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.
Classic vs. Pro Should you upgrade from the long-lasting Watch 5 Pro to get the 6 Classic's faster performance and physically rotating bezel?
Garmin + JL Audio Garmin's new company specializes in car speakers, marine speakers, and subwoofers. How does that relate to Garmin's smartwatches?
How do the two heavyweights of the wearable world compare? Samsung made some key changes over the Galaxy Watch 5 that makes the Watch 6 even more competitive against Apple's 2022 watch.
Pixel Watch update These latest vulnerabilities let bad actors "escalate" their access to your watch data and permissions without you doing anything wrong. Time to install it!
Personalized heart rate zones aside, Samsung still isn't doing enough to make its fitness-loving fans happy.
5G? While we can't be certain the Meta Quest 3 will have 5G support, we've heard previous rumors that the headset would be able to stream PC-quality VR games over cellular networks.
Oops Samsung wants people focused on the Tab S9 series, so it probably shouldn't have accidentally reminded us that a cheaper Fan Edition version is a few months out.
Wear OS 3 has been available for about two years, and while it offers a massive improvement over its predecessor, Wear OS 4 will make Android smartwatches better than ever.
Fingers crossed The Venu 2 Plus is our favorite fitness smartwatch; here's hoping the Venu 3 takes that template and adds even more upgrades.
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.
Collabs are here YouTube Shorts is getting a much-needed glow-up with Remixes, pulled effects from other Shorts, and easier editing tools for turning old landscape videos into portrait Shorts.
Meta Quest Meta's new tech demos make you look like a robot or insect, and they're not ready for consumers, but they're the future of VR or mixed reality.
Catch up, Apple Samsung's new IP68 rating for its flagship tablets doesn't make them fully waterproof, but they're a heck of a lot more durable than ever.
Don't settle! If you are looking to add a smart video camera to your home security setup but are put off by Ring's business practices, there are plenty of great alternatives.
Getting the school year started can be a little intimidating, but we found the best tablets to help middle school, high school, or college students navigate the semester with success.
This arm HRM strap will give you 38 hours of tracking per charge, weighs just 19g total, and has 3ATM water resistance.
AI and Threads Until the Meta Quest 3 arrives, Reality Labs is only going to continue to hemmorage money. But the company's ad revenue is growing so strongly that it may not matter.
Aside from the return of the Classic, how much has actually changed? You might be surprised!
The bezel is back We can't gush enough about the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic's rotating bezel, but the base Watch 6 may still be better for most.
The latest Samsung Galaxy foldable was revealed at Galaxy Unpacked. Here's what you need to know!
Rumored to cost somewhere in the $200–$300 range, Project Q will allow you to play your PS5 games remotely, and it'll apparently use Android software behind the scenes to organize your games.
Sunday Runday When watches gamify fitness, there will come a time when you have no choice but to lose the game. And your fitness app is designed to make you feel bad about it.
If you're a runner, you want to find a wearable that can keep up. We've rounded up some of the best running smartwatches out there!
Quest v56 is one of the biggest updates to the platform we've seen, making us excited for what the Quest 3 will offer next.