Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Overview Updated May 13, 2021

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March 2021 - September 2021

In the second half of 2021, Samsung is expected to deliver the latest models of its smartwatch lineup with the Galaxy Watch 4 and Active. Here’s everything we know about the product so far, including rumors about features, specs, Wear OS, and pricing.

Will Galaxy Watch 4 have new features?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is expected to come in two distinct models. First, the standard Watch 4 will follow in the footsteps of the Watch 3. That means it will deliver a traditional watch design with a rotating bezel, extended lugs to hold the strap, and probably a thicker overall design. Most likely, two different sizes will also be available. 42mm and 46mm for the Galaxy Watch 4, 40mm and 42mm for the Active variant. A recent tweet claimed that colors on the new watch will match Samsung’s upcoming foldables, which are rumored to match the Galaxy S21 series.

Beyond the standard model, a Galaxy Watch Active 4 is also expected to arrive at the same time. This model will likely have a sportier, thinner design that lacks a physical rotating bezel. The entire series was expected to include a non-invasive blood glucose sensor too, but that’s reportedly no longer the case.

Why is Samsung switching to Wear OS?

In terms of features, one all-but-confirmed addition is the ability to monitor blood glucose levels, a feature that was first reported in early 2021. Beyond that, rumors have been flying around the Samsung is ditching its own Tizen platform, perhaps to use Android or Google’s Wear OS. Some early evidence uncovered a design codenamed “Merlot,” which was found alongside mentions of the Wear OS platform. Why the change? The reasons are unclear, but Samsung’s platform has had some serious security concerns over the years and, more notably, lacks the deep ecosystem of apps and watchfaces that is one of Wear OS’ few strengths.

Reports over Spring 2021 only make this seem more certain. A report in mid-May from Korean media claims that both the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Active will include Wear OS, making the switch primarily because developing apps is easier on Wear OS than it is on Tizen.

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In 2018, Samsung was also rumored to switch to Wear OS

When will Galaxy Watch 4 come out?

Samsung generally launches new wearables alongside notable smartphones, traditionally either Galaxy S or Galaxy Note devices. Alongside the Galaxy S21 in January, the only companion accessory was the Galaxy Buds Pro.

Current reports point to Samsung skipping the Galaxy Note series entirely in 2021, in part due to the ongoing chip shortage. So instead, it’s expected that the Galaxy Watch 4 series will arrive alongside the company’s next line of foldables, which includes Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2. That should leave the launch late in Summer 2021, perhaps in August.

How much will Galaxy Watch 4 cost?

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series is the company’s flagship wearable offering and, as such, commands a hefty price tag. The current Galaxy Watch 3 starts at $399 for the 41mm variant, jumping up to $429 for the 45mm version. You’ll then pay $449 or $479 for the LTE models.

So far, there are no clear rumors regarding Galaxy Watch 4 pricing, but there’s no reason to expect it to differ much from the current generation. New health functionality could boost the price slightly, but we don’t expect any major jumps.

Alongside other news about Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, you can stay tuned below for all the latest news.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 22

Galaxy Watch 4 gets a limited edition Thom Browne release w/ rhodium plating, $799 price

Tonight Samsung is announcing the launch of a new Galaxy Watch 4 variant, a special Thom Browne edition that will sell in limited quantities for nearly twice the price.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 16

Galaxy Watch 4 doesn’t work with Google Prompt 2FA notifications like every other Wear OS watch

Two-factor authentication is an important security measure in today’s digital world, but making the feature convenient is key. Google Prompt makes 2FA easy, but unlike every other Wear OS watch out there, the feature doesn’t work on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 15

Samsung reveals its first Wear OS-powered ‘Golf Edition’ Galaxy Watch

Samsung’s smartwatch lineup has included a “Golf Edition” several times in the past, but this time is different. For the first time, Samsung is releasing a “Golf Edition” smartwatch using the Wear OS platform in its new Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 10

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 4 bands use sustainable materials, including apple peels

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 ships with fairly run-of-the-mill bands, but the company has some neat ones coming in soon. Created in collaboration with Sami Miró Vintage, these new Galaxy Watch 4 bands have unique designs and are made from sustainable materials, including apple peels.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 9

Samsung brings its slideshow controller app to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung’s transition to Wear OS left behind a few apps on Tizen, but slowly, the transition is happening. This week, Samsung has quietly released its PPT Controller app for the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is now out on the market, and it’s getting its first update since landing on customer’s wrists. This week’s update is for the Galaxy Watch 4 specifically and delivers improved performance of the touch bezel.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 7

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can now control the Galaxy Buds connected to your phone

Samsung’s new Wear OS smartwatches are clearly designed to build on the company’s ecosystem, and a recent update is certainly helping out there. Now, Galaxy Watch 4 can control your Galaxy Buds when they’re paired to your phone and not just the watch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 2

