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.
Sunday Runday Whether you're a new or experienced runner, Zombies, Run! and Marvel Move are two great tools for keeping you distracted, entertained, and motivated.
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Not long now Will Samsung give away a Galaxy Fit 3 with Galaxy S24 pre-orders, or wait closer to the Galaxy Watch 7 launch this summer?
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Holiday deals If you're hoping to buy a smartwatch or fitness tracker this holiday season, look no further than this expertly curated gift guide.
Skin temperature The Venu 3 steals some useful Forerunner running metrics and gets the sleep temperature readings we've waited months for.
Luxury health tracking Withings took its robust health sensors from the ScanWatch 2 and shoved them in the rugged ScanWatch Horizon with its stainless steel design.
Best for fitness training These are the best across the Venu, Forerunner, Vivoactive, Instinct, Epix, and other Garmin lineups, for every type of athlete.
Styluses galore Which Tab S, A, FE, and Active tablets work with Samsung's best stylus?
Gym gabbing The popular fitness app will now let you coordinate with your Mutuals or Followers, planning runs or rides or just praising them for a PR.
Sunday Runday Performance Condition tries to determine your current fitness level or race condition in six minutes. That's not enough time!
Nap time! You no longer need to download beta software to get the coolest Venu 3 tricks on your new Forerunner watch.
Casual quality The COROS HRM arm strap gives you accurate heart rate data for your gym workouts, runs, and bike rides. It's a simple purpose, but COROS handles it very well.
January 1 sucks I can't think of a worse time to start your body's self-improvement than January 1. That is, unless you've already spent December getting a running start on your fitness goals.
Ready to grow Threads will reportedly add another 40 million users by expanding to the EU in December, though it'll still fall short of Twitter/X...for now.
Mixed reality Samsung's mixed-reality headset will challenge Apple with Google's own software. Here's what we know, from its specs to its design.
Déjà vu This is the second generation in a row that Meta has sold a defective, expensive accessory out of the gate, and it's frustrating to see.
🎵 Stayin' alive 🎵 Certain account actions like downloading a digital book or uploading a YouTube video will make your Google account permanently safe from deletion, according to its current policies.
VR savings! Meta's Quest 3 accessories are overpriced, when you can get 3rd-party options that are arguably as good, if not better, for about half the price. And during Cyber Monday, the prices are even better.
Cyber Monday You can grab the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) for just $54 thanks to this great deal. And since Amazon is probably going to stop selling the 2nd-gen smart display soon, now could be your last chance.
All-in-one Intimidated by turntables, amplifiers, and other vinyl necessities? This 1 by One record player is a great all-in-one option for playing LPs or streaming music from your Android phone.
Cyber Monday The Shokz OpenFit ($30 off) and OpenRun Pro ($55 off) are two great outdoor workout options that'll keep your ears unencumbered.
Cyber Monday Don't assume the higher-numbered watch is the better one; you're better off with the Forerunner 255.