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Google’s Planned Updates for Wear OS Are Underwhelming

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Google’s smartwatch platform, Wear OS, doesn’t get as much love—or regular updates—as its rivals, but today we got a nice surprise: Google detailed some new updates coming to the platform this fall.

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That said, don’t crack open the champagne just yet. Most of these updates are of the small, maintenance-focused variety. In the Android Developers Blog, Google’s Karen Ng, director of product, and product manager Robert Simpson wrote that the company is “focusing on fundamentals.” The next over-the-air update will purportedly improve performance by “making it faster to access your info and start your apps.” It will also supposedly streamline the pairing process, and add “more intuitive controls” for watch modes and workouts. Nothing too flashy.

Google also highlighted a built-in handwashing timer and reminder given the global pandemic, but this was rolled out a few months ago. Perhaps visually, the most striking change is Google is adding a new weather screen that’s easier to read at a glance and gives hourly updates.

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Overall, the whole thing doesn’t look like enough to catch Wear OS up to Apple’s watchOS 7 upgrade coming this fall, or even Tizen OS, Samsung’s proprietary operating system for its smartwatches. The handwashing timer, for instance, is fairly basic and doesn’t feature the same ability to automatically activate via sounds like the Apple Watch will once watchOS 7 hits.

It’s likely that these updates are fueled in part by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ platform, which the company announced a few weeks ago. With the new chips, you should start seeing some Wear OS watches with LTE connectivity. There were a few attempts at cellular Wear OS (then Android Wear) watches in the past, but none were particularly successful. The LG Watch Sport, for instance, was a clunky nightmare.

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That said, improvements to app loading times would be extremely welcome on Wear OS. Given that the 4100 chip finally moves from 28nm to 12nm process technology, forthcoming Wear OS watches should be exponentially snappier. And while the shift from Android Wear to Wear OS also came with a much, much better interface, it’s still not uniformly easy to launch Google Fit workouts from your main watch face, compared to the Apple Watch and Samsung’s various smartwatches. That’s in part due to the fact that Wear OS isn’t beholden to a single manufacturer. For instance, it’s way easier to launch a workout on a Suunto 7, which promotes using the Suunto app over Google Fit, than it is on one of Fossil’s several Wear OS watches.

But the Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ platforms weren’t announced that long ago. While we’ll have to wait and see how companies take advantage of the new chipsets, it’s at least nice that Google hasn’t completely forgotten that Wear OS exists. As for when we might see meatier updates, who can say? Google has definitely signaled a renewed interest in wearables, given its acquisition of $40 million in Fossil tech and its pending purchase of Fitbit. Google executives have also paid a fair amount of lip service to “ambient computing,” which would likely include wearables in some shape or form. All this would seem to indicate that Google has something cooking in the wearables space…just don’t hold your breath for a Pixel Watch anytime soon.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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