IOs Devices have an unrivaled king when it comes to smartwatches; Apple Watch. But for Android, there is no one-size-fits-all choice. Will the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 eventually become that watch? Clearly, it seems like Samsung is aiming towards that. In Samsung Unpacked’s latest announcement focusing on foldable phones, the latest Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 phones were released. The company also released Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, which can now be pre-ordered and shipped. Sale. August 27th. They are the first Samsung watches equipped with Wear OS 3 co-designed by Google, and other smartwatches will not be launched until next year. Will the Galaxy Watch 4 get better after the already outstanding Watch Active 3? It is true. Like the previous Samsung watches, there are two designs: the more stylish and cheaper Watch 4 and the more traditional Watch 4 Classic. The latter brings back Samsung’s physical rotating outer bezel and has a more traditional watch-like appearance and strap. Prices are based on design (40 mm aluminum Watch 4 250 USD, 42 mm stainless steel Watch 4 Classic 350 USD), size (larger 42 mm Watch 4 Classic requires an additional fee of 30 USD), or LTE data compatibility (additional on this basis) Paid $50) and increased. In the UK, Watch 4 starts at £249 and Classic starts at £349. Australian prices are to be determined. Samsung watches have always been good.
Then there is Fitbit and even Google Wear OS. But Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is seeking to bring them together, restarting the Android watch market by finally having no weird gap between the Samsung watch experience and the Google Smartwatch experience. The new Watch 4 operating system developed by Google and Samsung will eventually appear on other smartwatches. But for Samsung’s newer watches, this should mean a smoother connection experience with Android. Notifications, calls, phone control, synchronization with phone settings-Samsung promises that the performance of Watch 4 will be better than previous watches. Samsung also promised to provide longer battery life and faster performance. The battery life may be only two days, but it is enough to go to bed and track sleep throughout the night. Samsung also changed the name of its watch: the name of Watch Active disappeared. (Welcome back, Galaxy Watch). Galaxy Watch 4 is only available for Android phones, there is currently no iOS compatibility plan. Although the old Wear OS and Samsung watches can be paired with the iPhone, Watch 4 is clearly a perfect pairing watch designed for Android phones (especially Samsung). Samsung’s “One UI” concept is to synchronize wallpapers, designs and settings between the phone and the watch. Will the watch become the perfect extension of the mobile phone? We will see when we try one. In addition to the health functions inherited from the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, there are also some new health functions on the Watch 4.
In addition to heart rate, blood oxygen, and electrocardiogram (and pressure/blood pressure screening tests that require blood pressure cuff calibration), Samsung has also added some additional features to sleep tracking. Snoring detection is used in conjunction with the microphone of the paired Android phone, and now the blood oxygen check runs continuously every minute at night (or as a check during the day). Samsung has also added a new sensor to its rear array: an electronic bioimpedance sensor for whole-body analysis, which uses a weak current to measure your conductivity to show its composition. There is no such sensor technology in recent smartwatches. The last portable device I remember that promises bio-impedance is Jawbone Up 3. Using the body analysis function, your BMI, muscle mass, body water, and body fat percentage will be read, just like some weight scales. I don’t know how I feel about it! Samsung Health will use this reading to calculate the range of your health compared to the optimal level.
New sensor technology will always be released-will it work? Will it be useful? We don’t know yet. Samsung’s goal is to become a comprehensive body analysis tool, which sounds ambitious. Last year, Fitbit Sense also introduced new skin pressure detection sensors, but I never found them meaningful in my daily life. The jury still did not discuss the bio-impedance function, although the operating system has changed, Samsung Health is still the default health and fitness platform of the Galaxy Watch 4. However, the application’s switch to Google Play and the new support for watch face complications should mean that many fitness applications will also switch. (Complications are basically small clock face widgets that display data from other apps.
They are very convenient.) Samsung has announced support for Strava, Calm, and Adidas Running. Spotify also supports playing music on the clock. The new Watch 4 processor should be faster than the latest Watch 3 (according to Samsung, CPU speed increased by 20%, GPU speed increased by 50%), and memory (1.5GB) and storage space (16GB) than before. This should speed up the startup of animations and applications. The Super AMOLED display is clearer: the 1.2-inch 42 and 40mm models have a resolution of 396×396 pixels, while the 1.4-inch 44 and 46mm models have a resolution of 450×450. The watch can also be charged quickly, charging for 30 minutes to get 10 hours of battery life. Both Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic rely heavily on touching the outer edge of the watch to “turn” and navigate—Watch 4 has touch-sensitive edges, while Classic has a physically rotating bezel. Samsung has also placed touch controls on these watches to allow sliding navigation, just like Wear OS watches. You can choose how to interact. Some other buttons on the side of the watch control them to move back and forth on the interface and can be reprogrammed.
You can long-press Samsung’s Bixby assistant; the other one is for Samsung Pay. But you can make Google Assistant and Google Pay your preferred apps. Using Google’s Wear OS 3 on the Galaxy Watch 4 means it will connect to Google Play, but you will also get some improved Google apps. Google has promised to launch new YouTube apps, Google Maps, Google Pay , and information, these apps have a new design for Wear OS 3. There are also third-party updates and new Tiles: Calm, Komoot, MyFitnessPal, Period Tracker, Sleep Cycle, Spotify and Strava were the first to receive updates. Google promises to introduce more updates over time, which means that both Samsung and Google should fill this watch with apps, but now you can only use Bixby. Samsung’s voice assistant is still the default setting on the watch and will appear when you press and hold the top button. Google Assistant is now unavailable, which is frustrating, and this is one of the main things I want to access on Google Connected Watch. Galaxy Watch 4 looks like the ultimate fusion of Samsung Watch and Google Watch, which may be the secret of success using Google Maps, connected mobile phone features, and third-party fitness apps on Google Play (the default app store). Galaxy Watch 4. It should be the long-awaited hardware-enhanced Google Watch. The software interface looks exactly as you would expect: partly Samsung, partly Google.
But it’s worth waiting to see how it works, or should I choose the first model? It is difficult to say because it is the first of its kind. Not surprisingly, Samsung’s new health features and new operating system have not yet entered the old Samsung watches. Some of them can, but hope it will be a complete rest and restart. And we don’t know how many Galaxy Watch 4 features will continue to the rest of Google’s future Wear OS 3 watch series, including watches from Mobvoi, Fossil, and eventually Fitbit. The 3 watch updates will not appear on other watches until 2022, which makes Galaxy Watch 4 the only new Wear OS 3 watch connected with Google this year. For this reason alone, it may be the best Android watch available. As for how it really feels and works? We will get full hands-on impressions and reviews in the next few days. But the Galaxy Watch 4 looks very promising for any Android phone user who wants a more addictive watch.