[Update: Amazon too] Deal Alert: Fossil Q Gen 3 smartwatches are 30% off ($178+), Gen 2 watches 50% off ($137)

Fossil has been making smartwatches with Android Wear for a while now, under the ‘Fossil Q’ brand. The third generation of Q watches have been available for a few months, and now you can get any of them for 30% off from Fossil’s website, and a few second-gen watches are on sale too.

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[Update: Amazon too] Deal Alert: Fossil Q Gen 3 smartwatches are 30% off ($ 178+), Gen 2 watches 50% off ($ 137) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[Update: Amazon, too] Deal Alert: Get a Sony Xperia XZ Premium for $550 from Best Buy ($150 off)

Phone deals abound this weekend, so it’s no surprise to see Sony devices in the mix. Among the Xperia sales floating about (and those yet to come), Best Buy has the XZ Premium for $ 549.99, a nice $ 150 off the going price.

Released at the beginning of this year, this phone sports a 5.46″ “4K” display (4K only in certain situations), a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 19MP/13MP cameras, and a 3,230mAh battery.

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Nokia 8 gets Android 8.0 Oreo, update for Nokia 6 and 5 coming soon

One of the ways Nokia (or rather, HMD Global) is trying to differentiate itself is with quick Android updates. Android 8.0 Oreo, being the first major update since Nokia started releasing its phones, is the first major test of this claim. Now, about three months after it started rolling out to Google devices, the Nokia 8 is receiving its Oreo update.

The public Oreo beta test for the Nokia 8 started last month, and now the final version is rolling out to unlocked models.

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Nokia 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out

HMD Global started rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo beta update for the  Nokia 8 smartphone last month. As promised, it has started rolling out the final Android Oreo update for the phone today. The company already promised to offer Oreo update for all its Android smartphones. O k, here we goR eviewed your feedbackE verything is polishedO fficial update rolling out today! #AndroidOreo … Continue reading “Nokia 8 Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out”
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Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack update includes improvements to workouts, widgets, and more

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch

One year after their launch, Samsung is beefing up its Gear S3 smartwatches with a major update.

The Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack update is now available. The update adds several improvements to the Gear S3 smartwatches, including for workouts, communications, and more.

The Value Pack update includes improved accuracy and detailed feedback on real-time heart rate monitoring as well as a nutrition management feature. With this, users can add calories consumed, check their calorie balance, and compare it to their daily target.

Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack update workout improvements

Samsung is also enabling Gear S3 users to create new contacts on their smartwatch with the Value Pack update. They can create events, too, which include information like date and time, reminder alerts, and location. There’s support for viewing and editing checklists as well as video and web reminders created on a synced smartphone here, too. This means that you can create a shopping list on your phone and then check items off on your watch as you go.

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Also included in this Value Pack update are widget improvements. Widgets are now optimized to fit the Gear S3’s circular display, including a band around their perimeter to show widget-specific info like contact names and detailed weather info. Users can rotate the bezel faster and slower to see more information on their screen, too.

Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack update widget improvements

Another bezel movement action will let you move from a text message notification to a reply input. There are additional quick replies for text messages as well as the ability to create a custom quick reply on the Gear S3.

Rounding out the Gear S3 Value Pack’s improvements are the ability to sort apps in the order they were most recently used, the ability to access the Moment Bar to check battery and volume levels with a swipe up or down from any screen, and an improved, image-focused UI for syncing your smartwatch to your smartphone.

Samsung says that the Gear S3 Value Pack update can be downloaded through the Samsung Gear app on your smartphone.

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