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Garmin quatix 7 pro smartwatch for marine users. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin quatix 7 Pro smartwatch arrives with new features for sailors and fishermen

Garmin has released the quatix 7 pro smartwatch designed for sailors and fishermen. Besides usual health tracking features, the quatix 7 pro adds unique features such as remote control over trolling motors when fishing to keep boa...
David Chien, 15 Nov 2023 22:15
Daily Summary, Rest Alerts and Stress Alerts are already available for the Vivoactive 5 (above). (Image source: Garmin).

New Garmin Fenix 7 and Forerunner 265 smartwatch features discovered

After recent Public Beta updates, new features were reported for the Garmin Fenix 7 and Forerunner 265 smartwatches that were not listed in the change logs. Three new items, Daily Summary, Stress Alerts, and Rest Alerts, have been...
Polly Allcock, 15 Nov 2023 14:37
The Ahotu calendar for endurance events is now accessible via Garmin Connect. (Image source: Ahotu)

Garmin Connect gets new Ahotu extensive live event database

Garmin smartwatch users can now search for live events via the Ahotu calendar in Garmin Connect. The database covers a wide variety of races, from 5ks to marathons in 187 countries. Once you have selected a race, you can use the G...
Polly Allcock, 15 Nov 2023 13:20
Garmin sells the Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition in a single 'Azure' colourway. (Image source: Garmin)

Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition: Garmin presents new 'eco-orientated' dive computer with recycled ocean-bound plastics

The Descent G1 Solar – Ocean Edition is the third entry in Garmin's Descent G1 series. Available exclusively with solar charging, the Ocean Edition is said to be Garmin's 'most sustainable multiuse watch ever'.
Alex Alderson, 14 Nov 2023 18:12
Garmin Health x Labfont offers a mental health research grant. (Image source: Garmin Health)

Garmin Health partners with Labfront to offer mental health research award worth US$1,750 in fitness trackers and software

Garmin Health, a division of smartwatch maker Garmin, has partnered with Labfront to offer an award worth US$1,750 to assist research into mental health. The goal of the hardware and software award is to accelerate data collection...
David Chien, 14 Nov 2023 15:06
A supposedly leaked image could show the Garmin Descent Mk3 dive computer. (Image source: Plongez)

Garmin Descent Mk3 watch-style dive computer appears in new image

A possibly leaked picture appears to show the Garmin Descent Mk3 series watch-style dive computer. Four models are shown, which could correspond to the rumored Descent Mk3, Descent Mk3i, Descent Mk3S and Descent Mk3Si. Expected fe...
Polly Allcock, 14 Nov 2023 00:55
Vivo has designed the Watch 3 in four finishes. (Image source: Vivo)

Vivo Watch 3: New smartwatch debuts in multiple styles with BlueOS and 16 days of battery life

Vivo has presented the Watch 3, an affordable smartwatch available in several finishes. The Vivo Watch 3 is also a showcase for BlueOS, a new OS that supports third-party apps and helps the smartwatch achieve up to 16 days of batt...
Alex Alderson, 13 Nov 2023 19:23
Nærwear has launched the STUND watch. (Image source: Nærwear on Indiegogo)

Nærwear launches display-less STUND watch on Indiegogo

Nærwear has unvieled the STUND watch, its take on timekeeping without hands or even a display. While KonMarie fans will immediately get this design, the lack of any visible time display will challenge wearers to understand the pas...
David Chien, 12 Nov 2023 12:40
Apple Watch: The watch is not only worn on the wrist (symbolic image, Luke Chesser)

Study: The Apple Watch is not only worn on the wrist and can also be worn in unusual places for unusual reasons

A new study proves the accuracy of the Apple Watch - even when it is worn in an unusual place. The study also shows that the watch can be used in rather unusual situations.
Silvio Werner, 11 Nov 2023 23:00
Amazfit: New update for several smartwatches with new functions

Amazfit: New update brings new functions to smartwatches

Amazfit has significantly expanded the range of features of the Cheetah series and added a function that is particularly relevant for runners. This is intended to allow users to optimally adjust their own speed or training plans.
Silvio Werner, 11 Nov 2023 08:33
Garmin fenix 7S now available on Amazon for just US$449.99 (Image source: Garmin)

