Galaxy Watch 7 and Ultra say goodbye to Wireless PowerShare

The new Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra are the most powerful and versatile smartwatches Samsung has ever made. They come with a lot of improvements across the board, but they also lose something. Given their many upgrades and improvements, you might be surprised to hear that the Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra do not support Wireless PowerShare.

The latter is one of the more unique features Samsung has developed for smartphone and wearable users. Wireless PowerShare is a technology that allows users to turn their Galaxy smartphones into wireless power banks to charge other devices such as Galaxy Watches, earbuds, and even Galaxy phones.

PowerShare isn’t the most efficient way to charge devices, but in theory it’s something that could come in handy in some situations. However, Samsung says the new Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra Wireless have ditched PowerShare due to other health tracking improvements.

The new BioActive sensor meant that Wireless PowerShare had to disappear

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watches feature a redesigned BioActive sensor that improves the accuracy of health and fitness tracking and increases the number of parameters the new Watches can measure.

This progress came at a price. Samsung explains via a support page published today (via @JordyV27) that the two new Galaxy Watches had to drop support for Wireless PowerShare due to the shape of the redesigned BioActive sensor and backglass.

Their shape is designed to increase the level of accuracy when using health and fitness tracking, but it also conflicts with and prevents Wireless PowerShare from working. As a result, Samsung decided to drop support for Wireless PowerShare for the new smartwatches entirely.

While Wireless PowerShare capabilities on a smartwatch may sound useful, in practice for most users it’s a quality-of-life feature they’ve never used. It can be handy in some situations where you forget your charging puck and find yourself in a bind, but those situations are few and far between.

So while it’s sad to see this feature go, the fact that the Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra don’t support Wireless PowerShare won’t be a huge loss for most smartwatch users. And if what we gain is more accurate and versatile health and fitness tracking, that’s probably a worthy trade-off.

The story continues after the practical video below…

Interestingly, it was 2022 when Samsung showed that it didn’t really consider Wireless PowerShare when designing its smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro supported Wireless PowerShare, but it felt like more of an afterthought as the shape of the wristband prevented the feature from working. Watch 5 Pro users had to remove the wristband before they could use PowerShare, and needless to say, not many were willing to put up with that just to use a relatively inefficient method of charging batteries.

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