Put on OS lastly meets its potential within the Galaxy Watch 4

OPINION: In my tenure as a tech journalist, I’ve examined so many Put on OS smartwatches that I’ve lengthy since misplaced depend of the whole.

As a lot as I’ve loved the flare that among the fashion-led smartwatches have introduced with them, Put on OS itself has at all times felt a bit clunky in comparison with the competitors – that’s, till now.

I’ve spent the previous few days testing out the brand new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which is the primary machine to pack Google’s revamped Put on OS 3 (made in collaboration with Samsung, no much less). With this replace, it’s clear that Put on OS has lastly developed into the fluid, watchOS different that it at all times needed to be.

From extra vibrant app icons to 3rd celebration tiles that aren’t afraid to envelop the display with eye-catching prompts, Put on OS powered by Samsung looks like a world away from the Put on OS watches of previous. The digital rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 additionally makes skipping by menus really feel like a breeze, a lot to the identical extent because the Apple Watch’s digital crown.

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It additionally helps that the Galaxy Watch 4 hasn’t omitted one of the vital essential components of a sensible watch – the watch faces.

As a lot as I applaud the corporate for making use of the Snapdragon Put on 4100 chipset, Mobvoi’s watch faces have at all times felt reasonably uninteresting, however the Galaxy Watch has a shocking quantity of selection the place no two watch faces really feel the identical. If you’d like one thing informal to swimsuit a lazy Sunday, you could have loads of choices, simply as there are a number of attractive two-hand designs that will go completely with a finely pressed swimsuit.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

The one downside right here is that we don’t but know whether or not these sides are a part of the brand new Put on OS, or part of the One UI overlay that’s unique to the Galaxy Watch 4. As a result of we have now but to see one other smartwatch utilizing this model of Put on OS, Samsung’s wearable is our solely body of reference.

The most recent rumours recommend that Fossil’s subsequent mainline wearable might be launched in September, however even then there can be a major delay till it’s up to date with the brand new OS. There’s nonetheless an opportunity that Google might be the subsequent firm to market with its long-gestating Pixel Watch, however analysts have been improper earlier than about an impending launch.

Till we all know extra, the Galaxy Watch 4 is shaping as much as be the last word Put on OS watch to beat, however that’s no unhealthy factor. With cautious consideration, Samsung might have lastly given Android customers what they’ve been ready for – a smartwatch that may compete with the Apple Watch.