Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 may be coming a lot sooner than you think

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

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  • A new rumor claims Samsung will launch its next-gen Galaxy Watch 4 series smartwatches sometime in the second quarter of the year.
  • The Galaxy Watch 4 series will apparently include two models: Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4.
  • Samsung's upcoming Galaxy smartwatches are expected to offer non-invasive blood glucose monitoring and run on Google's Wear OS platform.

Last month, a rumor claimed that Samsung's next smartwatch will ditch Tizen for Google's Wear OS platform. Noted Samsung leaker Ice Universe, has now claimed in a new tweet that the next Galaxy smartwatches will be unveiled sometime in Q2 2021.

As per the tweet, Samsung will be launching two new smartwatches: Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch Active 4. While the Galaxy Watch 4 will be a successor to Samsung's current best Android smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active 4 will be a follow-up to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 from 2019.

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Samsung was previously expected to launch its next Galaxy smartwatch alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip successors sometime in the third quarter of the year. Similar to the Galaxy Watch 3, the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series smartwatches are likely to be offered in two different sizes and in Bluetooth and LTE variants.

As per a report published by Korean publication ETNews earlier this year, the Galaxy Watch 4 will be Samsung's first smartwatch to come with non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. The feature is expected to utilize Raman spectroscopy (opens in new tab) and will allow people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose without having to prick their fingers to extract blood drops. The rest of the key features and specs of the upcoming smartwatches haven't been leaked yet.

Babu Mohan
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  • Curious to see what they do with the Galaxy Watch 3 especially if they move to Wear OS which is being rumoured.
  • I really don't understand Samsung's strategy. OG Samsung Watch went over 2 years before the GW3 update. Now it's less than a year before the new GW. This certainly explains the huge price drop. The Active line is even more confusing with the many releases in a short time span. Not a lot of significant changes in the features or hardware, and many of the features eventually came to the older models via updates.
  • This is bad... wear os is horrible and i don't know what samsung can do to make it any better
  • I have a feeling that Sammy will split the baby. The Active watches will retain Tizen. The Traditional Galaxy watches will have WearOS.
  • If that's the way it goes I'll keep my GW3 than
  • I'm actually looking forward to seeing what Samsung can do with WearOS. If done correctly, this could be the definitive smartwatch.