Galaxy Watch 5 rumours: Will Samsung give us a battery boost?

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was lauded for its health tracking feature, fast performance, and sleek design, when it was released last August. It was even the first smartwatch powered by the new Wear the operating system software that Samsung and Google created together. But if the rumors become reality, the Galaxy Watch 5 could address one of our biggest complaints about the Galaxy Watch 4: its battery life.

I also hope to see Samsung commit more to Google’s software and services. The Galaxy Watch 4 currently feels caught between the Google and Samsung ecosystems, as my colleague Scott Stein wrote in his opinion.

Samsung hasn’t said a word about plans for its next smartwatch, although the company typically launches new wearables in August. Samsung collaboration details with Google on Wear the operating system came to Google I/O conference last year, so some software details may come to this year’s conference Google I/O on May 11. There haven’t been many rumors about the next Galaxy Watch yet, but here’s our best guess of what Samsung might be planning, based on the company’s previous leaks and launches.

A possible announcement in August

Only Samsung knows when the next Galaxy Watch will arrive. But the company usually launches new wearables in August alongside other new products. For example, the Galaxy Watch 4 debuted in August last year, while the Galaxy Watch 3 arrived in August 2020. Samsung has already launched a series of new gadgets in 2022, from Galaxy S22 cheapest range Galaxy S21 FENew laptop and tablets. The one thing we haven’t heard of yet are smartwatches, so there’s a chance Samsung is saving that for its typical August Unpacked event.

A bigger battery than the Galaxy Watch 4

One downside of the Galaxy Watch 4 is its relatively short battery life, which typically lasts between one and two days. There’s a chance that will change with the Galaxy Watch 5. Tech Blog Sam-Mobile claims to have found a regulatory filing indicating that the 40 millimeter size of the Galaxy Watch 5 will have a slightly larger battery capacity than the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung declined to comment on the report.

Longer battery life would make the Galaxy Watch 5 a better sleep tracker because you might not have to charge it every night. It would also help Samsung catch up Fitbit in this regard, since its Sense and Versa 3 the watches can last several days on a single charge.

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A bigger battery could make the Galaxy Watch 5 a better sleep tracker than the Galaxy Watch 4 (pictured above), as you might not have to charge it as often.

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It might be able to measure your temperature

The Galaxy Watch 4 can already monitor metrics like your body composition, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate. Samsung could further its health ambitions by adding the ability to measure body temperature to the Galaxy Watch 5, according to Korean media ETNews. The report doesn’t provide many details, other than that Samsung has “engineered technology that can measure body temperature as accurately as possible.” Samsung declined to comment on ETNews’ report.

Body temperature detection is not new to wearable devices. Oura’s The wellness ring of the same name can measure the temperature of your finger to help detect any changes that may be occurring in your body. Fitbit devices like Sense and Versa 3 can also detect temperature.

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Oura’s Wellness Ring can measure temperature.

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If Samsung adds temperature sensing to its next smartwatch, it would be another sign that wearables have become all-around health and wellness devices. Metrics such as blood oxygen saturation measurements are now relatively common on wearable devices from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and Garmin.

It will probably run Wear OS

Samsung has yet to announce any details about its upcoming smartwatch. But since the Galaxy Watch 4 runs on Wear the operating system, it seems plausible that his successor is too. Google and Samsung collaborated to develop the new Wear OS, which means Samsung is likely committed to using this software for its future smartwatches.

Samsung was the first to launch a smartwatch that runs on Google’s new Wear operating system. But the landscape will soon become more competitive with the new Wear operating system expected to arrive on watches from other companies such as TicWatch, Fossil and Google’s Fitbit brand. We hope to hear more about the sequel to Wear OS during Google I/O.

What we expect from the Galaxy Watch 5

Longer battery life and new health tracking features are always appreciated. But what we really want from the Galaxy Watch 5 is software that makes it feel more fully part of Google’s ecosystem. The Galaxy Watch 4 feels torn between Google and Samsung. Yes, it has google play app store and other google apps. But the setup process and health tracking still rely heavily on Samsung’s apps.

Admittedly, the company responds to this to a certain extent by bring google assistant at his watch. But we hope to see tighter Google integration in the next version that will really make the Galaxy Watch 5 feel like the ultimate Android smartwatch.

For more, check out all the rumors we’ve heard about the Galaxy ZFlip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. Moreover, the best smartwatches you can buy this year.


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