Deal | Garmin fenix 7S gets slashed by US$250

While most major brands wait until November 24 to drop some of the best Black Friday deals they have to offer, Garmin has already pulled the trigger on the fenix 7S. It is currently available at US$449.99 on Amazon, offering a mas...
Abid Ahsan Shanto, 11 Nov 2023 07:31
The Pixel Watch 2 LTE is the only Pixel Watch SKU to receive this month's update so far. (Image source: Google)

Google Pixel November 2023 update published for just Pixel Watch 2 LTE

Google has started rolling its November 2023 update to the Pixel Watch 2. Inexplicably, this month's update is restricted to the Pixel Watch 2 LTE for now, with other models eligible for the time being.
Alex Alderson, 10 Nov 2023 19:35
The OnePlus Watch 2 looks hardly anything like its predecessor. (Image source: @OnLeaks & MySmartPrice)

OnePlus Watch 2 to launch with Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 and updated styling

According to reports, OnePlus is developing another smartwatch, having released two smartwatches so far. Reputedly, the company's next model will be the OnePlus Watch 2, which will directly succeed the now two-year-old OnePlus Wat...
Alex Alderson, 10 Nov 2023 18:54
Public Beta version 8.25 is now available for the Garmin Vivoactive 5 smartwatch. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin rolls out Public Beta 8.25 to the new Vivoactive 5 smartwatch

Garmin has announced the Public Beta update version 8.25 for the Vivoactive 5 smartwatch. The change log for the latest software has many similarities to the first update, version 8.23, with new enhanced icons. As with the previou...
Polly Allcock, 10 Nov 2023 12:34
The Garmin Public Beta software version 8.25 is broadly the same as the last update. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 3s smartwatches receive new Beta update 8.25

The Garmin Public Beta software version 8.25 is now available for the Venu 3 and Venu 3s smartwatches. The change log suggests that the update is broadly the same as its predecessor, v8.23, with an additional improvement to transl...
Polly Allcock, 10 Nov 2023 10:55
Beta Version 26.82 is now available on the Fenix 6 series with a few changes from its predecessor. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin brings improved device management to Fenix 6 series and other older smartwatches via new beta update

Beta Version 26.82 is now available to download for the Fenix 6 series, as well as across Enduro, Tactix Delta, Quatix 6 and Marq smartwatches. The new beta update brings a few changes to eligible smartwatches, including the optio...
Alex Alderson, 09 Nov 2023 17:34
Garmin continues to improve the Fenix 7 series at an almost weekly occurrence. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro gain more bug fixes courtesy of new update

Garmin has brought a new round of bug fixes to the Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro. Also available for the Epix 2, Enduro 2, MARQ Gen 2 and Quatix 7, Beta Version 15.71 is available to download now from smartwatches enrolled on Garmin's B...
Alex Alderson, 09 Nov 2023 17:31
The Watch GT 4 should now track sleep and menstrual cycles more accurately. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Huawei Watch GT 4: Smartwatch gains more improvements with latest HarmonyOS 4 update

Huawei has released HarmonyOS (C00M02) for the Watch GT 4. Available globally, the update introduces two changes of note, including another sleep tracking refinement.
Alex Alderson, 09 Nov 2023 00:47
The solar-enabled model variant of the Fenix 7X is back on sale for 30% off the official list price (Image: Garmin)

Deal | 30% discount brings Garmin Fenix 7X Solar smartwatch back to its lowest sale price yet

Roughly two weeks prior the long-awaited Black Friday of 2023, Garmin's high-end solar smartwatch has returned to its all-time low as a reputable online retailer sells the slate gray color variant of the popular Fenix 7X for US$23...
Enrico Frahn, 08 Nov 2023 23:02
Apple is finally fixing a number of iPhone and Apple Watch battery problems. (Image: Apple)

iOS 17.1.1 and watchOS 10.1.1: Apple remedies BMW bug on iPhone and battery issues on Apple Watch

Via the latest updates for the iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple is finally fixing a number of annoying bugs that have drastically affected battery life and made charging difficult in some cases, including in conjunction with the wire...
Hannes Brecher, 08 Nov 2023 04:55
The Garmin Epix Gen 2 can now be ordered for the record low price of US$519. (Image: Garmin)

