The Apple Watch is ubiquitous among iPhone owners: it's the go-to for iOS devices. Android, on the other hand, doesn't have any such singular, easy-to-recommend smartwatch — we've got all kinds of options from tons of different manufacturers. Here's a quick guide to some of your best options across categories.
The state of wearables for Android is kind of lamentable, but Samsung makes some of the best. Today it's rolling out software updates for the Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2, the latter of which hasn't seen a software bump since January. Both of them are relatively minor patches to Tizen version 22.214.171.124, released earlier this year.
Samsung's wearables are some of the best on the market, mixing high-end hardware with exceptionally smooth and reliable software. Last year's Galaxy Watch3 represents the latest in what Samsung has to offer, and a new software update now arriving for Verizon models delivers some "handy" new features.
Samsung makes some pretty stellar smartwatches, and today only, Woot is offering some serious savings on three of them. The Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active2, and Gear Sport watches start at just $145.99 with discounts up to 48% off, making this the perfect time to do some holiday shopping.
Samsung knows what it's doing when it comes to wearables. The company's Tizen operating system is routinely hailed as being in a league above other competitors like Google's Wear OS due to its speed and fluidity. Amazon is currently offering the original Galaxy Watch for prices as low as $134.97 — the same watch that Samsung will pay $200 for in trade-in value.
Samsung released the Galaxy Watch3, and it's a very solid smartwatch. We found it a bit pricey at the $400 MSRP, but right now, you can save up to $260 on the wearable with an eligible trade-in on Samsung's website. And even if you don't have an older piece of tech lying around, you can still save $60 on the Galaxy Watch3 right now from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Samsung.com.
Samsung's Galaxy Watches usually pair excellent hardware with refined software, but there still aren't that many third-party applications. Samsung has covered most of the basics with its own apps, and you likely won't do most of the same tasks with your watch as you would with your smartphone, but it can still be difficult to find apps to improve your watch's usability. It doesn't help that the Galaxy Store lumps in watch faces with applications, so scrolling through the top apps mostly amounts to scrolling through various clock styles.
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These days, there are two primary options for Android-compatible smartwatches. You can use a watch powered by Google's own Wear OS software, or pick up a Galaxy Watch from Samsung. Both platforms get most of the basics right, but depending on which features you care about the most, one might be better than the other for you.
In this guide, we'll go over the key differences between both platforms, so you can make an informed smartwatch purchase.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Watch 3 has been leaking like crazy recently. It first went through the FCC back in May, and then a report claimed that Samsung would announce the watch at an event in July. And now it looks like we're getting some even more specific confirmation of that announcement date thanks to a leaked product render.