Welcome to And finally, your weekly round-up of wearables news, plus a dose of some of the stories you may have missed.
And there has been plenty going on this week. We heard a report that Google cancelled a Pixel Watch back in 2016, reveal what Google bought from Fossil for $40 million (more on that below) while the Huawei Watch GT 2 finally gets official.
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We’ve saved a few extra stories and you can check all of the other headline-grabbers over in our dedicated news section. Here’s what else we’ve saved for you.
Fossil Collider hybrid briefly appears on retail sites, may run Wear OS
A series of online listings spotted by some eagle-eyed Reddit users uncovered a Fossil hybrid smartwatch called the Collider Hybrid Smartwatch HR.
The hybrid-looking device shows a mix of traditional watch hands and what appears to be an e-ink like display showing off data such as heart rate, weather, steps and the date.
The listings (which have since been pulled) had shown off a number of variants (including the one above and at the top of the story). They also revealed some of the key features we can expect to see. Along with a non-touchscreen e-ink display, there was mentions of a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS, 2-week battery life and iPhone and Android compatibility.
Mentions of Google Pay, Google Fit seem to suggest the watches may run on Google’s Wear OS too.
Product descriptions referred to the Collider as the first digital and analog (DIANA) hybrid smartwatch from Fossil. That use of Diana matches up with details we exclusively obtained about what Google had paid Fossil $40 million for earlier this year. According to our sources, it was hybrid smartwatch tech known internally at Fossil as ‘Diana’ (an amalgam of “Digital” and “Analogue”) and was built by talent acquired by Misfit in 2015.
Read all about the best hybrid smartwatches to buy right now.
The next AirPods case could charge your Apple Watch
A recent patent application suggests that Apple is thinking of integrating Apple Watch charging into an AirPods case that would also be waterproof.
The patent suggests that charging feature would be possible via wireless charging and by laying an accessory like Apple’s smartwatch on top of the case.
The concept isn’t outside the realms of possibility. Other tech companies now enable you to charge devices like watches by placing them on the back of wireless charging phones. Apple was rumored to add that very functionality to its newest iPhones and it may still happen at some point in the future.
The idea of an AirPods case that can charge your Apple tech certainly sounds appealing. But like many patents we covered, we can’t say if they’ll ever become a reality. We hope it does though.
Philips Nightbalance sleep apnea wearable launches
Philips has unveiled a new wearable solution for sleep apnea, and it’s called Nightbalance. Rather than a bulky mask or an external sensor, it’s a wearable strap that houses a small digital unit.
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That little device effectively gives a small buzz whenever it detects that the sleeper needs to change their position, feeding data on sleeping patterns and position through to a companion app. Changing positions in this manner can apparently help a high percentage of apnea sufferers, according to Philips.
It doesn’t look like the Nightbalance sleep wearable will be available for the average consumer to buy, with Philips targeting medical professionals to be able to offer this wearable to their patients. Maybe if all goes well, everyone will be able to get their hands on one.
Garmin Forerunner 945 offers heart rate tracking in the water
Garmin has released a firmware update for the Forerunner 945 to add underwater heart rate monitoring, although it says that it won’t be as accurate as using a specific tracking device like the HRM-Swim.
We love the Forerunner 945 – it’s a formidable watch and tracker, and while the tracking it offers isn’t quite at chest-strap level, it’s still accurate enough to satisfy almost any user.
Still, though, it’s great to see Garmin continuing to improve its device, addressing minor flaws like underwater heart rate tracking to make it even better. You can find out how to update your firmware via Garmin’s website, here.
Strava brings new feature to let you track overall fitness
Strava made a tough call earlier this week, turning off support for direct pairing between its app and chest straps and other devices.
It’s followed it up with some better news, though – it’s bringing an interesting new metric to its app, the broadly-titled “Fitness”. The system will chart your daily fitness score based on activity and exertion over time, letting you see how your workouts are going over time.
For those without access to a fitness tracker or actual monitoring, Strava’s also brought in “Perceived Exertion”, a system to let you track how you felt a workout went afterward – which you can also see over time to check your fitness.
Check out our top Strava tips and tricks to get the most out of the tracking app.