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Fossil Gen 5 watches launch with 1GB RAM, smart battery modes

Whereas the first days of Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) were populated with devices from the likes of Motorola, LG, and Huawei, today’s climate is much different. Now the space is largely occupied by more traditional watch manufacturers.Fossil is one of those brands which has been around for much of Wear OS and who continues to push out products. Today finds the watch maker introducing its Gen 5 wearable. As often is the case with Fossil, the Gen 5 offer up a premium design that builds on its predecessors.The Carlyle HR and Juliana HR are both 44mm watches that are 12mm thick with 1.28-inch OLED displays. Additionally, both have a stainless steel body, rotating power button, and are compatible with 22mm bands. Multiple colorways are available for both versions.Things get pretty interesting for the Fossil Gen 5 in both hardware and software. Indeed, the watch now have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 chipset and are paired with 1GB RAM. Both should go a long way to improve performance and further battery life. Oh, and there’s 8GB of storage for apps and media, or about twice what you’ll find in previous watches.The Fossil Gen 5 are outfitted with a speaker which can be used for Google Assistant responses and taking calls from the wrist. And, with Spotify preloaded on the watch, it can also be used for listening to music — for better or worse.Other hardware worth pointing out are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, a heart rate sensor, and wireless charging. According to Fossil, the Gen 5 can get up to 80% charge in one hour. The watch is also water resistant up to 30 meters so it works just fine in pools and showers.Fossil relies on some of the Snapdragon Wear 3100’s features to deliver four new battery saving modes including Extended, Daily, Custom, and Time-Only.Daily Mode works like any other Wear OS watch and delivers about 24 hours of battery life per charge. On the other end, the Extended Battery Mode promises “multiple days” on a single charge and doesn’t kill notifications or heart rate monitoring in the process.Fossil offers the Gen 5 in six color options, three of which fall under the Julianna HR and the other under the Carlyle HR. Think flashier and more stylish for the former and more muted and unassuming for the latter.The Fossil Gen 5 watches are available for $295 from Fossil’s website and will be sold through various retailers in the coming weeks.

Google ruined Wear OS

When Google decided to tackle the world of wearable devices, it began with Android Wear. Launched back in 2014, it would eventually become platform-agnostic and rebranded as Wear OS.It would not be much of an exaggeration to say that Wear OS has been stagnant over the last few years. Sure, there have been minor, incremental updates, but Wear OS has constantly lagged behind the competition.Over the last half decade Apple, FitBit, Garmin, and Samsung have gone on to find more success with consumers. The reasons vary for each, but it includes branding, prices, and features.Wrong since launchOne could argue that the main reasons Wear OS has fallen behind in features is due to the closed nature of the operating system. You see, when Google launched Android Wear, it made the decision to lock down the OS.Unlike what it did with Android, where manufacturers and carriers could make myriad changes to the experience, Android Wear OS was limited to strictly what Google did with it.Since manufacturers didn’t have the freedom to modify the software, they had to create products with one hand tied behind their back. And that pretty much continues to this day.Some device makers, such as Samsung, wouldn’t be held back by Android Wear/Wear OS. While it was offering wearables with Google’s platform, it was hedging its bets with a homegrown Tizen OS for smartwatches.Having full control over the hardware and software, Samsung was able to execute on a vision and produce one of the best watch options for Android users.Why fix what isn’t broken?Many of the great features we now enjoy as part of the default Android experience originated from phone makers tweaking software and hardware to make unique, compelling devices.Android was, and still is, freedom and permission innovate. Without it, features such as always-on displays, split-screen, quick switching between apps, picture-in-picture, and others might not have come around as soon, if ever.It’s not strictly software features that come with the openness but hardware as well. Fingerprint scanners and dual cameras received platform-level support because manufacturers had control over the software and hardware.At first, I was thrilled to hear that Google would maintain full control of Wear OS, because this meant products would get updates quicker and have longer support. No wonky software, or fragmented weird user experiences sounds great, right? As we now know, that’s what ruined it.The lack of collaboration and openness has left Wear OS devices in the dust, while others like Apple and Samsung continue to push forward.No Nexus or Pixel watchGoogle’s reluctance to release its own watch has also harmed the platform. It does a fantastic job of creating an experience that gives consumers a blend of hardware and software on the phone front.Since the Nexus One we’ve seen where Google thinks the phone space should be in terms of experience. Consumers get an annual reminder of what sort of innovation and technology belongs in the pockets of users.As to why it has never done this for wearables remains unclear.Time for a changeAs I write this, I sit here with a first-generation Huawei Watch. After nearly four years I have support for the latest Wear OS features like Tiles. You could argue that Google’s locked-down approach accomplished something.At the same time it has also left the platform lifeless. Timely updates and longer support are only worth it if the platform is worth using. As we’ve seen so far, things aren’t all that exciting on the watch front.Your thoughts?What would you do to address Wear OS? Is it salvageable or might it be better served by putting it out to pasture? Would a Pixel Watch pique your interest?Leave a comment below with your opinion on the state of Wear OS and where you think it will go.

