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Galaxy watch 4 what's the point?

(Topic created: 08-28-2021 01:21 AM)
userv7msOqdtX9
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What's the point of having android on a watch? When you get no Facebook messenger or Signal notifications? No Gmail app, no WhatsApp app (at least you get notifications for both) No Google assistant, No browser... 

This watch offers you no more than 50 EUR Chinese fitness band. Totally disappointed I am bringing it back to the store. This is not what you expect when you buy an ANDROID smart watch. This is not a smartwatch it is a fitness band. However the marketing suggests you like it was a smart watch, like Apple watch however it is not, it is just an overpriced fitness band. 

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MrBrazil
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I am certified as lvl 1 for Samsung Care ( I had to have it, I managed many large events, retail experiences, etc, where we always introduced the newest tech directly to consumers), and I helped them launch a few smart watches after but none of them convinced me to trade my Samsung Gear S3. Now, I don't think it is fair to always end up comparing vs Apple (not a fan of Apple watch neither, or how their ecosystem is made to force brand loyalty rather than encourage it), but I think you have a point in your comparison. The biggest thing here is : Marketing ! They changed it along with new line of products, but in reality it is a mess and if not fixed soon will undermine what they built towards loyal customers. Not launching a new Note (putting S-pen in other models is not same), rebranding smart watch line names as they move away from tizen to an ANDROID-ONLY watch (their biggest advantages in many eyes : connectivity beyond samsung on smart devices to use with other brands including Apple, and allowing to expand memory with micro sd cards instead of charging astronomical prices for a small bump in memory or for cloud services, are now both gone).
The names ? HUGE mistake ! The new Galaxy Watch is basically a new model of the Active line (so yes, evolved from fitness bands!) while the "classic" model is in line with "frontier" before and other names they come up with to confuse people, because those are the ACTUAL smart watches (and the bezel still works better than edge screen, sorry not sorry).
So, I am writing to say that I find this new venture of using a new software built by Google and Samsung for their watches, disappointing and questionable at the time. It is neither here nor there. You have google play store, but still need to do everything through samsung acct. Many apps that you would expect, wont work. Why change if you still force Bixby instead of google assist. as well as Samsung Health for all the bells and whistles of the fitness band kind. Seems like a compromise, it is android wear os, but not really.... because it restricts it even more than just as a watch to pair with android phones, it really is now mostly just for samsung ecosystem users.
So, I also tried it, and liked it even less than last year's model so I'm passing up on upgrading because still like my samsung gear s3 frontier better. When prices keep hiking up, and despite new tech the overall result is worse than models from 2, 3 years before, you know something is not right. And I got the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 as part of my upgrade program (I have a Note 5G Ultra), been testing it but sure doesn't feel like an upgrade to me from my Note !! 😅 Veridict is still out, will decide by monday if keeping or returning it (in favor of staying with amazing camera of my Note Ultra, and expandable memory, versus the large foldable internal screen on Fold3 - which unlike marketing material does not go flat, you ALWAYS see the fold in middle even as fully open).
Long story short : agreed, hard pass on Galaxy Watch 4 (even the Classic) until they work out kinks with new Wear OS and running apps on it.
Disclaimer : I am an International Journalist, marketer, and Google Guide and despite having worked for both Samsung and Google under contracts before I do not represent neither brand. My views and reviews I publish online in several languages are not funded in any way by any brand, and I try to offer objective & unbiased reviews for readers. Samsung lost me as advocate and brand ambassador with changes last couple of years, but I remained a customer (until now that is, the market is getting more interesting and both big brands, apple and samsung, are losing a lot of market to others and failing to see why). I worked with Google after turning down to represent this brand, and seeing how amazingly google hardware works due to their software focus (pixel photos are AMAZING, due to their AI) I had high hopes for what they would do together. Sad
TheGalaxy
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Man!
That's a long post
kateyes
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I get FB, messenger and Gmail notifications. Why do you need a browser on your watch? I actually don't even use mine for fitness.
Adaboy
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Yeah I'm not browsing on a watch
LongHiker
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@userv7msOqdtX9 I have a Gear S3, a Galaxy Watch 3 and now a Galaxy Watch 4. I still get the same notifications and same capabilities that I had with the previous watches. 

user1TfutVARn0
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I am sending mine back as it doesn't work with the Note 20 Ultra and is a huge disappointment, no gmail app, not Facebook, no Instagram can't receive any notifications of any kind not even messages! Very limited apps in the store as well.
Will stick with my Galaxy Active 2 with Tizen!
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LongHiker
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@user1TfutVARn0 "I am sending mine back as it doesn't work with the Note 20 Ultra..."

That is incorrect.

Installed my Galaxy Watch 4 with my Note 20 Ultra unlocked on AT&T and everything is working fine.

user1TfutVARn0
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That is what At&t technical support told me.
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