common, it’s not a surprise to multiple people sporting them on your daily commute. These wrist-sized computers can’t do quite as...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Dec 20, 2019. 9 comments

This Casio Smartwatch Perfectly Illustrates the Struggles of Wear OS

This Casio Smartwatch Perfectly Illustrates the Struggles of Wear OS

The history of Wear OS watches is long, and mostly disappointing. Over the years, Qualcomm’s less-than-snappy Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip bore a decent chunk of the blame. The

arrival of the 3100 was supposed to offset that, and it’s better sure—but not by a degree that offsets years of stunted development. Knowing all this, I wasn’t expecting much when mulling around a showcase of Casio...

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Dec 06, 2019. 3 comments

Patent Hints the Apple Watch May Track Parkinson's Disease Someday

Patent Hints the Apple Watch May Track Parkinson's Disease Someday

It’s no secret Apple’s got designs on the Apple Watch being some sort of medical device. It introduced ECG capability on the Series 4, which was also FDA cleared, and then with the Series 5, Apple announced it was launching a series of medical studies for hearing, reproductive health, and mobility and heart health. Now, a newly released patent also hints that Apple might be looking to expand...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 30, 2019. 16 comments

What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit

What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit

Since

Google bought Fitbit , people seem to have fallen into one of two categories: Those who don’t care at all about the privacy implications, and those very much do. For the latter, it means this holiday season is a good chance to jump on sales and buy a replacement smartwatch or tracker. But which one?

While Gizmodo does have a pretty great

buying guide (curated by yours truly), it...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 14, 2019. 19 comments

Fossil's New Smartwatch Is Just the Thing Pebble Fans Have Been Waiting For

Fossil's New Smartwatch Is Just the Thing Pebble Fans Have Been Waiting For

It’s a truth universally known to smartwatch reviewers that inevitably, a Pebble fan will eulogize their faithful but dying smartwatch in your inbox, comments, and DMs. Nevermind that Pebble

bit the dust years ago . These loyal diehards are genuinely, rightfully bereft, holding on to aging devices because the other options right now are either too fancy, too expensive, or too fitness-focused....

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 09, 2019. 11 comments

Apple, Please Don't Cram Stuff Into the Apple Watch Band

Apple, Please Don't Cram Stuff Into the Apple Watch Band

If patents are to be believed, Apple is potentially mulling moving wireless antennas into the bands of future Apple Watches. The idea is, doing so would free up space in the watch case for other components. This sounds great on paper, and while of course I’d love to see a bigger battery in the Apple Watch, I’m begging you, Apple—please, don’t do it.

The patent in question was originally filed...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 08, 2019. 14 comments

This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch May Never Die, but It Sure Made Me Want To

This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch May Never Die, but It Sure Made Me Want To

There are two camps when it comes to smartwatch battery life: Those who don’t care at all (Apple Watch stans) and those who care a whole friggin’ lot. For the latter, Matrix Industries’ PowerWatch Series 2 seems like a dream. Powered by both body heat and solar energy, it’s the fitness smartwatch that never runs out of battery so long as you keep wearing it.

The idea of never charging your...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 06, 2019. 5 comments

Fossil Dips Back Into Hybrids With a Feature Filled Watch I Might Wear

Fossil Dips Back Into Hybrids With a Feature Filled Watch I Might Wear

In the world of smartwatches, Fossil is best known for being Google’s main partner for Wear OS watches. Today, it’s taking a step out from Google’s shadow with a new hybrid analog watch, the Hybrid HR. And, as the name suggests, the Hybrid HR adds integrated heart rate monitoring, plus a hybrid display that smartwatch fans can actually appreciate.

Hybrid smartwatches are for the folks who...

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