New indie project could lead to a bunch of Wear OS smartwatch competitors

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Soon, there could be a number of indie operating systems for your smartwatch, sprouting from an open-source code project launched last week. Indie developers making budget smartwatches can now use starting code from Project OpenWatch to craft their Android-based operating systems. The OpenWatch project is live as of last week. It was released by Blocks, the same company behind the forthcoming Blocks modular smartwatch.

Blocks’ head of engineering, Karl Taylor, said that the project is meant to “open up the smartwatch OS space to the open source community in a bid to loosen the stranglehold on the industry by other, essentially proprietary operating system.” He named Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) and Apple’s watchOS as the two…

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The Apple Watch Series 1 smartwatch is only $149 at Walmart today

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Time for an upgrade today.

Whether you want the 38mm Series 1 Apple Watch for $ 149 or the 42mm for $ 179, Walmart has the best price on the Apple Watch Series 1 anywhere right now. We’ve seen a couple retailers drop to similar lows before, but the deals have always been very short. If you missed them before, you should grab one while you can right now. The deal works on Silver and Space Gray in both sizes.

Series 1 is the oldest generation of the Apple Watch. The Series 3 is on sale today, too, thanks to Best Buy’s one-day Easter sale, but even then it’s still $ 299 for the 38mm version. This deal is a great entry-level model to lure you into the world of smartwatches. It features a battery life of up to 18 hours and comes with a magnetic charging cable.

Walmart also has a huge selection of compatible replacement bands for the watch, so you can go as fancy or as simple as you like.

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Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch keeps getting better

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Samsung has released a new software update for its Tizen-based Gear S2 smartwatch that offers new fitness features, new control options for the Gear VR and powerpoint presentations, and more detailed daily morning weather forecasts. The company says the updates will make the three-year-old smartwatch more convenient to use. The software update also features what Samsung describes as a cleaner user interface so content can be viewed more easily, though we always found the S2’s bezel-controller UI to be its best feature.

The update adds a new App Shortcuts widget to the Gear S2, which automatically places your recently used and favorite apps in one place. You can now swipe down from any screen to access a quick panel, which displays…

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Mondaine’s second smartwatch finally adds notifications

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When Mondaine released its first smartwatch (the Helvetica 1) in 2015, the features were… limited. It could track your activity, but it quickly fell behind other hybrid smartwatches, let alone high-end smartwatches from the likes of Apple or Samsu…
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Hublot introduces its first smartwatch with Wear OS

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Google rebranded its wearable OS last week, and now we see one of the first smartwatches to be announced with Wear OS.Hublot, in partnership with FIFA, named the device Big Bang Referee 2018 World Cup Russia and will produce only 2,018 units, including custom-made versions for each referee during the tournament. Hublot is a luxury watch brand, so you should expect nothing short of glamour in this device. It will be constructed of titanium and Kevlar inside the 13,9 mm thick body. The default watchface will be an analog watch, giving the impression it is a standard conventional…

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Hublot intros $5,200 Wear OS smartwatch that’ll be worn by World Cup referees

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Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Wear OS smartwatch

Another luxury watch brand is getting into the smartwatch game.

Hublot has announced a new, limited edition smartwatch powered by Google’s Wear OS platform. The Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is a new smartwatch that’ll be worn by FIFA referees during this year’s World Cup in Russia. Hublot says that it was asked by FIFA to craft “the perfect watch” for its referees, and this is what the company came up with.

The Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia features a 49mm case made of titanium. It’s got a 400×400 AMOLED display along with an accelerometer, gyroscope, microphone, haptic motor, and GPS, and its battery is rated to last “around 1 day” on a single charge. It’s also water resistant up to 50 meters.

On the software side, Hublot has added some special World Cup-specific features for soccer/football fans. There are special dials with the colors of the nations competing in the World Cup, and the watch can send you a notification 15 minutes before a new match starts. It’ll also alert you to yellow and red cards, and player changes. And when a goal is scored, the word “GOAL” will appear instantly. The dial can also show match stats when a game is being played.

Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Wear OS smartwatch official

As with other Wear OS smartwatches, Hublot’s model is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 and up as well as iOS 9 and up.

Hublot says that this watch will be limited to 2,018 units and will go on sale in Hublot stores around the world on March 1. Pricing will be set at 5,000 Swiss francs ($ 5,268 USD).

