Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Overview Updated May 13, 2021

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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 May 26

The Galaxy Watch 4 is still, for now, the best smartwatch for Android users. With Wear OS on board, it serves almost every Android users well, whether they’re using a Samsung Galaxy phone, a Pixel, or others. But it’s still very much a Samsung-first smartwatch, and Samsung’s priorities taking the lead. One of the most frustrating things about the Galaxy Watch 4 is that its second button, now almost a year later, is still virtually useless.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 25

How to install Google Assistant on your Galaxy Watch 4

It’s finally here. The long-awaited Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 has finally arrived and is ready for installation on our smartwatches. So how do you go about getting Google Assistant on Samsung’s latest wearable? This guide will take you through exactly how to install Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 and might help you out if Google Assistant isn’t connecting to your Galaxy Watch.

Just a day after Samsung announced the program, the first beta program for the Wear OS–based Galaxy Watch 4 is already showing up in the Samsung Members app – but with a couple of caveats.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 24

The delayed launch of the Google Assistant for Galaxy Watch 4 has been highly anticipated so we’ve gone hands-on to find out if it’s a massive step up.

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Software is one of the best parts of the Galaxy Watch 4, with a messy but very functional mix of Samsung and Google’s strengths. Now, Samsung is looking at the next step for its Wear OS skin, “One UI Watch,” with a beta coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 in June.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 23

Galaxy Watch 4 owners have been waiting for Google Assistant since Samsung launched the wearable with just Bixby last year, and support is now officially launching today.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 11

With its one-year anniversary approaching, the Galaxy Watch 4 is finally getting an actual timeline for one of its most anticipated features. Google Assistant is officially getting a release date on the Galaxy Watch 4 this summer.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 4

Samsung is rolling out another new update for the Galaxy Watch 4 with May security patch

Keeping up its unofficial schedule of releasing roughly one update each month, Samsung has just released another new update for the Galaxy Watch 4 that delivers the May 2022 security patch and more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 25

The Galaxy Watch 4 from Samsung has been confirmed to be receiving the ability to use Google Assistant natively for some time now, though Google has said it has “nothing to share at this time” about the update. However, a full 15-second video ad has surfaced from one of Samsung’s YouTube channels showcasing the Galaxy Watch 4 using Google Assistant in all its glory.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 21

Samsung debuts sustainably sourced Galaxy S21 cases and Galaxy Watch 4 bands for Earth Day

As Earth Day approaches, Samsung has debuted a new batch of accessories that are sustainably developed with Sean Wotherspoon for the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 20

Google Assistant for the Galaxy Watch 4 should be coming, or at least supported, with the next Samsung system update.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 18

Galaxy Watch 4 users in Canada getting ECG and BP features

More often than not, some regions are left out regarding important and cutting-edge features. In this instance, Galaxy Watch 4 owners in Canada haven’t had the ability to use the smartwatch’s ECG and blood pressure monitoring tools, that is, until now. Users in Canada are finally reporting full ECG and BP capabilities on their devices.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories April 4

There are plenty of reasons to want to factory reset your Galaxy Watch 4. Though it’s a fantastic watch, it isn’t resistant to slowing down like any other device over time. One way to combat that is to perform a factory reset, deleting everything on the watch and starting over. Here’s how you can do that.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 25

Samsung is rolling out another minor Wear OS update to the Galaxy Watch 4

The Galaxy Watch 4 is the current king of the hill for Android smartwatches, and it just got a major update earlier this month with a bunch of new features. Now, Samsung is rolling out yet another update for the Galaxy Watch 4, though a very minor one.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 18

Google Pay makes it really easy to handle payments in stores that accept NFC, and Wear OS has long supported the ability to make these payments. With Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, it’s finally possible to install Google Pay, but some owners have recently been seeing errors including that Google Pay “couldn’t finish setup.”

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 17

One of the biggest draws of smartwatches is their ability to deliver notifications in an easily viewable way. Even so, there are some notifications that just don’t deserve your attention, even when on your wrist. This guide will take you through how to set up and manage notifications on your Galaxy Watch 4.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 12

How to check for updates on the Galaxy Watch 4

Every now and again, the Galaxy Watch 4 gets major updates to improve the already capable Wear OS smartwatch. Of course, in order for you to take advantage of improvements to your Galaxy Watch, you need to ensure the device gets updated. This guide will take you through exactly how to check for updates on your Galaxy Watch.

Latest Galaxy Watch 4 update seems to break some older Wear OS watch faces

The Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 picked up a new update earlier this week with new fitness features and some other tweaks, but it also seems to have broken with some third-party watch faces.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 11

The Galaxy Watch 4 is a powerful smartwatch, there is no doubt about it. In fact, it may be the best of the bundle right now. To add to that, the latest Wear OS update adds a really nice new quality-of-life feature to its notification system on the Galaxy Watch 4 for Google Messages and Slack.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 10

Earlier this week Samsung revealed a new update coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 series that would deliver sleep coaching, custom interval training, and more features. Now, that major February update for the Galaxy Watch 4 is rolling out widely, and it comes with a more detailed changelog that reveals the ability to set the orientation for the left or right wrist.

