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Google only teased the Pixel Watch this week at its I/O keynote. While more details will follow in the months to come, one thing this watch will need is a good chip to set Wear OS 3 on the right path. Earlier this week, Google confirmed what we’ve suspected for a long time: the Google Pixel Watch is coming later this fall. And while we learned some details, the reveal was more of a teaser than a full-blown announcement. Some of that was to be

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With its Pixel Watch and tablet, Google is getting serious about its own ecosystem

Google has long operated a software ecosystem around its Android phones. But, with its Pixel Watch and tablet, it’s expanding this to cover hardware as well to try and build a real ecosystem of its own. This year’s Google I/O keynote was filled with hardware announcements, which is unusual considering it’s typically a software and services-focused affair. Of these, the most exciting was the news that Google plans to return to the Android tablet

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Here’s why Google highlighting KakaoTalk on Wear OS 3 matters

At Google I/O, the company highlighted KakaoTalk as one of the apps now available on Wear OS 3. It might seem odd to mention a relatively unknown messaging app in the US, but it’s a major win for Google’s wearable partner, Samsung. During yesterday's Google I/O keynote, there was a moment that stood out to me that may have been lost on a lot of folks. While giving examples of new apps featured on Wear OS 3, Google took the time to call out KakaoTalk. I won’t lie. I stood up,

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Samsung says Google Assistant will arrive on Galaxy Watch 4 this summer

Alongside Google I/O, Samsung now says that Google Assistant is coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup this summer. After almost a year of waiting, we finally know when Google Assistant will arrive on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 lineup. Kind of. In a blog, Samsung executive vice president Patrick Chomet announced the long-awaited feature will arrive this summer.

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Google’s biggest announcements at I/O 2022

At its I/O event on Wednesday, Google showed off the Pixel 6A, a Pixel Watch, a new set of earbuds, and threw in brief teasers for the upcoming Pixel 7, and a tablet it will release next year. Google has wrapped up its two-hour-long I/O keynote, which was absolutely packed with news. We heard about AI, Android, and, of course, a plethora of Pixel hardware. Here are the biggest announcements we saw on Wednesday.

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Google finally announces the Pixel Watch

After false starts, rumors, and leaked photos, Google officially announced the Pixel Watch — its first smartwatch — is arriving alongside the Pixel 7 later this fall. On top of a new Wear OS UI, the watch will also debut a new Fitbit integration. After weeks of rumors and leaked photos, Google finally confirmed that the Pixel Watch is real. Today’s announcement is more of a tease than a full reveal, however, with the watch arriving later this fall alongside the Pixel 7. Given that the

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What to expect from Google I/O 2022

Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is scheduled to take place this week, kicking off with an opening presentation on Wednesday, May 11th, at 1PM ET. Here’s what to expect. Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, is scheduled to take place this week, kicking off with an opening presentation on Wednesday, May 11th, at 1PM ET. Although the conference itself is pitched at helping developers get the most out of

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Adding physical buttons to Fitbit’s next-gen devices is a smart idea

After numerous complaints, a new leaked photo of the Fitbit Versa 4 indicates that the physical side button may return for its next-gen wearables — and that would be an excellent idea. To button, or not to button? When it comes to wearables, the answer is you should always opt for physical buttons. And while they’re abundant on smartwatches, fitness trackers tend to favor touchscreens and capacitive buttons. But it looks like

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How to track your menstrual cycles on a smartwatch

There’s no shortage of period tracking apps for your phone, but a few smartwatches and fitness trackers — the Apple Watch, Fitbits, Garmins, and Samsung Galaxy Watches — will also allow you to view your cycle and input data straight from your wrist. Although modern smartwatches and fitness trackers have been around for almost a decade, period tracking didn’t arrive until 2018. These integrations shared familiar features with your standard period-tracking app — but a big difference was that

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Tesla is ready to take your money for its Semi truck (just don’t ask when you’ll actually get one)

Tesla has opened up reservations for its long-promised all-electric Semi truck. Buyers can secure their own Tesla Semi with a deposit of $20,000, payable over 10 days. Five years after it was announced, Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Semi truck, scheduled to go into production in 2023. On the company’s website, you can make a reservation by paying $5,000 upfront, then $15,000 within 10

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Cake Ösa electric motorbike review: hungry for more

The Cake Ösa electric motorbike is positioned as a "multifaceted utility platform with off-road capabilities." To test that claim, I took an Ösa Flex model on a sunrise surf safari and then cooked breakfast off the Ösa’s battery, which also powered my workday on a remote stretch of beach. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — has an opinion about the Ösa electric two-wheeler from Swedish upstarts Cake. It invokes such a surge of emotion that dozens of strangers felt compelled to exclaim unsolicited critiques at me over the last

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