What does strapping this watch on your wrist do for your workouts?
When Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, the company positioned it as the sort of wearable that an active crowd could readily use to track their very active lifestyles. The Pro carries on from Samsung's prior Watch Active models which always emphasized exercise and fitness tracking, especially as the Watch 5 has access to more third-party fitness apps through Google Play than through Samsung's app store.
This fitness tracker has no business costing $300 in 2022
Fitbit’s more feature-rich fitness trackers are in a weird spot right now. With sporting Fitbit integration, the prospect of a high-end Fitbit wearable with more limited software is starting to feel a little dubious.
Hotwords should automatically work for you once again
The Google Pixel Buds Pro are the company’s third attempt at designing true-wireless earbuds, and a solid effort, at that. Unfortunately, it looks like some Pixel Buds Pro owners have recently had trouble activating Google Assistant using the “Hey, Google” hotword. The good news is that Google has now rectified the underlying issue with Voice Match and the Assistant language settings, so voice activation should work as intended with the Pixel Buds Pro.
Developers are seeing increased adoption of their Wear OS 3-optimized apps
Until August last year, it felt like Google had abandoned Wear OS as a platform. Samsung's Tizen-based smartwatches dominated the list of the best Android smartwatches, with Wear OS barely getting any updates and the app ecosystem all but dead. That changed with Google and Samsung teaming up to launch the Galaxy Watch 4 running Wear OS 3, which had the best bits of both Wear OS and Tizen. It was a fresh start for the platform, and this year, the launch of the Galaxy Watch 5 series and the Pixel Watch has further bolstered the platform. Google's efforts are now bearing fruits, with the company seeing 3x as many device activations this year.
Samsung's new smartwatches haven't made the Galaxy Watch 4 series obsolete, but which should you buy?
Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 and might be Samsung's newest top-of-the-line wearables, but the previous-gen Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are among the best Android smartwatches you can buy. If you're unconvinced by the newer, pricier watches Samsung is offering, you might be in the market for a Watch 4 or Watch 4 Classic — but you probably don't want to buy both. So how do you decide? Let's get into it.
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The Pixel Watch's price is too damn high
Years after the company launched software for smartwatches, the Google Pixel Watch is available to buy as the first self-made hardware running Google's Wear OS—long after other manufacturers are already offering great Android smartwatches. As beautiful as the Pixel Watch is as a fashion device and as a watch, it falls short in other areas that might be key to a successful wearable. One of those areas is the price. If you weren't lucky enough to live in an area where you could get the Pixel Watch as a free preorder bonus for your Google Pixel 7 Pro or Pixel 7, it costs you at least $350. That's a problem for Google, as it will have a hard time convincing anyone to buy an expensive watch that comes with compromises.
The watch is only a few months old, but the discounts are strong
It may still be October, but that hasn’t stopped Best Buy from introducing its Black Friday deals very, very early with its latest sale. Two of the highlights are a pair of the latest Samsung products, with both the new smartwatches that only launched in August this year getting considerable discounts. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 has dropped by $50 off the MSRP, while the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has dropped by $70.
Watch faces and tiles will be included in the backup
Google has been working on adding a backup functionality to Wear OS watches for a while, though it didn’t make it in time for the Google Pixel Watch. These backups will fix one of the biggest issues with the process of connecting any Wear OS watch out there to a new phone. Right now, you have to set up your watch from scratch whenever you re-pair it to another handset. With backups, this process could become more seamless, allowing you to restore your watch in great parts when you get a new phone. A teardown reveals the latest progress Google is making in this area.
Get your brand new Pixel Watch paired with your phone
Google has finally released its highly anticipated . The Pixel Watch has several great features that land it on our list of the best Android smartwatches. To use the watch, you need to set it up and pair it with your phone. Here's what you need to know to get started with your Google Pixel Watch.
We're well on our way to getting custom ROMs for this watch
If you've been looking for a way to load custom ROMs to your $350 Pixel Watch for some god-forsaken reason, by all means, go ahead. Someone else has paved the way for you to do so and, trust us, it's pretty ugly.
If you're looking for your next Samsung Galaxy Watch4 band, here are the best options to spruce up your wrist
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a great-looking watch out of the box, but you're not stuck with the standard issued band that comes with it. In fact, buying a new watch strap is the perfect way to add your personal aesthetic to one of the best Android smartwatches on the market.
Keep your Pixel Watch ready to go at all times
Google's Smart Lock feature has allowed you to unlock your Chromebook with your phone for some time. With the release of the Google Pixel Watch, you can now use your smartwatch to unlock your Android phone. This feature lets you unlock your phone by having your watch nearby. We will show you how to activate this feature and what to do if it's not working.
Fitbit calorie estimations are appearing wildly inflated
With the Pixel Watch, Google is understandably leaning really hard into its Fitbit ownership, making that service a prominent part of the wearable and its health features. Fitbit instantly brings the smartwatch some valuable brand recognition, but it's also a name that carries with it certain expectations, occupying such a premium spot in the market. Unfortunately, it seems that the Pixel Watch isn't quite living up to Fitbit's reputation, and often reports wildly inflated caloric estimates.
The Halo View is a budget fitness tracker that feels lightweight and performs like it until you tap into the resources waiting in the Halo app
With the Halo View, it seems Amazon literally wanted to show you what its fitness tracking can do. Considering the company's previous tracker, the Halo Band — a device without a screen like the Fitbit-style View — it's likely that the goal here was a more traditional tracker with a more affordable price.
Tricky-to-repair internals give 'strong first-generation tech vibes'
Despite being the company's first wearable, the has great hardware. On the outside, it looks and feels like a premium piece of tech. Inside, less so. A teardown video from iFixit shows the device won't be easy to fix, especially if you damage the screen or the crown — so, basically, any of the parts you're likely to break in normal use.
You don't have to settle for just one band to outfit your Fitbit Charge 5 when there are so many others to choose from
While Fitbit also makes smartwatches, it gained its fame with some of the best fitness trackers, bet exemplified by the Fitbit Charge 5. It's nice to have a colorful screen and all, but the features and performance are what make it worth wearing daily. So, why not accessorize your Charge 5 for every situation?
You need to update your watch manually to the latest Wear OS release
Samsung's exclusivity over the Wear OS 3 platform ended a couple of months ago with the launch of the Montblanc Summit 3. But the $1,290 price tag means the watch is unlikely to find many takers. Fossil, which has an array of Wear OS smartwatches, recently announced its first Wear OS 3 wearable: the Fossil Gen 6 Wellness Edition. More importantly, the company confirmed that it would update its existing Gen 6 watches to Wear OS 3 starting October 17. With the OS now making its way to Fossil Gen 6 users, the company has provided more details and insights into the Wear OS 3 release for its smartwatches.
And dishes out some hot DVDs at Netflix
After barely a week to review the phones and watch, we're all Pixel-pooped out. But hey, we're still more than ready to deliver you what we're thinking about the Pixel 7, the Pixel 7 Pro, and the Pixel Watch — the stuff that actually didn't make it into our articles. All that plus some "breaking news" from Netflix (it was fresh on a Thursday) on this episode of the Android Police podcast!
That charging animation is lying to you
Charging the best Android smartwatches and the best fitness trackers on the market right now is a mess. Apart from their bundled charger, there's no guarantee you will get a consistent charging experience. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 series feature WPC-based wireless charging. That means you can use your Galaxy phone to charge your watch, but not most other Android phones, even if they do support reverse wireless charging through Qi. If you were hoping for the Google Pixel Watch to fare better in this department, prepare to be disappointed.