Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Overview Updated May 13, 2021

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March 2021 - September 2022

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 19

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch ‘Charging Cradle’ won’t be too pricey, uses your current charger [Gallery]

Just a couple of weeks ago, we came across a detail-barren listing for a new Galaxy Watch Charging Cradle on Samsung’s website. Now, that cradle has gone live in the UK and is on sale for a measly £20.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 13

Samsung has dropped brand-new Wear OS watches, and if you own the Galaxy Watch 4, you’re probably wondering what’s different with the Galaxy Watch 5. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 12

Google’s Wear OS was a forgotten platform in the greater smartwatch market when looking at what people were actually buying, but things are quickly turning around. On Samsung’s back, Wear OS continues to grow, as Q2 2022 saw another big jump from the Galaxy Watch 4.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 6

When will my Galaxy Watch 4 or 5 get an update? Here’s how to check and Samsung’s schedule

With Samsung’s regular One UI Watch updates, there’s often a good chance one is waiting to be installed. In the event that’s the case, this guide will show you how to check for software updates on your Galaxy Watch 4 or 5.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 4

Two big updates are headed out to Galaxy devices starting this week, as Samsung has just announced Android 12L for its older foldable smartphones, as well as Wear OS 3.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 series.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories September 2

Samsung has been testing out a new version of Wear OS and its One UI Watch skin for the Galaxy Watch 4 over the past few months, but as of this week, the beta is over and the stable update is right around the corner.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 25

How to take a screenshot on Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4

There’s a lot you can do with Samsung’s line of Galaxy Watches, and sometimes you want to share that with others in a screenshot. There are plenty of reasons to capture what’s on your Galaxy Watch, so it’s a good idea to know how to execute a screenshot just in case. This guide will take you through how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories August 23

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 officially hits the market later this week, and it’s a relatively iterative upgrade on most points. Now, a Galaxy Watch 4 update is rolling out to bring the watch faces from the Watch 5 to last year’s series.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 26

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets its fifth beta for One UI 4.5 and Wear OS 3.5

Samsung has been preparing the next big update for its Galaxy Watch 4 series for over a month now, and the company continues to deliver on new beta updates in the lead-up to the release of One UI 4.5. This week, Samsung has released the fifth beta update for the Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 15

Samsung releases plugin updates for Galaxy Watch 4 and some Tizen smartwatches

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch, there’s a good chance you’re due for an update. This week, Samsung has released plugin updates for the Galaxy Watch 4 and several other Samsung Galaxy Watch models.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 13

Samsung continues One UI Watch 4.5 testing with beta 4 

Following yesterday’s announcement that Wear OS 3.5 is launching for the Galaxy Watch 4 line in Q3 2022, Samsung has released One UI Watch 4.5 beta 4 to testers.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 12

How to switch to a full QWERTY keyboard on your Galaxy Watch

The Galaxy Watch 4 is, as a whole, a great device. However, dictation and the stock keyboard are not strong points of the watch in any capacity. Fortunately, those who want a full QWERTY keyboard for the Galaxy Watch have options available. This guide will take you through exactly how to set up Gboard’s QWERTY keyboard on the Galaxy Watch.

The Galaxy Watch 4 series has been beta testing its next “major” update for a few weeks now, and this week, Samsung is confirming when One UI 4.5 will be available to everyone.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 11

Galaxy Watch 4 owners hit with Galaxy Wearable companion app crashes

Over the past few days, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 owners have been seeing the Galaxy Wearable app crashing, refusing to launch, and in any case just not working. But luckily, there seems to be a fix.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories July 1

Following two releases in June, One UI Watch 4.5 beta 3 is now available to address several Galaxy Watch 4 bugs, while a more official — and presumably final — look at Samsung’s Wear OS 3.5 update has emerged. 

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 20

Galaxy Watch 4 gets its second One UI Watch 4.5 beta update

Samsung opened up the very first beta program for its Galaxy Watch 4 series earlier this month, and now we’re already getting another patch. The second beta update for One UI Watch 4.5 is already headed to Galaxy Watch 4 owners.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 2

Galaxy Watch 4 owners can now install Samsung’s newest One UI Watch beta for the smartwatch, but only if they’ve signed up previously. This new beta showcases the next Wear OS generation for Samsung’s wearable and might have some cool new improvements up its sleeve, but Samsung has already closed off sign-ups for the beta program.

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Following yesterday’s availability of the Galaxy Watch 4 beta app, Samsung has released the OTA and changelog for One Ul Watch 4.5 to testers.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories June 1

We still don’t know a ton about Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5, but there’s plenty of room for improvements over last year’s Galaxy Watch 4. It doesn’t seem, though, that we’ll see much of a difference with the Galaxy Watch 5 charger.

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A day ahead of the big launch, Samsung is rolling out the app needed for the Galaxy Watch 4 beta program, but the final step has yet to surface.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 31

One of the many neat features of the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the rotating bezel that lets you navigate the watch just by turning the outer ring. Over time, though, that Galaxy Watch bezel can get stiff and feel much worse than the day you first got it. This guide will lead you through the steps to clean that Galaxy Watch bezel out and fix it so that it feels brand new once again.

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Samsung’s Wear OS switch boosts market share to over 10%, as Fitbit shrinks

According to the latest data on wearables, Samsung’s market share has grown significantly since switching the Galaxy watch series to Wear OS. Meanwhile, Fitbit has seen a dip since being acquired by Google.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Stories May 30

How to disable ‘Hey Google’ on Galaxy Watch 4 to save battery

While the addition of the Google Assistant to the Galaxy Watch 4 has been a well-received one, it isn’t without its drawbacks. One of those is that having “Hey Google” detection enabled, which has a negative effect on battery life. This guide will help you disable or turn off “Hey Google” detection on your Galaxy Watch 4.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 got a huge boost earlier this month as Google Assistant finally arrived, but it seems that has caused some problems. Since Assistant hit the Galaxy Watch 4, users have noticed problems with battery drain and even their watch unpairing itself.

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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 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’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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