Wear OS gets helpful “Tiles” widgets for improved user experience

Google, in its continual process to refine and enhance the Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), experience, has rolled out a new feature for its wearable platform.The latest change, Tiles, are glanceable widgets that can be swiped for information. Users can swipe to the left to pull up the tiles which can include details such as weather, calendar appointments, heart rate, news headlines, timer, and more.Whether you’re into headlines or heartbeats, you can tailor your watch to meet your needs. You’ll be able to stay connected to what’s important to you, and still keep tabs on other information and actions. We’ll continue to add more Tiles over time to help you stay connected to what matters most.Users can rearrange Tiles by tapping and holding; layout can also be adjusted via the Wear OS.The Tiles feature will be pushed out to Wear OS over the next month, according to Google. Worth noting is that not all Tiles details will be offered across all watches. Those without a heart rate monitor, of course, will not display any information.

Master Google’s Wear OS with these 16 essential tips and tricks

Google's Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) runs on loads of smartwatches now, but are you aware of everything it can do? These 16 tips and tricks will help you make the most of your smartwatch in a matter of minutes.The post Master Google’s Wear OS with these 16 essential tips and tricks appeared first on Digital Trends.

Nine tips to improve battery life on your smartwatch

Since the launch of smartwatches, one of the biggest complaints has been battery life. Some watches can last a day or two while others might be able to go several days on a charge. Regardless of whatever battery life you’re getting from your current watch, it could always be better.We’ve gathered up some tips on how to extend the battery life on your watch. By using one or several of these you can increase the time your watch stays on your wrist and off of the charger.ConnectivitySmartwatches stay connected several different ways including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular. For the most part they rely on the Bluetooth connection, as long as it is in range of your phone.One way you can save battery life is by disabling the connections you aren’t using or don’t need. For instance, if you have a cellular enabled watch but you don’t have a data plan for it, disable the cellular connection. In my case, I always have my phone near me so I disable the Wi-Fi connection to extend battery life on my watch.How to disable Wi-FiSwipe down the quick settingsTap the settings cogScroll and select ConnectivityTap on Wi-FiCheck if it is grayed out and if not toggle it offHow to disable cellularSwipe down the quick settingsTap the settings cogScroll and select ConnectivityTap on CellularToggle Cellular offDisplayThe display on your watch is one of the biggest battery hogs and you can greatly increase your battery life by adjusting the settings. Lowering the brightness is a great first step if you’re often indoors. The downside is that it will be harder to read outdoors in sunlight.If you don’t care for the always-on display, then disabling can result in a lot of extra battery life. Finally, try using a different watch face. Some watch faces can put a lot of strain on the battery life of your watch. In my experience, watch faces from the Play Store often offer better battery life over third-party apps such as WatchMaker or Facer.Lower brightnessSwipe down the quick settingsTap on the brightness toggle (sun icon) and adjust from thereDisable always on displaySwipe down the quick settingsTap the settings cogChoose DisplayScroll down and toggle Always-on screen offChange watch faceLong press on your current watch faceSwipe left or right and/or choose See more watch facesManage your apps and notificationsExcessive notifications or unnecessary apps can also be a drain on your battery life. The best way to manage these is by disabling notifications from these apps or uninstalling apps from your watch.Disabling notificationsOpen the Wear OS app on your phoneScroll down and choose NotificationsTap on Change watch notificationsNow toggle off any apps you don’t need notifications for on your watchUninstall appsSwipe down the quick settingsTap the settings cogChoose AppsSelect the app you no longer want and uninstallLast resortLet’s say you’ve done all of the above or you’re just in a situation where you won’t be able to charge for a while. In that case, you can give these options a try. Be forewarned, doing either of these will severely limit the capabilities of your watch.Turning on battery saver will disable or affect the following always-on display, vibration, location services, Wi-Fi and mobile data, watch SIM calls and SMS, and app updates. Turning on airplane mode will also disconnect your watch turning it into a dumb watch essentially.Turn on battery saverSwipe down the quick settingsTap on the battery iconTurn on airplane modeSwipe down the quick settingsTap on the airplane icon

