Samsung confirms its next Galaxy Watch lineup will get AI features, but what about the Galaxy Ring?

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Samsung has officially announced the integration of AI wellness tools into its upcoming “next Galaxy Watch lineup” as part of the One UI Watch 6 operating system. Building on the success of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, which has already secured a spot on our best smartwatch list, Samsung aims to bolster its fitness capabilities with AI-driven personalization and processing.

The highlight of these AI-powered tools is the introduction of an Energy Score, a novel metric designed to provide users with a comprehensive understanding of their daily condition. By analyzing various personal health metrics such as average sleep time, sleep time consistency, bed/wake time consistency, sleep timing, previous day activity, sleeping heart rate, and heart rate variability, users can gain valuable insights into their overall well-being. This appears to be Samsung’s equivalent of Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score, but enhanced by machine learning algorithms for more accurate assessments.

Additionally, the new AI features include personalized wellness tips tailored to individual activity levels, as well as enhanced sleep insights generated by Samsung’s AI sleep algorithm. This algorithm tracks movement during sleep to provide users with a more accurate assessment of restfulness or restlessness.

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Another noteworthy addition is the Workout Routine tool, which leverages AI to create customized workout plans based on users’ training history. Cyclists will also benefit from Cycling workouts on the Galaxy Watch, which, when used with an Android smartphone and power meter, can calculate Functional Threshold Power—a crucial cycling metric—in just 10 minutes.

While the exact release date and lineup details for the new watches are yet to be revealed, Samsung has hinted at the possibility of existing watches, like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6, gaining access to these features through a One UI Watch 6 software update. Furthermore, selected Galaxy Watch users will have the opportunity to test these features via a beta program starting in June, suggesting that current watches may be capable of supporting some of these functionalities.

In terms of speculation, recent rumors suggest that Samsung may introduce a mainline Galaxy Watch 7, a more affordable version (potentially the Galaxy Watch FE), and a premium version, possibly named the Galaxy Watch Ultra. Given Samsung’s emphasis on accessibility to its AI wellness tools across the entire lineup, it’s likely that even the budget-friendly models will benefit from these features.

Moreover, insights from Samsung’s VP of Health, Dr. Hon Pak, indicate that the AI wellness tools and Energy Score will also be incorporated into the Samsung Galaxy Ring. This suggests that Samsung Health users can access these features on the Ring, while the watches will offer additional activity-based tools and functionalities.