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Surrounding its Galaxy S22 unveil yesterday, Samsung also announced a new update policy that leads the Android market. As it turns out, that policy will also extend to the Galaxy Watch 4, which will be getting Wear OS updates for the next four years.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories February 7

Google’s sudden renewed focus on Wear OS has delivered more apps and long overdue updates to others. Now, the YouTube Music app that first made its debut a few months ago is confirmed to add the ability to stream songs to Wear OS watches including the Galaxy Watch 4.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 made the switch over to Wear OS, but it remained an experience that was clearly Samsung’s more than Google’s. Now, Samsung is providing an update on Google Assistant for the Galaxy Watch 4, saying that the promised feature is still “months” away from its debut.

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Samsung’s Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 series is getting another major update this week, with new features including custom interval training, sleep coaching, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories January 24

Smartwatches can be a very mixed bag, and Wear OS hasn’t quite hit the heights most of us would have hoped. We’ll likely see a resurgence over the coming years as Google and Samsung really invest in the platform. The first sign of that increased investment is the Galaxy Watch 4, which we’ve lived with for an extended period to better understand where it sits.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories January 21

How to find and use watch faces on the Galaxy Watch 4

One of the benefits of Samsung switching its Galaxy Watch 4 over to Wear OS is that it opens up a new world of watch faces. So how do you change the watch face on your Galaxy Watch and customize it to fit your style? This guide will help you do exactly that.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories January 10

You can skip the tutorial when setting up Galaxy Watch 4 – Here’s how

Setting up a smart watch is even more frustrating than setting up a phone. Maybe it’s the little screen or the slow pairing process common to most Wear OS devices. And, completing the tutorial on a Galaxy Watch 4 just feels extra burdensome. Well, something you may not know is that you can absolutely skip the tutorial on the Galaxy Watch 4! Here’s how.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories January 7

The beauty of the Galaxy Watch 4 is that it’s the perfect companion to any Android device, not just Galaxy devices. This means that, more than likely, you’ll want to use Google Pay instead of Samsung Pay. Follow along with this guide to learn exactly how to do that with ease.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories December 3, 2021

Here’s how to set up and use SOS on your Galaxy Watch 4

It goes without saying that anything can happen, and being prepared is important. That’s where the SOS feature on your Galaxy Watch 4 can prove to be invaluable. Here’s how to set up and use it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories November 25, 2021

Black Friday and associated holiday sales are some of the best times to buy a smartwatch, but many Android users don’t have a definitive go-to option for a smartwatch. In late 2021, these are the best smartwatches you can buy for nearly any Android phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories November 22, 2021

Google’s Wear OS sat mostly stagnant for a few years, leading to the platform being just a footnote in the overall smartwatch market. However, thanks to strong Galaxy Watch 4 sales, Wear OS has been catapulted into second place when it comes to market share of smartwatches sold in Q3 2021.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories November 10, 2021

Google’s Wear OS is in a frustrating state of limbo right now, but Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 is a source of growth for the platform in more ways than one. Earlier this year, Samsung brought an internet browser app to its smartwatch, and now that browser seems to be available on more Wear OS devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 29, 2021

The Galaxy Watch 4 has picked up a few minor updates since its launch, and now another is rolling out with further improvements. The November update for the Galaxy Watch 4 delivers new watchfaces and better tracking with its updated security patch.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 28, 2021

KakaoTalk is now available on all Wear OS watches, likely thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4

Different messaging apps are popular in different parts of the world, and in South Korea, KakaoTalk rules the market. Now, KakaoTalk is finally delivering a smartwatch experience on Wear OS, and it’s thanks to Samsung’s arrival on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 20, 2021

There have been a few minor updates to the Galaxy Watch 4 since the wearable’s debut in August, but today Samsung is releasing its first major update for the product. Rolling out starting today, the first feature update for the Galaxy Watch 4 adds Fall Detection and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 15, 2021

Samsung swaps continuous heart-rate tracking on Galaxy Watch 4 w/ confusing new graph

Health tracking is one of the biggest things Samsung brings to Wear OS with its new Galaxy Watch 4, but the company’s experience still isn’t perfect. A change that went mostly unnoticed with the Galaxy Watch 4 was Samsung Health’s update to a new type of heart-rate tracking graph which is… not good.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 9, 2021

Samsung is rolling out another Galaxy Watch 4 update that squashes bugs

The Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch 4 has picked up a few updates since its debut earlier this year, and now the device is picking up the CUJ2 update. What’s new? Not much…

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories October 7, 2021

The Galaxy Watch 4 is the best watch you can buy with Wear OS today, and a big part of that comes down to Samsung’s software add-ons. Today, Samsung has released its web browser to the Galaxy Watch 4 so users can access the internet from their wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 30, 2021

For years now, the smartwatch market has not been kind to Android users. The Apple Watch only works with iPhones. Fitness watches are usually great for health but not-so-great at being a smartwatch. And as for Google’s Wear OS, it’s been stagnant for years. Samsung’s Tizen platform and Galaxy Watch lineup were the only saving grace, but even that had its own complications if you weren’t using it alongside a Galaxy smartphone. Now, Samsung has moved from Tizen to Google’s revamped Wear OS 3 with the Galaxy Watch 4, and we’re finally getting somewhere.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 22, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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.

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