Mobvoi TicWatch E2 review

Want a smartwatch that can track heart rate, has GPS, and interact with notifications — for cheap? Mobvoi’s Google Wear OS-based TicWatch E2 can do it all, for just $160.The post Mobvoi TicWatch E2 review appeared first on Digital Trends.

So just what exactly happened to last year’s CES prize winners?

What happened to the 14 prize-winning products we singled out as the coolest things we saw at last year's CES 2018? Join us as we take a look at what the past 12 months has meant for them.The post So just what exactly happened to last year’s CES prize winners? appeared first on Digital Trends.

So just what exactly happened to last year’s CES prize winners?

What happened to the 14 prize-winning products we singled out as the coolest things we saw at last year's CES 2018? Join us as we take a look at what the past 12 months has meant for them.The post So just what exactly happened to last year’s CES prize winners? appeared first on Digital Trends.

The five best Wear OS devices right now

There are a ton of different Wear OS watches out there, but which one's right for you? No matter what you're looking for from a smartwatch, here are the five best Wear OS watches out there.The post The five best Wear OS devices right now appeared first on Digital Trends.

As Wear OS ticks to a stop, Google needs to wind it back up

Google’s Wear OS should be competing with the Apple Watch, but instead it has been left to stagnate without useful new features, or even any attention at Google I/O. Wear OS can be saved, and there are companies out there trying to do it; but Google needs to understand it has a major part to […]The post As Wear OS ticks to a stop, Google needs to wind it back up appeared first on Digital Trends.

There’s a Wear OS alternative called AsteroidOS that you can install now

Starting to get a little tired of playing with the same software on your smartwatch? Turns out you have an open-source option, Linux-based smartwatch OS called AsteroidOS has just launched for a selection of watches.The post There’s a Wear OS alternative called AsteroidOS that you can install now appeared first on Digital Trends.

The only guide you need to get started with Google’s Wear OS

Got a new Wear OS smartwatch, but don't know how to set it up or use it properly? Here's how to add music, customize the watch face, block unwanted notifications, and carry out a host of other actions.The post The only guide you need to get started with Google’s Wear OS appeared first on Digital Trends.

10 of the most annoying Wear OS problems, and how to fix them

Running into issues with Google's Wear OS? Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of the more common Wear OS problems, along with some workarounds and potential solutions for solving them.The post 10 of the most annoying Wear OS problems, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.

Check out 25 of the best Wear OS apps for your smartwatch

Looking for some ways to spruce up that new Android smartwatch of yours? Here are the best Wear OS apps to download and use with any Android smartwatch, including a few specially enhanced for Wear OS 2.0.The post Check out 25 of the best Wear OS apps for your smartwatch appeared first on Digital Trends.

Hublot’s luxury Wear OS smartwatch will give soccer fans World Cup updates

Hublot has launched the first smartwatch running Wear OS -- and it's a $5,200 watch that will give you constant updates about the upcoming soccer World Cup in Russia. It will even be used by referees during the cup.The post Hublot’s luxury Wear OS smartwatch will give soccer fans World Cup updates appeared first on Digital Trends.

Change up your style to match the season with these spring-friendly watch straps

Looking to transform your smartwatch for spring? To help make it easier, we've rounded up a few options to transform your timepiece. Whether you're going for bright and airy or more neutral, there's a watch strap for every style.The post Change up your style to match the season with these spring-friendly watch straps appeared first on Digital Trends.

