Samsung Galaxy Ring unveiled at MWC 2024

Samsung unveils new wearable device, the Galaxy Ring Samsung said the Galaxy Ring is part of the intelligent health lineup on display at the Mobile World Congress 2024, which kicked off Monday morning in Barcelona. The company did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for more information the product.

In a release about the conference, Samsung said the Galaxy Ring “simplifies everyday wellness, supporting smarter and healthier living via a more connected digital wellness platform — Samsung Health.”

A Samsung executive told CNBC in an interview that the ring will go on sale later this year, without naming a date or a price.

LAST MONTH, SAMSUNG made a surprise product announcement after it debuted its new Galaxy S24 smartphone series—the Galaxy Ring. But it had almost no other information about the smart ring other than its expected release later this year. Well, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company held a roundtable to share a few more details about its newest product category. Here’s what we know so far.

Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Ring as a device for people who want the benefits of a smartwatch without feeling inundated with data. Since there’s no screen interaction on a smart ring, the thinking is that the barrier is lower for users to adopt and wear one—they’ll still get the health tracking they want without needing to learn a new interface.

As a standalone device, Samsung unveils new wearable device, the Galaxy Ring  Pak says people will be “pleased” at the launch features of the Galaxy Ring. But it seems to focus more on sleep and health insights than fitness. For starters, there will not be any support for auto-workout detection at launch—a common feature on Samsung’s smartwatches and a capability available on the popular Oura Ring.

There will, however, be fertility tracking. Last year, Samsung announced a partnership with Natural Cycles to bring period tracking and prediction to the Galaxy Watch, and that same collaboration continues with the Galaxy Ring.

KEY POINTS Samsung unveils new wearable device, the Galaxy Ring
  • Samsung’s Galaxy Ring, its latest wearable, is launching with tracking features including heart rate and sleep monitoring.
  • Hon Pak, the head of the digital health team and Samsung Electronics, said that when Samsung’s smartwatches and the Ring are worn together, users will be able to get different health insights.
  • Pak also said Samsung is considering a subscription for the Samsung Health app, but that the capabilities need to be improved.

    Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant, could have a part to play, Pak said.

    “So we are exploring various different ways in which the human computer interface will change over time. … And so we think Bixby with speech represents a significant part of that option. But we don’t think it’s the only option. But Bixby potentially combined with large language models can be a phenomenal game changer. And we’re obviously having that conversation,” Pak said.

    The executive also said the company is “considering” a subscription service for its Samsung Health app, but that the capabilities and insights it offers need to be improved before that can happen. AI assistants can help.

    “If you’re going to really make me pay for something, you better give me something that’s more end to end that’s more comprehensive” in terms of health insights, Pak said.

    As per a statement by Hon Pak, head of the digital health team at Samsung Electronics, “Our own customers told us, I want choice. I want the ability to have other forms of wearables to measure health. And some want to wear the watch, some want to wear the watch and the ring and get benefit from both. Some just want more simplicity.”

    Samsung is expected to use AI for health-tracking features in its wearable devices. This will help the app give deeper insights into the person’s health. Pak stated, “Imagine that large language model, acting as my digital assistant while looking at the context of my medical records, my physiological data, my engagement with a mobile device, the wearables during all of that … begins to bring greater insights and personalization opportunities.”


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