News on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 switching to over Wear OS has been going around for quite some time, but there’s more information now on how it could work, feel, and look.
According to Wareable, reports from SamMobile suggest that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could be very similar in feel and appearance to the Galaxy Watch Active 4, despite the fact that the former will be run by Wear OS.
Apparently, there are code names for three upcoming smartwatches; Wise, Fresh, and Lucky. For those who are after a more classic type of dress-watch, Wise, which will include a rotating bezel, is said to be the most fitting option. Fresh and Lucky, on the other hand, will be targeting more active or on-the-go customers.
What is known for sure is that Samsung will be taking on Wear OS with One UI 3.x skin, which will give this version of the smartwatch a much fresher design. By taking a quick look at other Samsung products that received the One UI 3.0 in December last year, it’s easy to imagine how much neater the Galaxy Watch 4 is going to be.
Despite being fresh in its own sense, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is still going to provide users with a sense of familiarity, but it does seem as though the company has paid particular attention to giving it a boost in the convenience department.
Other rumored features
More talk has been hinting at the possibility of a walkie-talkie system in the works, as well as a new set of SmartThings touches.
A significant shift was inspired by Google permitting manufacturers to modify Wear OS, and it is fair to think that perhaps this was what drew Samsung back into collaboration with the platform. Onlookers suspect that the company’s smartwatches could follow a similar route to the successful Oppo Watch, which offers a distinctive UI thanks to Color OS.
Recent reports gathered from a Korean news site also claim that partners of Samsung in South Korea had been hesitant about developing Tizen apps on the Galaxy Watch, which would give Samsung even more reason to return to Wear OS after years.
While it is most likely that battery life will remain more or less the same, there is word (though not backed up very well) of a potential size change on the new devices. It is reasonable to expect improved app selection, but as for adjustments in hardware design, there may be nothing shocking coming up.
Though all gossip on a tracker for blood sugar has now been thwarted, it is presumable that any ECG monitoring and blood pressure apps will be smoothly passed on to Wear OS with no requirements for FDA renewal.
When is it coming?
No official statements have been made regarding release, but the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 could be made available by July or August of this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 as a simultaneously fresh and familiar watch will be great for customers who are looking to get a feel of both. Anyone on the market for a new smartwatch can either wait for the release of this product later this year or see what the brand’s earlier models, like the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 have to offer.