Samsung isn’t anticipated to unveil a new smartwatch at its Unpacked presentation this week, although the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are still available. Both smartwatches will offer additional health and fitness features beginning February 9th, including bespoke interval training, sleep coaching, and the option to define body composition targets. Oh, and it promises enhanced app compatibility for the new Wear OS platform – albeit Google Assistant will have to wait a little longer.
In comparison to more fitness-oriented trackers, Samsung’s sleep tracking has been a bit lacking. In this regard, Samsung is introducing a sleep coaching software that appears to be inspired by chronotypes – in a word, it’s your natural circadian cycle. People are traditionally classified into four chronotypes (lion, dolphin, bear, or wolf), but Samsung appears to have taken it a step further and expanded it to eight. Samsung claims it gives you one of eight sleep types after recording your sleep patterns for a week and completing two sleep assessments. Following that, you’ll have the choice of enrolling in a four- to five-week program that will include checklists, sleep articles, and meditation to help you improve your sleep quality.
A gleaming new 3-in-1 biosensor that enabled body composition readings was one of the most notable health upgrades for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. It was impressive, because smart scales and specialized equipment at your doctor’s office or a gym had previously been the domain of smart scales and specialized equipment. However, you were given a list of numbers that may or may not have made sense to you as a beginning. Samsung has announced a collaboration with Centr to give “body composition insights.” (If you’re unfamiliar with Centr, it’s the workout app used by Thor’s beefcake Chris Hemsworth.)
If someone gains weight while also increasing body fat and muscle, for example, it may provide further context as to why this is normal. The app will also be available for a 30-day trial to Galaxy Watch 4 owners.
Running coaching was offered by Samsung a few years ago, but the enhancements include a new interval target tool for runners and cyclists. You can now set the duration, distance, and number of sets ahead of time. The Galaxy Watch 4 will then lead users through a personalized “intensity training session” that alternates high and low-intensity workouts, according to Samsung.
Samsung’s main announcements focused on health, but it also included a promise of improved Android compatibility. Google Maps, Google Pay, and YouTube Music were among the first apps available on the watches, along with a few other third-party apps. However, since the watches were released in late August, that’s all we’ve heard about them. The business now claims it plans to make it easier to set up the YouTube Music app, as well as the ability to stream directly to the wrist through Wi-Fi or LTE. It also reiterated that Google Assistant will be available on the Galaxy Watch 4. Users will be able to choose between Assistant and Samsung’s Bixby when it arrives. Samsung remained tight-lipped on the exact date.