Deal | Garmin Epix 2 now available for just US$519 on Amazon, including AMOLED display, 16-day battery life, 10 ATM and NFC

The Garmin Epix Gen 2 can already be ordered in advance of Black Friday at a record low price of US$519, a considerable 35% discount from the original price and at least $280 below the next competitive price. Hence, this is a rath...
Hannes Brecher, 07 Nov 2023 12:44
The battery life of the Apple Watch is currently a headache for many users. (Image: Sayan Majhi)

Apple Watch users complain about extremely short battery life, update supposed to bring improvement

Numerous Apple Watch users have been complaining about a drastically shorter battery life since the update to watchOS 10.1. In some cases, the smartwatch's battery is drained after just a few hours and new problems with charging h...
Hannes Brecher, 06 Nov 2023 23:48
The Vivo Watch 3. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo Watch 3 preview confirms Pixel-esque build and new OS

Vivo has revealed that its upcoming third-gen Watch will have a lot in common with the Pixel Watch 2 ahead of its launch. Those similarities are mostly appearance and hardware-based, although its software will not be WearOS-based....
Deirdre O'Donnell, 06 Nov 2023 21:21
The Vivo Watch 3 has a slim profile with a digital crown. (Image source: Vivo)

Vivo Watch 3 to launch alongside Vivo X100 and Vivo X100 Pro

Vivo has confirmed the launch date of its next smartwatch, as well as its flagship X100 and X100 Pro smartphones. The company has also revealed what the Vivo Watch 3 looks like, which it will sell in two stylish finishes.
Alex Alderson, 03 Nov 2023 16:34
The Garmin Vivoactive 5 smartwatch has received its first Public Beta update, version 8.23. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Vivoactive 5 smartwatch receives first Beta update with new features

The Garmin Vivoactive 5 smartwatch has received its first Public Beta Update, version 8.23. The new software brings several features to the wearables relating to activity tracking and sleep insights. Garmin notes that the update s...
Polly Allcock, 03 Nov 2023 16:21
Leaks suggest a new Garmin watch-style dive computer is on the way. (Image source: Garmin)

New leak about Garmin Descent Mk3i watch-style dive computer appears

Fresh rumors have started about the Garmin Descent Mk3i following the leak of an image supposedly showing an event preview. The new wearable series would be a watch-style dive computer, with alleged features including a flashlight...
Polly Allcock, 03 Nov 2023 16:16
The Huawei Watch 4 Pro launched earlier this year running HarmonyOS 3. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Huawei pushes major changes to Watch 4 Pro with HarmonyOS 4 upgrade

The Huawei Watch 4 Pro has started receiving its first major software update. The Watch 4 Pro is now eligible to download HarmonyOS 4 globally, which has already arrived for the cheaper Watch GT 4.
Alex Alderson, 03 Nov 2023 16:04
Beta Version 15.69 is available when you tap 'Check For Updates' within smartwatch settings. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin rolls out nearly a dozen improvements to Fenix 7 series and other premium smartwatches with latest beta update

Garmin has released a new beta build for the Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro series. Also available across Epix 2, Enduro 2, Fenix 7, Fenix 7 Pro, MARQ Gen 2 and Quatix 7 series smartwatches, the update introduces over 10 changes, includi...
Alex Alderson, 03 Nov 2023 15:51
The Apple Watch is expected to be able to measure blood pressure as early as next year. (Image: Rohan)

Apple Watch 10 to measure blood pressure, blood sugar measurement was already planned for the first Apple Watch

Apple has big plans for the next-generation Apple Watch because according to an extremely reliable source, the smartwatch will get a blood pressure measurement feature as early as next year. The option to measure blood sugar, howe...
Hannes Brecher, 02 Nov 2023 00:01
The Forerunner 265 is receiving its first beta build in two months. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 265 latest updates introduce improved sleep insights and other new features

Garmin has released new updates for the Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 265. Both Release Candidate builds, the updates contain various improvements and bug fixes for the Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 265 ahead of a full public roll...
Alex Alderson, 01 Nov 2023 14:58
Garmin has announced  Public Beta v17.18 for the Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 (above) smartwatches. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 smartwatches receive new Public Beta v17.18 update

