Michael L Hicks
Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.
For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.
Happy birthday? The PSVR 2 is a very good device, but it's overshadowed by the wireless Quest 3 and a lack of well-known IPs compared to the original PSVR.
Doggo fitness Strava is partnering with Fi dog collars to gamify your dog walks, showing whether you're giving your best friend enough exercise.
Mental controls Appearing on a podcast, Zuckerberg talked about his Vision Pro roast and described how his new neural band will exhibit the "power of AI" when it launches in a "few years."
Running watches We break down all the ways the Forerunner 165 beats the 55 in features — and how it falls short of the Forerunner 265.
Sunday Runday Hikers need a watch that ensures you'll never get lost, or you can call for help if you do. These are my favorite brands and the things they do better than their rivals.
Useful sweat Apple's patent shows plans for a sensor that would detect "average sweat rate or total fluid loss" over the course of a workout, integrated into the Apple Watch.
Blast from the past In the early days of Pixel Fold rumors, we heard about two Google prototypes: "Passport" and "Jumbojack." This week, someone with access to a Jumbojack foldable but the device up for sale.
VR wars Apple and Meta are the two major players in mixed reality, and both are selling "competing" products within the next year — though at completely opposite price points.
Generative AI Google has rebranded its Bard AI as Gemini AI, but it's more than a name change. Here's what's new and whether you'll need to pay for it.
VR console wars His Instagram pseudo-review attacked the Vision Pro's apparent flaws like weight, motion blur, and lack of apps.
Galaxy AI Samsung's Buds 2 and Buds FE earbuds can now work with Live Translation and Interpretation, provided you have a Galaxy S24 phone connected to them.
Bargain running watches The PACE 3 costs much less than the Forerunner 255, but both have very similar tech. Is Garmin's MIP running watch worth paying extra for?
Sunday Runday I've tested the Apple Watch Ultra 2 for the past few months, and it's changed what I want from smartwatches. Worse, it's made me a fan of the squircle.
Adapted audio If you want to connect your Bluetooth headphones to the PS5 without using the DualSense controller's 3.5mm port, you'll need a PS5 Bluetooth adapter.
Affordable health data Motorola's new budget tracker sounds very similar to its past watches, except with a band-sized display and a lower price. Will it be able to compete with Samsung or Xiaomi?
AMOLED upgrade Garmin running watches are among the best, but they're not cheap. The Forerunner 165 should offer upgrades over 55 and 255; the only question is how much it'll cost.
New tricks The big hook to the new Galaxy S24 series is Galaxy AI. We run through what it does, why Samsung will eventually make you pay for it, and whether or not you should be excited.
Time to get fit There are fitness bands — and then there are smartwatches. But some smartwatches can pull double duty in the fitness space, too. These are the best ones.
Budget wristwatch Following in the footsteps of the Apple Watch SE, Samsung will sell a Galaxy Watch FE, according to two leakers.
To the top Once again, I wore way too many smartwatches to help you figure out which watches will give you accurate results when it comes to your next trail hike or climb.
v62 update Meta wants to be the "Android of VR," and apparently that starts by offering a lot of Apple's software tricks in a much more affordable headset.
Q4 2024 earnings Meta is still losing billions every quarter on Reality Labs and AI investments, but its ad revenue was so absurdly high that it still made more money than ever.
No answers Most Fitbit Charge 5s now last less than a day per charge, if they turn on at all. And Google's response thus far has been to tell people to buy newer Fitbits instead.