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After not getting wearable for a while – see the original Galaxy Gear for evidence – Samsung really improved things with the Gear S2and Gear S3, which combines an excellent design with a simple interface and that great rotating bezel. Inevitably, rumors are accumulating about a Gear S4 smart watch, ready to replace the Gear S3 2016. This is what we think we know about it.
Samsung hit a home run with its Tizen operating system. While Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) has improved by leaps and bounds, it is still not as intuitive as Tizen. However, we would expect to see Tizen as the Samsung Gear S4.
So, what kind of changes should we expect to see in Tizen? First of all, there's a good chance we'll see Bixby's deep integration into Samsung's next wearable. Samsung executives have said on numerous occasions that they plan to integrate Bixby into all their products, but have not presented a clear roadmap. With improvements in Bixby with the release of the Galaxy S9 and a rumored Bixby Speaker on the way, it only makes sense that we should see it appear in Samsung's wearables in the near future.
In addition to the integration of Bixby, it seems that Samsung has some other tricks in the sleeve for the Gear S4. A report from SamMobile indicates that the company is greatly improving its sleep tracking technology for the Gear S4, as well as improving its fitness tracking functions.
In general, we do not expect to see major software changes in the Gear S4. Samsung already has a winning formula with Tizen, so it is unlikely to make drastic changes in the operating system. We mainly expect to see improved health tracking features and a more refined general user experience.
But according to a recent tweet from the Evan Blbad mobile filter, Samsung employees have been seen using Gear smart watches that use Wear OS instead of Tizen.
Seen on the wrists of Samsung employees: Gear clocks that do not work with Tizen, but use the operating system.
– Evan Blbad (@evleaks) May 23, 2018
Although it is still unclear if Samsung will trade with its own operating system for Google Wear OS, the rumor comes only a few weeks after Google I / Or, where the company expanded a variety of features it plans to launch this year. Wear OS was also recently renewed to include a new name and logo: by removing the name of Android (from Android Wear), the hope is that people do not think that the operating system is strictly linked to Android phones. This way, those with an iPhone will be eager to use it too.
While we still have to see the filtered images or design suggestions on the Gear S4 (who knows, maybe it will be a pocket watch), Samsung may have been concentrating its efforts on that great point of pain Wearable: better battery life. A patent application in the United States suggests that Samsung will use a special case to recharge a smart watch or other wireless charging device, in motion, simply by attaching them, extending the life of the battery without using a larger battery or reducing the characteristics .  samsung gear s4 news watch case load “/>
The patent describes a case, which looks like a normal folio case, with a wireless charging system inside and a type C USB connector that connects it to the phone. Concentrating on the applications with the clock, it seems that the two must be in contact with each other to activate the charge. It may not happen at a certain distance, so the watch, when it is on your wrist, will not be charged from a phone in your pocket. It's a shame, but it's the result of a restriction of inductive wireless charging systems. For a real short-range wireless load, we will have to wait until systems like Energous are perfected.
Battery cases are usually bulky and it is not clear if the system uses the phone's battery or one in the new case. The latter would be the best, since it could also charge your phone. If you buy a smart watch, you want to use it, which you can not do if you run out of battery. The use of GPS is also becoming more common in smart watches, and it is notoriously hungry for power. Recharging the battery without the need to charge another charger, or find a power outlet, after a race or other sporting event would be a definite benefit.
Before getting too excited, however, it is worth remembering that patents are filed all the time, and not all end up becoming final products. This does not specifically mention the Gear S4, but time can be more than a coincidence. It also does not provide solid details about how technology will work. However, it sounds viable, and it's not too futuristic. After all, the Gear S3 uses wireless charging now, through its own dock.
In terms of specifications, there is not much to follow now. Although we definitely anticipate a processor crash for the Gear S4, things are a bit dicey. While Apple continues to update its processor every year for the Apple Watch, it seems that Qualcomm has virtually abandoned its usable processors. The company's latest processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, was already outdated since its launch more than two years ago.
However, there are hopes. In 2016, Samsung created its own wearables chip, the Exynos 7 Dual 7270. The chip used a much more efficient 14-nanometer processor scale compared to the 28-nanometer scale used by the Snapdragon Wear 2100. In addition to being more efficient, The Exynos chip also takes up less space, allowing more battery space. While the Exynos 7 Dual 7270 is definitely one step ahead of the weadbles Snapdragon processor of the current generation, we would anticipate a newer chip for the Samsung Gear S4.
Speaking of batteries, we anticipate that Samsung will improve the total battery life of the next Gear S4. A smaller and more efficient processor is one of the ways in which the next Samsung device could gain the life of the battery, there are also some more novel possibilities like a secondary battery in the watch strap.
Version and price
In the past, Samsung announced its new smart watches in August and launched them shortly before the Christmas shopping season begins in November. However, in 2016, the company surprised everyone when they did not present any new watches. So, what should we expect in 2018?
Our best guess is that Samsung will return to its announcement cycle of its portable line at IFA 2018 in August. That means we would see the clocks in the store before November.
The details about the prices are incomplete too, but we would expect Samsung to keep at least one of its wearables at the optimal point of the $ 350-400 smartwatch. We would also not be surprised if a low-end model were introduced to compete with the affordable smart watches from Fossil Group.
Although there are still many details to complete, we will keep it updated as we learn more about the upcoming Samsung Gear S4.
Updated May 23: Rumors suggest that the Samsung Gear S4 smart watch will run WearOS
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