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    Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 adds battery life, screen strength, and temperature sensor / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 10 August - 15:31

The Galaxy Watch 5 has a notably flat-front screen, so it's good Samsung has upgraded the display to sapphire crystal.

Enlarge / The Galaxy Watch 5 has a notably flat-front screen, so it's good Samsung has upgraded the display to sapphire crystal. (credit: Samsung)

Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro on Wednesday, giving its round, semi-rotating Wear OS watches new looks, a tougher screen material, and—for reasons the company can only vaguely explain—an infrared temperature sensor.

Neither the $280 Watch 5, available in 40 or 44 mm sizes, nor the 44 mm $450 Watch 5 Pro has a physically rotating bezel, a distinguishing Galaxy Watch feature that was limited in the last generation to the higher-end Watch 4 "Classic" (which is still available). Instead, both models have capacitive touch bezels, so you can run your finger around the edge to scroll.

Both Galaxy Watch 5 models look just like the official 3D rendering leaks scooped up by Evan Blass at 91Mobiles . Their displays have been upgraded to sapphire crystal, which should help bolster the Watch 5's flat-front display. Samsung says this material is "60 percent harder" than prior watch displays.

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    Qualcomm tease une nouvelle puce pour les montres connectées Wear OS / JournalDuGeek · Sunday, 17 July - 12:00


Les futures montres connectées sous Wear OS devraient intégrer un tout nouveau moteur de Qualcomm ! Le fondeur, qui équipe la majorité des smartwatchs du marché (en dehors de l'Apple Watch, bien sûr), a teasé un nouveau processeur.

Qualcomm tease une nouvelle puce pour les montres connectées Wear OS

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    Montblanc dévoile une nouvelle montre connectée Summit 3 sous Wear OS 3.0 / JournalDuGeek · Sunday, 26 June - 09:00


Si Wear OS, anciennement Android Wear, n'a pas connu le même destin qu'Android dans le secteur des montres connectées, quelques constructeurs ont toujours fait confiance au système d'exploitation de Google. Montblanc est de ceux-là.

Montblanc dévoile une nouvelle montre connectée Summit 3 sous Wear OS 3.0

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    Samsung’s forgotten web browser now runs on the latest Galaxy smartwatches / ArsTechnica · Friday, 8 October, 2021 - 15:39 · 1 minute


Enlarge / Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. (credit: Samsung)

Everyone has a favorite Internet browser, right? Google Chrome and Safari are staples, Firefox is still kicking, and Microsoft Edge has somehow established itself as a beloved underdog . But when it comes to surfing the web on your smartwatch, options are understandably more limited. By bringing its own browser to its latest smartwatches, Samsung may make things simpler for smartwatch wearers while also reminding people of the browser’s existence.

As spotted by 9to5Google , the Samsung Internet Browser is now available on the Google Play Store for Samsung smartwatches using Wear OS, namely the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The browser is already available for the company's older Tizen-powered watches, such as the Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Samsung’s web surfer is also available on its phones and tablets. In fact, Samsung devices are often preloaded with the app, but since many also run Android, and thus come with Google Chrome, Samsung’s alternative frequently goes unused—or even unnoticed.

But the needs for watch-based web surfing are a bit different, and as detailed by 9to5Google, exploring the Internet on your wrist may be easier than you’d think with the Samsung Internet Browser. For example, you can swipe diagonally left or right to grab a webpage. Swiping up reveals handy features like bookmarking, zooming, or the ability to send a webpage to your phone. The search button on Samsung’s Internet Browser lets you access your favorite search engine, whether it's Google, DuckDuckGo, or Bing.

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    Fitbit announces Charge 5, teases future Google collaboration / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 13:00

Fitbit announces Charge 5, teases future Google collaboration

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The Fitbit Charge fitness tracker is the company’s best-selling product line, and the latest model, the Charge 5, was just announced. Up for preorder now , the Charge 5 adds ECG (electrocardiogram), EDA (electrodermal activity) stress sensors, an AMOLED display, and a stainless steel facelift for $50 more than its predecessor, the Charge 4 .

Fitbit says it will continue to sell the $130 Charge 4 until the end of the year, which positions it between the $100 Fitbit Inspire 2 and the new $180 Fitbit Charge 5. Inching ever closer to smartwatch territory, the new Charge will have most of the capabilities found on Fitbit’s current Versa and Sense smartwatches.

In a closed briefing, Fitbit also disclosed its intention to make smartwatches with Google’s Wear OS built-in. Perhaps this will be the primary distinction between the company’s increasingly capable Charge series and its smartwatch line going forward.

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    Wear OS is getting a multi-generational leap in power thanks to Samsung / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 10 August, 2021 - 17:09 · 1 minute


Enlarge / Samsung's 5 nm Exynos W920.

Tomorrow is Samsung's big event for the back half of 2021, and in addition to launching some foldable smartphones , the company is expected to reveal the Galaxy Watch 4 and the big Wear OS revamp it is working on with Google. Google is cooking up the first major Wear OS release since 2018, and Samsung is abandoning Tizen for smartwatches and going all-in on Wear OS with the Galaxy Watch 4. Last night, Samsung took the wraps off the main SoC for the Galaxy Watch 4, and compared to what Wear OS usually gets, Samsung is shipping a beast of an SoC.

The "Samsung Exynos W920" will be a multi-generational leap in performance for Wear OS. Samsung says this is a 5 nm chip with two ARM Cortex A55 cores and an ARM Mali-G68 GPU. For the always-on display mode, there's an additional Cortex M55 CPU, which can keep the watch face ticking along while using minimal power. There's also an integrated LTE modem for on-the-go connectivity.

Compared to Samsung's previous smartwatch chip, the Tizen-only Exynos 9110 (10 nm, 2x Cortex A53), the company is promising "around 20 percent" better CPU performance and "ten times better graphics performance." Remember that the Exynos 9110 is from 2018 , so those comparative numbers are inflated, but at 5 nm, this is a more modern chip than Wear OS has ever seen.

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