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Google launches its first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch

Your next Fitbit alternative

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So, the rumors were true. Recently, the then-unannounced Pixel Watch showed up in a Chicago restaurant. The mysterious device turned a lot of heads especially since Google hasn’t officially entered the smartwatch industry yet, outside of purchasing Fitbit. Now, it’s time to lay the rumors to rest. During the latest Google I/O, Google has officially launched the Pixel Watch.

If you’ve seen the left-behind wearable, then you know what the official device looks like. The Pixel Watch is a circular timepiece with a crown that sits comfortably on your wrist. However, though the crown should see some use, the spotlight is on the device’s software.

The watch comes with Wear OS by Google, packing a lot of Google features — like Google Assistant, Maps, and Wallet — into its lithe frame. Plus, it’s not the Wear OS you know, either. Google has refreshed the software’s interface, making it easier to read and glance at.

If you’re more familiar with Fitbit, the Pixel Watch will remain compatible with Fitbit’s software. You can still use your Fitbit account to keep track of your fitness goals, including heart rate, active zone minutes, and sleep quality.

The smartwatch also comes in a 4G LTE variant. You can leave your phone behind while you go on a run.

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PSVR2 is launching with over 20 major games

Horizon VR game still headlines

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Samsung had a lot to say during its latest investors meeting. Besides unveiling its general plans for the future, the company also teased the devices that are coming in the near future. For a while now, that future lineup includes the PSVR2. If you were thinking of buying the virtual reality wearable for yourself, Sony has good news for you. The PSVR2 will have over 20 major titles on launch.

Naturally, if you buy a pricey piece of hardware, you usually want it to come with a good set of ways to use it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with new gaming devices. For example, the PlayStation 5, despite being out for almost two years, still doesn’t have the most expansive lineup of games that every gamer must play.

Thankfully, the PSVR2 won’t follow in the same, sparse footsteps of the gaming console. According to the meeting (via Video Games Chronicle), the wearable will launch with over 20 first- and third-party games. The headliner is still Call of the Mountain set in the Horizon universe, of course. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t reveal any other games in the lineup.

If anything, virtual reality gaming has been growing for a while now. In recent history, the market has seen notable titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Saber.

After facing a potential delay, the PSVR2 is expected to launch sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: PSVR2 might be delayed to next year, report says

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Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022

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Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch’s wallpaper ‘Fluid’ is a coming out story

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Poké ball Galaxy Buds exist

But only in South Korea

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South Korea has all the Poké-luck in the world. After being treated to a special Pokémon Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, they’re now getting Galaxy Buds housed in a Poké ball case.

As Gizmodo reports, the Poké ball Galaxy Buds retails for 134,000 KRW (around $105). Included in the package are a bunch of Pokémon stickers featuring Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and more.

It’s interesting to note that the Poké ball case doesn’t charge the Galaxy Buds. How it works is that the regular charging case of the Galaxy Buds fits inside the Poké ball case. It’s a neat workaround and one that could be a welcome treat for existing Galaxy Buds owners who may want to purchase the case separately should that be an option.

As mentioned earlier, this special edition Galaxy Buds is likely a follow-up to a the Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3. That package will net users a Pikachu Clear Cover Set, a Pokémon Pouch for the device, and a Pokémon Custom Pack (which includes a Pikachu keychain, stand, and custom sticker set). The device will also have a varied set of themes installed on the phone.

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