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.
Space Force Military members can skip their U.S. Air Force physical fitness assessments if their Garmin watch says they're healthy.
Quest 3 coming soon AC's Michael Hicks and Nick Sutrich are gathering all the most important VR news in a weekly round-up every Saturday to cover everything you missed.
This may not be a Wear OS watch many of you have heard of, but it does rely on Fossil software — only a particularly buggy version of it.
Decisions, decisions More and more people are choosing smartwatches (or regular watches) over fitness trackers, but you may or may not want to consider a more petite fitness option.
Tips and tricks Out of the box, the Galaxy Watch 6 has plenty of useful tools left disabled by default. We're here to make sure you get the most out of your new smartwatch.
A foggy future Turns out Meta isn't the only company having serious problems coming up with a workable augmented reality prototype. Behind the scenes, Google's AR division is in trouble.
The next Fitbit? Fitbit is long-overdue to release a new Charge 6 tracker. Unfortunately, the latest FCC filing suggests a more low-end tracker instead.
Sign up now COROS, one of our favorite running smartwatch brands, is implementing a major update this August, adding turn-by-turn navigation, custom watch faces, new trail running workouts, and more.
ZZZZZZ Garmin watches can't track daytime napping, and don't let you trigger manual sleep tracking. That could finally change when the Garmin Venu 3 launches next month.
Sunday Runday Amazfit's new watch "engineered for runners" is better than I expected, with key areas where it over- or underperforms compared to other running watches from Garmin, COROS, and others.
Tab S9 The Galaxy Tab S9 looks very much like the Tab S8, but under the hood, you'll find plenty of differences for this new version. Enough to upgrade from your current tablet? We'll help you decide.
Game on your ceiling Samsung's portable projector has a 1080p resolution with HDR, 100,000:1 contrast, 60Hz refresh rate, 360º 5W speaker, and 230 ANSI Lumen — very similar to the Gen 1 model.
Google Assistant 9to5Google found convincing evidence that the Galaxy Watch 6 and Pixel Watch could soon get a dedicated Assistant tile with suggested commands and the option to add your own shortcuts.
Cough up more $ For the second year in a row, Amazon is nickel-and-diming its Prime Music Unlimited customers with another $10 annual increase.
Ready, set, draw! Aching to incorporate freehand lines into your digital creations? It sounds like you need a drawing tablet! We've put together the best models for your perusing pleasure.
Boring is good The Galaxy Watch 6 is a familiar, reliable smartwatch for fans of Wear OS, while the return of the rotating bezel is a welcome one. But battery life continues to be a concern.
Make good decisions Samsung has some of the right pieces in place, but the headset itself doesn't have the sleek design or the horsepower necessary to compete with Apple's 2024 headset.
Sunday Runday Apple markets its watches as life-saving technology. Other companies don't have the same marketing strategy but do have wearable tech that is meant to kick in during a crisis.
Care Plus Want to know whether Apple or Samsung does a better job at insuring your phones, tablets, watches, and other tech? Let's run through the differences.
Smartwatch or tracker? The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro is one of our favorite fitness trackers of 2022. Now, the Smart Band 8 Pro is arriving in August with a few upgrades.
Amazing AMOLED Earlier this year, I called the Forerunner 955 the "best runner's watch, period." Now Garmin is making me eat my words.
Getting your 4K content on a TV is easy, but which TV you plug it into is also extremely important when seeking the best 4K TV for Chromecast.
Whether you need a watch for a young kid, a high schooler, or a college student, we have the best picks for any scenario.
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?