Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic today, announcing its collaboration with Google to deliver an all-new Wear OS experience and, at long last, a rival to the Apple Watch. Although this is only the first step in what will hopefully be years of collaboration, there are a number of areas in which Apple looks to be ahead — but Samsung is catching up.
Today’s announcement ushers in a new era for Samsung, Google, and other Android manufacturers planning to release a smartwatch in the next months and years.
The first thing you’ll notice with Wear OS 3 is that it’s currently a one-of-a-kind experience, with just Samsung delivering it.
Samsung is betting on a more conventional smartwatch design with a rounded shape. Although it seems to be a genuine watch, the company’s Wear OS does not use a circular screen for tasks that need textual input, such as reading alerts and composing messages.
However, while there does not appear to be much competition from the outside, those who possess an Android phone will discover a gadget capable of recording activities with a long battery life.
The new Galaxy Watch Series 4 has an ECG app, blood pressure measurement, a sleep tracker, and body composition features like as skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, and body fat percentage.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is composed of stainless steel, whereas the Galaxy Watch 4 is built of aluminum. Both include 1.5GB of RAM, IP68 protection, an Exynos W920 Dual-Core CPU, and a battery life of more than 40 hours.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is also reasonably priced, beginning at $249 for the standard model and $349 for the Classic variant. This is an area where Apple clearly trails behind, but unlike Samsung devices, your Apple Watch will most certainly receive software support for years.
It’s encouraging to see Apple facing competition in the smartwatch market. While the business launches “the finest smartwatch ever created” every year, it’s critical to have another manufacturer giving fresh options.
For example, as part of Samsung’s collaboration with Google, Google will make it simpler to integrate its apps, such as Google Maps, with the Galaxy Watch 4. And if more firms adopt Wear OS 3, Apple will be under even greater pressure to improve the Apple Watch.