This isn’t the first luxury smartwatch we’ve seen, or even the most expensive smartwatch we’ve ever seen. It is notable because it’s another luxury smartwatch option for people interested in those devices, though, and while some of us can’t imagine dropping $ 5,200 on a smartwatch, there are luxury watch wearers out there that’ll be interested in this model. That’s especially true given its special World Cup ties and limited nature.

What do you think of the Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia? If money were no object, would you buy one?

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Fitbit Versa is a new $200 smartwatch, Fitbit Ace for kids also revealed

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Smartwatches don’t seem to have gained major traction with consumers quite yet, but some companies continue to release new hardware in hopes of catching the public’s interest. Today Fitbit did just that.

The Fitbit Versa is a new smartwatch with a focus on fitness, which shouldn’t come as a surprise with Fitbit’s history in wearable devices. The Versa boasts features like continuous heart rate tracking, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and more than 15 exercise modes. There are also on-screen personal workouts from the Fitbit Coach feature, support for using your smartphone’s GPS, and swim tracking with water resistance up to 50 meters.

The Versa can also help you with other aspects of your life. Move reminders will help you to stay active throughout your day and the Guided Breathing Session will give you moments throughout the day to relax and focus on your breathing. Fitbit is also launching its new female health tracking with the Versa, which lets you log periods, track your cycle, and gauge ovulation.

Fitbit Versa on wrist

Fitbit has also baked some more smartwatch-y features into the Versa. There are notifications for calls, calendar alerts, texts, and apps, and quick replies to messages for Android are coming soon. You can download your music onto the Versa or sync Pandora stations, and you can use Fitbit Pay to make payments with your watch (only in special edition). There are also apps from companies like Starbucks, AccuWeather, Yelp, Nest, and Flipboard.

When it comes to hardware features, the Fitbit Versa has a color touchscreen, optical heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, vibration motor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a battery that’s rate to last 4 days.

The Fitbit Versa is compatible with devices running Android 4.3 or higher, Windows 10 devices, iPhone 4S and later, and iPad (3rd gen.) and later.

Fitbit is now taking pre-orders for the Versa ahead of its April launch. Pricing starts at $ 199.95 for a black, gray, or rose gold aluminum case. The Fitbit Versa Special Edition will include Fitbit Pay and will be priced at $ 229.95.

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Fitbit today also introduced the Fitbit Ace, a wearable for children. The Ace has activity and sleep tracking, reminders to move, and motivations to help kids be active at least 60 minutes per day. The band is adjustable and the whole device is showerproof to help protect it from splashes and spills. Fitbit says the Ace’s battery will last up to 5 days on a single charge.

The Fitbit Ace is now available for pre-order at a price of $ 99.95. It’ll ship in late May.

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Fitbit Highlights Versatility in New $200 Smartwatch

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Fitbit on Tuesday added a new smartwatch to its wearables line with a pricetag of $ 199.95. The Fitbit Versa, which will reach global retail outlets in next month, will be the lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S. market. It includes a new dashboard that simplifies the way health and fitness data is accessed on the device. Versa mixes health and fitness programs, such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts and automatic sleep-stage tracking, with smart features like quick replies on Android and on-device music.
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Fitbit Versa Fitness Smartwatch announced in India for Rs. 19999

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After the leak, Fitbit has officially introduced Versa, its latest Fitness smartwatch with a  modern, intuitive design. It is one of the lightest metal smartwatches and comes with a new dashboard with easy access to health and fitness data with Fitbit OS 2.0. It has 24/7 heart rate tracking, onscreen workouts, and automatic sleep stages tracking and also offers wallet-free payments on Fitbit Versa Special Edition. It promises 4+ days battery life. Fitbit OS 2.0 offers Stats at a glance: See your daily and weekly health and fitness stats, historical activity, heart rate, and exercise summaries, action-oriented motivational messages, tips and tricks, and daily guidance – all on your wrist. More personalized over time: Reminders, celebrations, logging, insights, sleep summaries and social challenges, with prompts to take actions based on your data, coming later in 2018. It has also announced new female health tracking to help women track their menstrual cycle, view holistic health data in one place. It will be available for Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic, and to Fitbit app users starting in Spring 2018. Fitbit Versa features and specifications 1.34-inch Touchscreen Color LCD display with up to 1,000 nits brightness Supports iPhone (4S and later) and Android (4.3 and later) Water resistant to 50 …
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