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The $100 Moto Watch 100 is an affordable wearable with 2 weeks of battery life (but no 3rd-party apps)

Motorola was one of the first companies to launch a smartwatch powered by Google’s software for wearables. But the Moto 360 was released seven years ago, and a lot has happened since then. Apple entered and then began to dominate the smartwatch market. Motorola was acquired, sold, and divided up. And so the new Moto Watch […]

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Meta (formerly Facebook) may be making a smartwatch with a front-facing camera

Smartwatches have been a thing for nearly a decade at this point, letting users view notifications, control media playback, and occasionally even make phone calls Dick Tracy-style from their wrist. But one thing that hasn’t really taken off, despite the occasional attempt from one watch maker or another? Smartwatches with cameras. Now it looks like […]

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Samsung Exynos W920 is a 5nm chip for smartwatches

Most smartwatches running Google’s Wear OS software that have shipped in recent years have been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear processors. But the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 that’s set to launch this week? It’ll be using Samsung’s brand new Exynos W920 processor instead. Samsung says the new chip offers up to 20% faster CPU performance than […]

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The $27 PineTime smartwatch runs open-source software and now it’s ready for non-developers

The PineTime is an inexpensive smartwatch designed to run open-source software and serve as a wearable companion to Linux smartphones (like the PinePhone), among other things. First introduced a few years ago, PineTime development kits began shipping in 2020 and coders began writing software for the platform. Now Pine64 is taking orders for a version of […]

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Lilbits: Samsung’s One UI comes to Wear OS watches, Xbox Cloud Gaming comes to Windows 10 and iOS (via the web)

Last month Samsung and Google announced plans to merge their smartwatch platforms into a single, unified platform bringing the best of Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen. Now Samsung is giving us an idea of what next-gen Galaxy smartwatches running the new software will look like. Among other things, Samsung is promising updates to the […]

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Lilbits: Leaks point to Surface Duo 2, Facebook watch, and a SiFive acquisition (maybe)

Chip designer SiFive is one of the leading companies producing processors based on the RISC-V instruction set, an open standard that’s designed as an alternative to proprietary chip architectures like x86 and ARM. But a new report suggests that several companies including Intel have expressed interest in buying and/or investing in the company, although nothing […]

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InfiniTime 1.0 open source firmware released for the $25 PineTime smartwatch

The PineTime is an inexpensive smartwatch designed to run free and open source software. And when I say inexpensive, I mean it sells for $25, or roughly one eighth the price of the cheapest Apple Watch. First announced in 2019, the Pine64 began shipping the PineTime to early adopters in 2020, but at the time it […]

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Lilbits: More Android 12 details emerge, that 7-screen laptop is even pricier than you thought, and Samsung’s next watch could run Android

Google released the first Android 12 Developer Preview this week but, as usual, the company only really focused on the new features and behavior changes that would affect developers. But the folks at xda-developers, Android Police, 9to5Google, Droid Life, Ars Technica, and other blogs have been poking and prodding Android 12 Developer Preview 1 to […]

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$50 Watchy hackable e-paper smartwatch goes on sale

Modern smartwatches can sell for hundreds of dollars and run proprietary software or for as little as $25 while running open source code. Watchy is closer to that latter category. It’s a smartwatch with a paper-like monochrome display and open source hardware and software. With a list price of $50, it’s an affordable option for […]

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You can flash firmware on this PineTime smartwatch in Singapore over the internet

The PineTime is an inexpensive smartwatch designed to run open source software. Introduced last year, the PineTime isn’t ready for the general public yet, but developers can purchase a dev kit for $25. Don’t want to spend the money, but want to tinker? One user in Singapore has set up a system that lets you […]

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Fitbit launches two new smartwatches with Google Assistant (but without Wear OS)

It’s been nearly a year since Google announced it was acquiring Fitbit, but today the company is introducing a new set of wearables… and none of them run Google’s Wear OS smartwatch operating system. But that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t influenced the new devices. The new Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 smartwatches both run a version of […]

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Nubia Watch with a flexible OLED display hits Kickstarter for $179 and up

Most smartwatches have screens that are circles or rectangles. The Nubia Watch has… something else. This unusual smartwatch has a 4 inch flexible AMOLED touchscreen display that curves over your wrist, allowing you to see more data at once, while also using the extra space for scrolling and other touch controls. It’s available for pre-order […]