Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Rumors Hint at Longer Battery Life, Temperature Sensing

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 already has many health tracking features, fast performance and a slick design. It’s also the first smartwatch powered by the new one carry operating system software that Samsung and Google created together. But if the rumors are true, the Galaxy Watch 5 could bring longer battery life and even more wellness features.

I also hope that Samsung will do more to support Google’s software and services. The Galaxy Watch 4 currently feels trapped between the Google and Samsung ecosystems, as my colleague Scott Stein wrote his review.

Samsung hasn’t said a word about plans for its next smartwatch, although the company usually unveils new wearables in August. Details on the cooperation with Samsung with google on carry operating system came out at last year’s Google I/O conference, so it’s possible that some software details will arrive at this year’s Google I/O on May 11th. There haven’t been many rumors about the next Galaxy Watch yet, but here’s our best guess at what Samsung is planning based on leaks and previous launches from the company.

A possible August announcement

Only Samsung knows when the next Galaxy Watch will come. But the company has a history of launching new wearables in August alongside other new products. For example the Galaxy Watch 4 debuted last August during the Galaxy Watch 3 arrived in August 2020. Samsung has already launched a number of new gadgets in 2022, from which Galaxy S22 lineup to the cheaper ones Galaxy S21 FENew laptops and tablets. The only thing we haven’t heard about is smartwatches, so there’s a chance Samsung will save that for its signature Unpacked event in August.

A larger battery than the Galaxy Watch 4

One of the downsides 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 SamMobile claims it found a regulatory filing indicating the 40mm 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.

A longer battery life would make the Galaxy Watch 5 a more capable sleep tracker since you might not need to charge it every night. It would also help Samsung catch up Fitbit in that regard, since its sense and verse 3 Watches can last for 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) since you might not need to charge it as often.

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It could take your temperature

The Galaxy Watch 4 can already monitor metrics like your body composition, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate. According to Korean news outlet ETNews, Samsung could boost its health ambitions by adding body temperature tracking to the Galaxy Watch 5. The report doesn’t go into much detail, except that Samsung “has developed technology that can measure body temperature as accurately as possible.” Samsung declined to comment on ETNews’ report.

Measuring body temperature is nothing new for wearables. Ouras The wellness ring of the same name can take the temperature of your finger to detect changes that may be occurring in your body. Fitbit devices like the Sense and Versa 3 can also detect temperature.

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The Oura wellness ring can measure the temperature.

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If Samsung adds temperature measurement to its next smartwatch, it would be another sign that wearables have become comprehensive health and wellness devices. Metrics like measuring blood oxygen saturation are now fairly common on wearables from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, and Garmin.

It will likely run Wear OS

Samsung hasn’t announced any details about its next smartwatch yet. But since the Galaxy Watch 4 keeps running carry operating system, it seems plausible that its successor will do the same. Google and Samsung have collaborated on the development of the new Wear OS, which means Samsung is likely committed to using this software for its future smartwatches.

Samsung was the first company to launch a smartwatch running on Google’s new Wear OS. But the landscape will soon become more competitive the new Wear OS expected to arrive on watches from other companies like TicWatch, Fossil and Google’s Fitbit brand. We’re expecting to hear more about what’s next for Wear OS during Google I/O.

What to expect from the Galaxy Watch 5

Longer battery life and new health monitoring features are always appreciated. But what we really want from the Galaxy Watch 5 is software that makes it feel like a full part of the Google 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 largely rely on Samsung’s apps.

Sure, the company is addressing that to some extent Bring Google Assistant to his watch. However, we’re hoping for tighter Google integration in the next release that will really make the Galaxy Watch 5 feel like the ultimate Android smartwatch.


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