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The limits of Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 with non-Samsung smartphones

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In terms of Smartwatches, Samsung has a wide lineup of its Galaxy Watch series. These Galaxy Watches offer an enormous amount of features, which can be used only when paired with a compatible smartphone device. However, non-Samsung smartphone users always wonder whether they can use these Watches with their phones or not. So, the answer is “Yes, but with some limitations”. 

The Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 are Samsung’s latest offerings in the smartwatch market, boasting advanced features and powerful hardware. However, these devices come with some limitations when used with non-Samsung smartphones. Today, we are focusing on the WearOS booted Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5, in particular, what are the limitations of using them with a non-Samsung smartphone. Notably, before knowing the limitations, we must know the requirements to find out which non-Samsung devices are able to pair with the above-mentioned Galaxy Watches. The respective information can be found below. 

Requirements for using Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4

To pair the Galaxy Watch 4 with a smartphone, it should have an Android 6.0 or a later version, and to pair the Galaxy Watch 5, it must have Android 8.0 or a later version, no matter if it is a Galaxy phone or a non-Samsung smartphone. Along with it, the device should also be able to use Google Services in it. Additionally, the Galaxy Watch 5 also requires the smartphone should have at least 1.5GB of RAM. 

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Nota bene, the Galaxy Watches before the Watch 4 can be paired with iOS phones as well, but from the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung has removed this ability. 

Limits of using Galaxy Watches in a non-Samsung phone

Indeed, the Galaxy Watches (particularly the Watch 4 and Watch 5) can be used with a compatible non-Samsung smartphone, but still, it shortens the usability and limits the services/features of the respective phones. These do have a lineup of features that can be accessed with a Galaxy phone pairing only. The services of Galaxy Watches that you can’t use in a non-Samsung phone are mentioned below. 

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Notably, a user can not use the Samsung Pay services on the Galaxy Watch if it isn’t paired with a Galaxy smartphone. Apart from this, some health tracking features are also available in the Galaxy Watch, which requires the Samsung Health Tracker app to access them; hence, a non-Samsung smartphone can not use them because of lacking Samsung’s Health Tracker application. 

How to use Galaxy Watch with a non-Samsung smartphone?

To pair the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 5, first, you must check if your device is compatible or not. If yes, then first pair the phone with the Galaxy Watch through Bluetooth. Afterward, connect it with the Galaxy Wearable app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. After the successful connection, you can activate the Google Assistant service. 


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Galaxy Watch 7 Could Powered By Exynos W1000 chip

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Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Watch 7 is in an actively developing phase and is expected to introduce a new naming system for Galaxy smartwatch processors. 

Initially, Samsung switched to WearOS with the Galaxy Watch 4, powered by the Exynos W920 chip. Since then, the giant has also changed the naming scheme for their smartwatch processors. The same chipset, ‘Exynos W920, carried over to the next Galaxy Watch 5 lineup. 

The current Galaxy Watch 6 is powered by an upgraded chipset named the Exynos W930, and it is expected that this will carry over to the next-generation Galaxy Watch 7 series as well. Recent reports suggest that an Exynos chip, likely to be named W1000, will power the Galaxy Watch 7. Although this naming scheme could be suitable, the key point is that it would better convince consumers that the new chip is a major upgrade as compared to the previous chip. 

Although the model number for this new iteration is yet to come into existence, and usually the simple word is just not a part of the Korean giant, it will be interesting to see what turn this report will take in the future.. 

On the other hand, previous leaks already revealed the forthcoming Galaxy Watch 7 could offer three variants, including standard, classic, and pro, with hints at monster battery life and more. It is also supposed to be launched at the Galaxy Unpacked event in early July 2024.


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Île-de-France Mobilités & Samsung Expand Transport Tickets On Galaxy Watches

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Île-de-France Mobilités is in the phase of modernizing transport tickets and is stepping up its efforts to dematerialize them. 

This includes new ticket options, pricing, effortless ways to buy tickets online or directly by phone, and updating station equipment to make using these new options smoother. Île-de-France Mobilités dematerialized ticketing solutions are used more and more every month and are now the majority in use. 

The aim behind this is just the dematerialization of ticketing and the generalization of this use, which has less environmental impact as compared to magnetic tickets. 

Regarding this president of Île-de-France Mobilités and the Île-de-France Region, Valérie Pécresse stated, “The generalization of this service, in partnership with Samsung, is in line with our dematerialization policy initiated in 2016: making the lives of Ile-de-France users simpler, more practical, and more in tune with our times. We will continue to invest and increase our efforts in this direction.” 

Back in November 2023, a few testers were able, during a developing phase, to use their Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lineup as well as newer models to validate their transport tickets. The feedback was positive, highlighting simplicity, fluidity, and the speed of using the service. 

Although, since 2019, the Korean giant has been a partner of Île-de-France Mobilités to provide solutions for dematerializing transport tickets to all Ile-de-France residents on their smartphones. Now users can use their Galaxy smartphone for public transport in Île-de-France; this includes validating tickets on a terminal and buying or even reloading them with Samsung Pay. 

The two players are going further with this new deployment, which will permit you to buy tickets from a smartphone and validate them just with a flick of the wrist with a connected watch, even in the scenario where it is turned off. This step appears as a move forward to the modernization of Ile-de-France ticketing in a simple way, especially for scenarios when you get late. 

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Galaxy Watch 7 Leaks: Early Signs Point to July Launch

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Samsung is actively working on expanding its wearable family as it gears up to launch the Galaxy Watch 7 series. Now, the battery for the Pro variant of the Watch 7 series has been spotted on the BIS certification. 

The next-generation Galaxy Watch 7 series will be launched at the Galaxy Unpacked event, which is supposed to be held in early July 2024. Samsung could offer three variants of the Galaxy Watch 7 series rumored as standard and classic, and out of those, one could be a ‘Pro’ variant. Reports now indicate that the BIS certification has revealed the battery of the upcoming Galaxy Watch 7 Pro.

By the BIS spotting, it is expected that the Galaxy Watch 7 Pro will feature a 578 mAh battery, which could be advertised as a 600mAh battery. The battery has been spotted with the model number EB-705ABY. The existence spotted on BIS means Samsung is actively working to launch the smartwatch in India. 

Another report is reporting that a model number of Samsung’s wearable has been spotted in the Bluetooth SIG database as SM-L305U, which is the Galaxy Watch 7 with a 40mm version and LTE connectivity for the US market. As per the certification, the upcoming Watch 7 will feature Bluetooth 5.3 with LE. 

It is expected that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Watch 7 powered by the Exynos W940 SoC, which will result in 50% more efficiency and 30% faster performance as compared to its predecessor generation at a Galaxy Unpacked event, along with the next-generation foldable devices Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6. 

The Galaxy Watch 7 series is expected to run Wear OS 5. It could also feature a new 3nm chip, which is said to offer a 50% increase in power efficiency over the Galaxy Watch 6. This time, the giants could also increase the storage capacity of the Galaxy Watch 7 to 32GB. 


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