Android Wear Becomes ‘Wear OS by Google’ as 1 in 3 Android Wear Watches are Used by iPhone Owners

Google today announced that it's dropping the "Android" moniker from the name of its software designed for smart watches because

Evidence shows Google may change Android Wear name to Wear OS

Google may change the Android Wear name to Wear OS in the near future. Evidence of the change, along with a new logo, has been spotted inside beta versions of Google apps, but it's not know when the alteration will officially take place.The post Evidence shows Google may change Android Wear name to Wear OS appeared first on Digital Trends.

Skagen Falster review: the prettiest Android Wear watch comes with some caveats

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T-Mobile Tuesdays gives users three months of Google Stadia Pro

T-Mobile Tuesdays is a great app, and service for the carrier’s customers to get exciting offers and deals every Tuesday. This week’s deal will let you grab three months of Google Stadia Pro, giving access to the current library of games and for the months June, July, and August.If you are not aware of Google Stadia, it is a new way to play video games with the help of cloud computing and streaming. Similar to GeForce Now, you have access to a library of quality AAA games ranging from the Assassins Creed Games, Red Dead Redemption 2, and more.With cloud gaming, you don’t have to worry about downloading or installing. Just choose the game you want to play, or buy it, and you’re all set.You can play Google Stadia on any TV using the latest model of the Chromecast Ultra, but you’ll need a Stadia Controller (sold separately). You can also play on a computer that is able to run Google Chrome through Keybaord and Mouse or a compatible controller.Lastly, you can also play on your Android smartphone, but the current range of supported phones is very limited.You can play Stadia on a TV using Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia Controller, on a computer using Google Chrome with a supported gamepad or mouse and keyboard, or on a supported mobile device.If you’re curious about the benefit of Google Stadia Pro, here is what you get:Free games every monthThe ability to play games in 4K resolutionCurrently, you can get the following games for May:Destiny 2: The CollectionGridGyltSteamWorld Dig 2SteamWorld Quest: Hand of GilgamechOn June 16th, you can get:Get PackedLittle NightmaresPower Rangers: Battle for the GridSUPERHOTPanzer Dragoon RemakeThe Elder Scrolls OnlineTo take advantage of the three months of Google Stadia Pro, you just need to sign in to your T-Mobile Tuesday app where it will give you a code. You can redeem that code after you create a Google Stadia account.

Facebook let users hide and delete old posts

We all love sharing and posting stuff on Facebook. But, those of us who have been on the social media site for any length of time know that they’ve probably posted something they regret, or later find simply embarrassing. Facebook will soon let you get rid of those troubling posts with a few simple taps or clicks.Facebook helps sweep past mistakes under the rugIn the age of social media, even our old posts can come back to bite us. All it takes is one person to find a post from long ago to use against you. While you could take the time out to delete such posts manually, currently the process is very cumbersome.Facebook has plans to streamline the process and let you do it in bulk. Even adding in options of including search filters to help you make cleaning up posts much easier.HOW TO: Create a Legacy Contact for FacebookWhether you have an embarrassing picture from your teenage years, or perhaps said something troubling some time ago, you will be able to hide or delete those posts. Or maybe you just want to clean up things that you were tagged in that no longer represent you.Debuting exclusively on Facebook’s mobile app, and soon to desktop and Facebook Lite, users can Archive and/or Delete posts.Archiving posts means they’re added into your personal collection, and not deleted. These could be posts you don’t want others seeing, but bring back nostalgia or hold special memories for you. Archived posts are removed from your timeline and are put in a personal collection only accessible to you.Deleting posts works just the same. You can delete posts on your timeline. Initially you will get the option of deleting the post and waiting 30 days for it to get to permanently deleted. However, you can bypass this and delete the post immediately. Keep in mind that this will delete the post for good. It will not be possible to recover deleted posts, so think carefully.

