What are you more excited about: Samsung Gear S4 or Google Pixel Watch?

What are you more excited about: Samsung Gear S4 or Google Pixel Watch?
After years of trying to build Tizen as a successful platform for smartphones, Samsung suddenly had an "a-ha!" moment and repurposed it for use with its own smartwatches. Turns out it was a great idea as Samsung's Gear S line of wearables has been getting more and more traction, while Google's Wear OS (previously known as Android Wear) was kind of tossed aside and ignored despite the fact that Google has been signing deals with various 3rd party manufacturers to make smartwatches that work on its platform.

However, it seems that Google is preparing a return. At this year's Google I/O event, the company unveiled a heap of new features and improvements coming to its Wear OS platform. An improved Google Assistant that'd work straight from your wrist is a center point of the upcoming update, but improved health and fitness tracking features are coming along as well.

While nothing is certain, we have heard a ton of rumors about an upcoming Pixel Watch — probably more than one model, even — which will, allegedly, be announced alongside the third generation of Pixel phones later this year. We would expect that these supposed Pixel Watches will show the best of Wear OS with snappy performance and hardware that works with and fully complements the software.

On the other hand, we have Samsung's Gear S4 — which is also unconfirmed. 2016's Gear S3 really pulled the rug from under its competitors with a phenomenal battery life, a round design with a rotating bezel, the ability to make phone calls with an integrated microphone and speaker, and the ability to work on both Android and iOS platforms. It's safe to say that fans are kind of excited to see where Samsung is going to take its technology with the next iteration of the Gear S line.

But which one are you more excited about? A first-ever Google-branded smartwatch, or the return of the battery life king?


What's more exciting to you?

I can't wait to see a Google Pixel Watch!
35.27%
The Gear S4 can't come too soon!
41.73%
I absolutely can't decide. Both are so exciting, I am about to implode
14.83%
Smartwatches? Who cares about smartwatches?
8.17%

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18 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 6900; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If the Google Pixel watch has project Soli on board, then I am on board.

17. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Of course Gear is the winner. But how ppl could even care about smartwatches?? What is the point of them? Stupid category made for to milk the dumb tech-snobs. One nice slim wrist-band could do the job. Even much cheaper and more practical.

2. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

android wear is dead and if you a Samsung user like me you won't care about the pixel watch anyway the Tizen os is far better than wear os in every way also judging from the look and build quality of current pixel devices it wont compare to Samsung gear

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6900; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android Wear or now Wear OS is far from dead. Especially when you can use Android code and use it with little to no changes, except for UI, and input modifications, but you would have to make UI and input changes for any smart watch. Plus there is a number of watch OEMs using and selling Android Wear/Wear OS smart watches. Only Samsung sells Tizen OS based smart watches. Not to mention there is a lot more Wear OS apps.

15. sachouba

Posts: 264; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

What's the point of apps on a smartwatch? Even developers for the Apple Watch have finally understood that they were useless, and many of them are deleting their apps for the App Store. Among the few useful apps for a smartwatch, there is Spotify... which is available on Tizen.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Pixel watch is what I'm waiting for.

5. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm curious about it but until it is actually solid, I'm indifferent.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Whichever has blood pressure monitoring.

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

undervalued feature. have you found an app for the s9 yet that will measure it?

7. c.m.s

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Non of these, battery times are still a joke on ”normal” smartwatches. For me its Garmin (Fenix 5X) all the way, I use the watch mainly for training/health and outdoor activities.

8. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

The pixel will have to impress for me to care. Full round, ideally with rotating bezel, 5 day battery life etc.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6900; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With project soli you don't need a rotating bezel.

9. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

As a pixel lover - I hope against hope that the watch will have minimal bezels- Google please...

10. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Anyone who picks wear OS over the Gear S has clearly never used Samsung's awesome tizen based watches. It is leaps ahead of Android Wear (or whatever they want to be called these days) & to me even better than Apple's watch software.

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 1901; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Wow it is so obvious you’ve never used either Googles offerings or Apples offerings, otherwise you wouldn’t have made such an untrue and basically idiotic statement regarding smart watches. Unless you’re trolling, that’s also a likely possibility. Anyhow enough of your stupidity. The Gear S4 with some Google apps, like Maps, Keep, Music, etc, would be an awesome combo. The Samsung watches are in dire need of some good apps. The Apple Watch needs a dedicated step count complication, and is in dire need of an always-on option.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Feature wise, I totally agree with you, but optimization wise the Apple Watch kills the Gear to me. I recently sold my Gear S3, and Iconx2018 due to poor update optimization. Samsung has to improve the optimization quality of its accessories. Apple Watch is kinda boring feature wise, but offers a much better end user experience...for me at least.

13. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

The app. Development on Samsung tizan is lackluster, but the pixel watch needs sleep tracking.

18. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

To be more useful, the smartwatch needs to have cellular and a good voice assistant. Gear S3 is nice, as watch, fitness tracker with GPS and bluetooth music. I would leave my phone more often at home, if the watch could just do some more basic phone stuff. In the retroperspective, i would have choosen the amazfit 2 over S3 which offers just as much, with the transflective display, for half the price.

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