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Galaxy Ring is the ray of hope classic watch lovers have been waiting for

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Last updated: January 18th, 2024 at 14:26 UTC+01:00

Samsung had a bit of a surprising “one more thing” moment at Galaxy Unpacked 2024 in San Jose. Nobody expected it, but around the one-hour mark, after the Galaxy S24 left the stage, Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Ring made a brief appearance on the big screens. It left us wanting more, so you could say that the company executed its teaser tactics to great effect. But what will the Galaxy Ring mean to Samsung Health users?

One of the best outcomes we expect from Samsung adding the Galaxy Ring to its fitness tracking device portfolio is that the ring will bring back classic watches. It will enable Health users to wear regular watches again without compromising their health and fitness data.

Nowadays, Samsung Health users who like wearing classic (non-smart) watches don't have that many choices. They can leave the Galaxy Watch behind and track their steps, and not much else, through their Galaxy phones. Or they can stop wearing the classic timepiece they might love in favor of a Galaxy Watch.

Story continues after our Galaxy Watch 6 Classic review video

I suppose a third option would be to wear a classic watch on one wrist and the Galaxy Watch on the other, but I'm sure not many people want to or feel comfortable doing that.

Fitness bands could also be a solution, but these devices offer limited tracking, and, let's be fair, they usually look somewhat tacky, especially next to classic watches.

So then, the Galaxy Ring might be the best answer for people who want to keep using Samsung Health and wear classic watches. It should be perfect for those who want to collect and analyze fitness and health data but aren't very fond of wearing Galaxy Watches, whether it's because they don't like how they look or prefer classic timepieces.

Galaxy Watch users will, too, love the Ring

On a final note, it's not just classic watch lovers who will benefit from the Galaxy Ring. We believe this small wearable could also attract hardcore fitness enthusiasts and Galaxy Watch fans.

Why? Because wearing a Galaxy Ring and a Galaxy Watch means having more data points. Samsung will probably make it so that Health users can get more accurate data or advanced features when wearing both a Ring and a Watch.

Exactly what Samsung will do to make the Galaxy Ring appealing to Watch wearers remains to be seen, and we can't wait for the next chapter in the story of the Ring and the Health platform. Whether you're a classic watch fan, a Galaxy Watch wearer, or neither, the Galaxy Ring could become the most popular gateway to the Samsung Health platform, especially if priced right.

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