This 21-inch HP monitor is yours for only $89.99

Despite the loosening restrictions and opening of various states, it looks like a lot of us will maintain a work-from-home routine for the foreseeable future. While this might lead to a few personal comforts, it can also expose problems.How good is your home computer monitor? It’s probably not as new or nice as the one you’ve been using at work. Maybe you’ve been using just one and are finding it’s time to add a second display to your home office setup.The refurbished HP 21kd 20.7″ LED Full-HD Monitor, on sale for just $89.99, is an inexpensive way to increase your productivity.The 20.7-inch monitor boasts full HD resolution and anti-glare properties and offers up a 6,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio along with a 5ms response time. That means it’s sharp, easy on the eye, and doesn’t have any blurring. Yeah, we know you watch Netflix instead of filing TPS reports.20.7″ widescreen display: Enjoy a better viewing experience than before1920×1080 resolution: Love the sharper, clearer graphics on the 1080p screen16.7 million colors at 60Hz: See your content w/ more vivid huesDVI & VGA inputs: Easily connect w/ other source devices such as desktops, laptops, and more-5° to 20° tilt range: Adjust the screen for more comfortable viewingVESA wall mounting holes: Ease your way w/ more installation optionBuy Yours!Pick up a certified refurbished HP 21kd 20.7″ LED Full-HD Monitor for just $89.99 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store today.The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Google enables bedtime tools for Android to help you sleep better

Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine. With the lockdown situation, there has been a rise in search queries related to “insomnia”, and “can’t sleep” for the months of April and May. To address this, Google has introduced a few bedtime tools to help achieve better sleep with the help of your phone.While we are all familiar with Digital Wellbeing, a feature introduced in Android 10, is now a dedicated app. And the app’s new “Bedtime mode” is more useful than ever.Google has introduced a few useful bedtime tools to help make sleeping and technology work together instead of against each other.A dark room, and quiet are essential to start the sleep cycle. Bedtime mode (formerly Wind Down) in Digital Wellbeing, your phone turns off visuals and audio to help you sleep. With the help of Do Not Disturb to turn off notifications for calls, texts, and other interruptions. The addition of Grayscale helps fade the colors on your phone to black and white and reduce the chance of you staying up.You can now schedule Bedtime mode, and even have it trigger automatically, or as soon as you plug your phone in for charge. Bedtime mode can also be added to your phones Quick Settings and is easier to reach than before. If you want to stay up a little longer, you can pause Bedtime mode and not interrupt the schedule in the app.Adding Clock into the sleep cycleSleeping and waking up at a fixed  time (even on off days) helps your body set a steady circadian rhythm, and significantly boost the quality of your sleep. If you use Google’s Clock app, there is now the addition of a Bedtime tab. You can set your daily sleep and wake times here and make the first step to a steady sleep schedule.Setting a sleep schedule and adjusting to bedtime habits with the help of Clock. It’s best to establish a wake-up time first in the Clock app and using that to decide the right bedtime schedule. Clock now lets you see your calendar for tomorrow and tell you how many hours of sleep you’ll get, letting you adjust your bedtime if needed.To help with sleep, you’ll now receive a reminder before your bedtime and get the option to play sounds from a complementary app like Spotify, YouTube Music, Calm, etc. If you combine Clock and Digital Wellbeing, you can limit interruptions when in sleep. If you do feel restless and use your phone past bedtime, you’ll be able to see how long and which apps you used in that period.The Sunrise Alarm & YouInstead of the traditional loud alarms, a gentler alarm tone helps wake you up more calmly. Using the Sunrise Alarm, you get a visual cue 15 minutes prior to your intended alarm. The tone can also be customized to a song you enjoy or any sound you prefer.YouTube and Bedtime Tools – Reducing binge watching before bedExclusive to Pixel devices, and coming to other Android devices later in the summer, you can set a bedtime reminder while using YouTube. If you indulge in watching videos close to your bedtime, YouTube will now pause to push notifications alerting you about your bedtime. You can choose to extend your bedtime but this will be logged in your Bedtime Mode.Bedtime Tools and Family LinkWith the combination of Bedtime and Family Link, you can manage your family’s screen time, in-app purchases, app downloads, and schedule bedtimes for their devices. Setting bedtime schedules and adjusting it from your app for everyone in the Family Link. Bedtime will lock the devices in the family device when bedtime comes, but the device can still be used to call if needed.With all these features in mind, Google has made it easier than ever for Android users and their families to achieve better sleep. The culmination of all the apps working together can help curb sleep problems and help families live healthier.