The Garmin Public Beta Version 17.18 update is now available for the Forerunner 955 and Forerunner 965 smartwatches. The new software brings improvements for Body Battery, sleep insights and smart notifications. Plus, a Red Shift ...
Polly Allcock, 01 Nov 2023 14:10
Garmin has released Public Beta 8.23 for the Venu 3 and Venu 3s smartwatches. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin skin temperature tracking arrives for Venu 3 and Venu 3s smartwatches

The Garmin Venu 3 and Venu 3s smartwatches now have a skin temperature monitoring feature, designed for use with sleep tracking. The new tool arrives as part of a broader Public Beta update, version 8.23, which also brings new fea...
Polly Allcock, 31 Oct 2023 11:27
The Xiaomi MiTu Children’s Phone Watch U1 Pro supports 4G. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches new U1 Pro smartwatch for kids with video calling and GPS

The Xiaomi MiTu Children’s Phone Watch U1 Pro has been revealed in China. The gadget supports 4G, allowing you to make video and voice calls with family or friends. Other features include GPS tracking for parents, contactless paym...
Polly Allcock, 30 Oct 2023 16:57
Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic in review

Samsung Galaxy Watch6 Classic 43 mm LTE smartwatch in review - The return of a classic

Stainless steel. Along with the Galaxy Watch6, Samsung brings back the Classic model with a rotating bezel, the Galaxy Watch6 Classic. It features a stainless steel casing and is larger. The siblings are quite similar beneath the surface. This year's gadgets are distinguished mostly by their screens.
Samsung Exynos W930 | 1.30" | 77 g
Benedikt Winkel, 30 Oct 2023 11:48
The Garmin Venu 3 may also be able to measure skin temperature in the future

Garmin: Several smartwatches, including Fenix, Epix and Venu 3, may get skin temperature measurement function via software update

Several Garmin smartwatches may get a new functionality within the scope of a software update. Accordingly, the hardware requirements are unlikely to be an issue.
Silvio Werner, 30 Oct 2023 01:39
Rogbid is launching a new smartwatch, the Rowatch 5. (Image: Rogbid)

New Rogbid Rowatch 5 smartwatch measures blood pressure as well as blood sugar and launches with massive discount

Rogbid has launched a new smartwatch, the Rowatch 5, which is on sale at a low price thanks to a massive discount and, according to the manufacturer, can even measure blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Marcus Schwarten, 30 Oct 2023 01:21
Beta Version 26.81 is available to download now. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin updates older smartwatches with new Ski activity feature

Garmin has released Beta Version 26.81 for the Fenix 6 series and its counterparts. Rolling out now as a side-load-only build, the update is the latest that aims to improve Garmin's Auto Run feature in Sky and Snowboard activities...
Alex Alderson, 29 Oct 2023 01:24
The Instinct 2X is one of several smartwatches eligible for Beta Version 14.09. (Image source: Garmin)

New update for various Garmin smartwatches released focusing on bug fixes

Garmin has released yet another update for the Instinct 2, Instinct 2S, Instinct 2X and Instinct Crossover. Rolling out as Beta Version 14.09, the update focuses on bug fixes that were present in Beta Version 14.05.
Alex Alderson, 29 Oct 2023 01:01
The iPhone gets a diary app from Apple for the first time in iOS 17.2. (Image: Victor Carvalho / Apple, edited)

Apple iOS 17.2 releases updates for unpacked iPhones and Journal app, watchOS 10.1 reportedly shortens battery life

Apple has released the first beta version of iOS 17.2, confirming that the update will introduce the long-awaited Journal app, expand the functionality of the iPhone 15 Pro's Action button, and allow Apple to roll out iOS updates ...
Hannes Brecher, 27 Oct 2023 23:38
The Watch Ultra series is not currently on track for a third-generation model. (Image source: Apple)

Apple Watch Ultra 3 may not be ready in time for 2024 release

According to a new report from a renowned Apple analyst, there may not be a new Watch Ultra in development. For some reason, the company has elected against developing a Watch Ultra 3 for now, possibly because of production issues...
Alex Alderson, 26 Oct 2023 21:09
The Galaxy Watch6. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Samsung Galaxy Watch7 series tipped to debut with new 3nm Exynos chipset