Galaxy Watch 4 update adds Samsung Health to device settings, more

The first post-launch update is now rolling out for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic with the OTA patch, bringing Samsung Health to the settings section of the device, plus more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 31

Galaxy Watch 4 gets a ‘Walkie Talkie’ Wear OS app, doesn’t work on other devices

Samsung has a more complete smartwatch experience out of the box than any other Wear OS watch that’s ever hit the market, and now that it’s available for purchase, that experience is only expanding. This week, Samsung launched a new “Walkie Talkie” app for the Galaxy Watch 4 that’s now available for download.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 30

Samsung expands ECG and blood pressure on Galaxy Watch 3, 4, and Active to Australia

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series handles smartwatch tasks well, but it’s also been strong when it comes to health tracking. For the past couple of years, Samsung has been making ECG and blood pressure checks available to Galaxy Watch owners, and now, that functionality is finally coming to Australia.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 27

Regardless of the size of your smartwatch, inputting information on it can be a pain. Text input is done best by voice, which makes that tech crucial to get right. On Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, the default is Samsung’s engine, but it’s easy to switch over to Gboard for some big improvements.

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Samsung ends pre-order offers for Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3, but you can still get a good deal

As of today, Samsung’s new foldables and smartwatches are officially available to customers. That means that Samsung has ended its pretty killer pre-order promos for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3, but it doesn’t mean the company is done offering deals.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 25

Samsung delays some foldable, Galaxy Watch 4 pre-orders amid sudden popularity

After a few years of effort, Samsung’s foldable lineup is finally seeing popularity with pre-orders apparently far surpassing what most people expected. Now, it seems that the sudden popularity has Samsung looking at potential delays for its foldable phones and its new smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 16

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is very clearly still a product that favors Galaxy smartphone owners, but it seems like the product is opening up a bit more compared to past generations. Not only does the Galaxy Watch 4 partially support charging from Google’s Pixel 5, but it even seems to work on some standard Qi charging pads.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 13

After a few years of neglecting the platform, Google is putting effort back into Wear OS in a huge way this year, and that starts with the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung is the first company to bring Wear OS 3 to the market, and it comes with a custom skin on the platform that, as you’d probably expect, has an agenda different from Google’s.

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Samsung products have always been a bit tricky when it comes to voice assistants since the company has its own Bixby offering but usually is required to still support Google Assistant alongside it. With the Galaxy Watch 4 series, the Wear OS-based smartwatches will be lacking Google Assistant entirely when they launch and might have to wait for Google Pay.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 11

Most smartwatches compatible with Android smartphones usually offer support for Apple’s iOS platform too, but that tune might be changing. With its Galaxy Watch 4 series, Samsung has quietly dropped support for iOS.

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While Samsung’s past wearables have always offered great hardware and software, one reason I’ve been hesitant to call them “the best” is the frustrating act of using them with a non-Samsung phone. Despite the new Galaxy Watch 4 using Wear OS, I’m sad to see that the pairing process is just as rough.

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The future is much brighter for Wear OS thanks to revamped software and much better hardware, but current watches are left in a weird state of limbo. Today, Google has revealed that its new apps for YouTube Music and Google Maps on Wear OS are coming out very soon, but they won’t come to older models.

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With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic, Google and Samsung’s collaboration has come to fruition, and we’ve had some hands-on time to gather some initial thoughts.

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Following its reveal at Google I/O earlier this year, Wear OS 3 is officially making its debut today with the return of a major name. Samsung is launching the Galaxy Watch 4 series on Wear OS. Here’s what you need to know.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 3

Ahead of the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series, we’re learning that Wear OS will soon be able to support “alternate” assistants, such as Bixby.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 2

Google’s Wear OS has always been known for its battery life, but in a negative sense rather than a positive one. The platform has been notorious for powering smartwatches that can only last about a day, but Wear OS 3 will seemingly change that. According to a new Galaxy Watch 4 Classic leak, battery life could last as long as a whopping seven days.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 1

August has arrived, and with it, the countdown to Samsung’s next Unpacked event where we’ll see the debut of new foldables, earbuds, and the company’s first Wear OS smartwatches in years. This weekend, the first live images of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have hit the web, showing off both colors and a peek at the Wear OS UI.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 27

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will mark the start of a reboot for Google’s Wear OS platform, and so far we’ve already learned a lot about what it will bring to the table. In another leak today, the demo mode from the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic confirms names, shows off watchfaces, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 26

Ahead of its August 11 Unpacked event, Samsung is teasing its next collection of products in an official blog post that confirms the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will get an S Pen and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 20

After a ton of leaks and rumors, Samsung has just confirmed that it will host a virtual event to launch its next collection of Galaxy devices, with the upcoming Unpacked event set to take place on August 11.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 19

Samsung to launch Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Watch 4, more on August 11, website confirms [U]

Samsung has a big lineup coming this summer with multiple foldables, watches, and earbuds set to make their debut. Now, a report out of Korea claims that the next Samsung Unpacked event will take place on the date of August 11, 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 15

The upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series is the most crucial Wear OS release since the platform’s inception, and according to leaks, it’s shaping up to be something special. Today, a fresh report claims that storage on the Galaxy Watch 4 will be double that of any other Wear OS smartwatch.

