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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 really wants to elevate Samsung's smartwatch game

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 really wants to elevate Samsung's smartwatch game

As we pointed out in our Galaxy Watch Active review, there's still room for improvement in an otherwise quite capable and affordably priced smartwatch. Samsung needed to have a few big-ticket items that have already been present on some other smartwatches. The company now seems to be doing just that.

The Galaxy Watch Active provides Samsung with a good base to work off of. It makes the rotating bezel for a sleek profile that's very light, thus making the smartwatch extremely comfortable to wear. Throw in a

Samsung is already working on the Galaxy Watch Active 2. It's going to be released in 40mm and 44m sizes, as evidenced by the very first live images of the upcoming smartwatch that we leaked online. There's no rotating bezel here so we can not just do it as well in the comfort department. While this might be enough to entice some fans to upgrade, the upcoming smartwatch will actually have much more to offer.

Several new Galaxy Watch Active 2 features were exclusively confirmed by us yesterday. This will be Samsung's first smartwatch that allows users to take an electrocardiogram or ECG from their wrist. Since health monitoring is a big deal for most people, this functionality is much appreciated by many. It will allow them to capture their heart.

Atrial fibrillation notifications will significantly improve the usefulness of Samsung's smartwatches as well. It's a quivering or irregular heartbeat which is left untreated can cause strokes, blood clots, heart failure and other complications. Millions of people across the globe are living with Afib. Since Afib is often asymptomatic (without symptoms), many individuals do not have that. The smartwatch wants to keep an eye out for the user and inform them of periods of irregular pulse that could be suggestive of Afib.

Lastly, Fall Detection wants to be a new addition to the Galaxy Watch Active 2 as well. The feature wants to nudge the user. If the user does not interact with the notification, he / she wants to pre-assigned contacts and even call emergency services.

To have, it will seem like Samsung has taken a lot of inspiration from the Apple Watch Series 4, so much so that perhaps it may not be classified as inspiration anymore. Should one waste time on this debate, though? If you use it within its ecosystem, the simple fact is that you can only ever get the best possible experience from a smartwatch. So while the Galaxy Watch Active can indeed sync up to iPhone it still leaves much to be desired. Similarly, you will not get the Apple Watch if you're unwilling to give up your Galaxy S10.

Samsung does not want to break any new ground with these features but it wants to be able to improve the experience for its customers who are loyal to the Galaxy ecosystem. Smartwatches already have significant limitations that companies like Samsung have to work within. They can not be too hefty or large and the circular design really is what makes the most sense for a device like this. There is not much wiggle room here. The Galaxy Watch Active already has some of the most sought-after features on a smartwatch. There's a built-in GPS and the ability to store music for offline listening, for example. You might hope for LTE connectivity and you can confirm that there's going to be LTE variant of the upcoming smartwatch.

ECG, Afib notifications and Fall Detection wants to prove to be really useful additions to the wearable device. Bixby has been a disappointment on the company's smartwatches since day one. So should a grudge be against Samsung for elevating the smartwatch experience for its customers? You already know which side we're on and we'd love to hear what you think about the matter. Drop a comment below and let's get the conversation started.

Samsung's smartwatch game appeared first on SamMobile.

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