Samsung's next generation of flagship smartwatches is now believed to be the first of their line to debut with a 3 nanometer (nm) processor, made using the OEM itself using its latest techniques. Should that be the case, it would ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 26 Oct 2023 18:33
Xiaomi claims that the Watch H1 can precisely measure a wearer's blood pressure and skin temperature. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Watch H1 debuts as medical grade smartwatch that can take ECGs and measure blood pressure levels

Xiaomi has unveiled the Watch H1, its first smartwatch that can serve as a wrist-based blood pressure monitor. Arguably a competitor to the Huawei Watch D, the Xiaomi Watch H1 can also take ECGs, measure skin temperature and function as a regular smartwatch.
Alex Alderson, 26 Oct 2023 17:26
The Xiaomi Watch S3 comes in multiple colours with interchangeable bezels. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Watch S3 presented as new innovative smartwatch in multiple styles

Xiaomi has now unveiled the Watch S3, shortly after the company released the Watch 2 Pro globally. While the Xiaomi Watch S3 looks like many other modern smartwatches, it has an innovative design element hidden in plain sight.
Alex Alderson, 26 Oct 2023 16:26
Garmin has brought over 40 changes to Fenix 7 smartwatches and their counterparts with their latest beta update. (Image source: Garmin)

Garmin Epix 2, Enduro 2, MARQ Gen 2, Quatix 7, Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro smartwatches receive 40 new features and bug fixes with latest 15.68 update

Garmin has rolled out a new beta update for various smartwatches, including the Fenix 7 and Fenix 7 Pro. Issued as Beta Version 15.68, the new update contains 40 changes from Garmin's last stable update, including 13 new features.
Alex Alderson, 26 Oct 2023 13:51
The most interesting new feature of the Apple Watch Series 9 has finally arrived. (Image: Apple)

Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 get innovative Double Tap feature with watchOS 10.1

watchOS 10.1 has arrived and brings a number of new features for all smartwatches, starting with the Apple Watch Series 4. The update also introduces the most interesting new feature of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ult...
Hannes Brecher, 26 Oct 2023 00:57
The new mysterious Redmi smartwatch will follow the launch of the Watch 3 (above). (Image source: Xiaomi)

New Redmi smartwatch appears in NRAA and EEC certifications

Certifications at bodies, including the NRAA and the EEC, have revealed a new Redmi smartwatch. Details of the Bluetooth wearable remain unclear, including an official launch date. The mysterious new model would follow the Redmi W...
Polly Allcock, 25 Oct 2023 15:40
The Xiaomi Wrist ECG and Blood Pressure Recorder has been teased on social media. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi teases new ECG and blood pressure tracking smartwatch

A new Xiaomi smartwatch, currently called the Wrist ECG and Blood Pressure Recorder, has been teased on social media. This is the first wearable of its kind from the company, with medical device certification in China. The watch’s...
Polly Allcock, 25 Oct 2023 13:52
Amazfit has launched the Active (above) and Active Edge smartwatches. (Image source: Amazfit)

Amazfit Active and Active Edge smartwatches now available

Amazfit has officially launched its Active and Active Edge smartwatches. The rectangular Active model is available globally, while the rugged Active Edge is currently only on sale in the US. The new wearables come in multiple colo...
Polly Allcock, 25 Oct 2023 12:32
The Garmin D2 Mach 1 Pro smartwatch has a built-in flashlight. (Image source: Garmin)

New Garmin D2 Mach 1 Pro smartwatch with built-in flashlight arrives

The Garmin D2 Mach 1 Pro smartwatch is now available in countries worldwide. The aviator wearable has a titanium bezel and a built-in flashlight with adjustable brightness. Other features include aviation weather, offline maps, a ...
Polly Allcock, 24 Oct 2023 16:19
Life gets easier when there is no extra weight to carry - but at what cost? (Image source: Notebookcheck - edited)

3 of the lightest smartwatches and fitness trackers Notebookcheck reviewed in 2023

CheckMag The Huawei Band 8, the Huawei Watch Fit SE and the Amazfit Band 7 are the lightest fitness trackers and smartwatches that we have tested over the course of the last 10 months. In this short piece, we briefly revisit their features...
Sergey Tarasov, 23 Oct 2023 20:23


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