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While software issues did plague Wear OS for years, the biggest problem the platform has faced has been underpowered chips provided by Qualcomm. It’s a problem we really hope to see the new reboot fix, and it seems that might indeed be the case. Today, a new report is detailing the “Exynos W920,” which will be the first chip used on the new Wear OS.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 14

We’re just short of a month away from Samsung’s next big product launch, but there’s not much left to be surprised by. Today, an Amazon listing has shown off the Galaxy Watch 4 yet again and confirmed the pricing in at least one market.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 13

We’re about a month out from Samsung’s Unpacked event, but the leaks aren’t stopping. This week, an official video posted by Samsung itself has had both the Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 make a probably unintended cameo in a new video.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 12

We’ve already seen quite a few big leaks of Samsung’s upcoming devices, but over the weekend the single biggest leak to date hit the web, as Evan Blass posted 360-degree animations that show the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Flip 3, Buds 2, and Watch 4 from all angles as some devices had some key specs surface.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 30

Samsung is likely just a month or so away from debuting its next collection of smartwatches, and now, a collection of leaked images is showing off the alleged “Galaxy Watch 4 Classic,” complete with its rotating bezel.

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Samsung this week teased that its new Galaxy Watch series is on its way and the leaks just keep on coming. However, a recent leak resulted in a fair bit of confusion regarding the name of the Galaxy Watch 4 series and, now, a regulatory listing is revealing the potential of a “Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.”

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 28

Samsung today at MWC teased its revamped smartwatch experience based on Wear OS for the first time, but the company didn’t announce a new smartwatch as some were expecting. The company is, however, finally hinting at a release date for this hardware, presumably carrying the “Galaxy Watch 4” name.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 25

As Google prepares to give Wear OS a soft reboot, the platform’s debut hinges on the arrival of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series. This week, just days after the Galaxy Watch 4 Active leaked, supposed images of the Galaxy Watch 4 have now leaked as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 21

MWC 2021 is happening next week, and Samsung has announced they’ll be taking part with a virtual event to unveil their vision for smartwatches.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 9

Thanks to a collaboration with Google, Samsung’s next batch of smartwatches won’t be running Tizen but, instead, a revamped version of Wear OS. Apparently, we’ll get a peek at that new Wear OS, Samsung Galaxy Watch experience at an MWC panel on June 28.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 8

Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch 4 series gains another certification on the way to launch

With I/O passed and Samsung officially committed to using Wear OS going forward, the hype is on for the Galaxy Watch 4. This week, Samsung’s series received another certification as it builds towards a release.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 19

There was a lot of big news during the Google I/O keynote yesterday, and one of the biggest reveals was that Wear OS is getting a major revamp with help from Samsung. Now, another leak is further pinpointing what we can expect from the Galaxy Watch Active 4, including what chip will be under the hood.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 18

Google today confirmed what’s been needed for a long time – a major update to its Wear OS platform. Now, Samsung is essentially confirming plans to launch a Wear OS smartwatch after months of rumors.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 17

Based on countless reports this year, it’s been all but certain that Samsung would be making the switch from Tizen to Wear OS. Now, another report is giving credibility to that report and adding that the Galaxy Watch 4 will be using a Samsung skin on top of Wear OS.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 13

When Wear OS made its debut under the name of Android Wear, Samsung was one of the first partners to give it a shot. The short-lived Gear Live was quickly replaced by Samsung’s Gear and Galaxy Watch lines that went on to become some of the most successful options out there. Now, Samsung might be making a return to Wear OS, and I think it’s a move that’s good for everyone. Here’s why.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 12

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 might be one of the most important smartwatches outside of the Apple Watch in quite some time as it merges Samsung’s hardware with Google’s Wear OS, and now yet another report is backing up that change.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 6

Latest Galaxy Watch 4 leak points to a slightly larger body for the likely Wear OS-powered watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series is likely only a couple of months away at this point, and as the launch gets closer, we’re learning more little tidbits about the device. This week, the model numbers for the entire lineup were uncovered and, alongside that, the size of the Galaxy Watch 4 as well.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 19

There have been a lot of questions about Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch, but as the launch approaches, the picture is becoming clearer. This week, a new report from The Elec claims that Samsung will keep the same basic body size for Galaxy Watch 4 but will tweak the battery sizes.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories March 30

As Samsung gears up for its next big launch, rumors and reports are giving us a picture of what to expect. Now, an updated version of the Galaxy Wearable companion app has provided more evidence that the next Galaxy Watch will switch to Wear OS as well as revealing a new pair of earbuds, “Galaxy Buds 2.”

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