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Best Android watch: Top Samsung, Fitbit and Wear OS smartwatches to own in 2020

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If you're the owner of an Android phone and you're looking for a new smartwatch to pair it with, there's plenty of options to choose from.

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The Apple Watch may be the best selling smartwatch in the world, but it still can't be paired with Android handsets, meaning those who don't want to make the switch to an iPhone are forced to explore the world of Android watches.

So, this guide aims to steer you in that very direction. We've thoroughly tested all the top watches that are compatible with your Android device, including new releases from Samsung, Fitbit and Google's own Wear OS partners.

Update: We updated this article in November 2019 to include the latest Android smartwatches we've been testing, such as the Fitbit Versa 2, and to re-order our rankings.

Incoming Android smartwatches for 2020

The below smartwatches have been tested and reviewed by our experts, but we want to make you aware of brand new watches incoming. CES 2020 saw the unisex Diesel Fadelite, the beautiful new Skagen Falster 3 as well as the Suunto 7 Wear OS sports watch. That's not to mention new devices from Amazfit. If that's too much, check out our CES 2020 wearables round-up for bite-sized info.

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Buy now: Amazon | $279

1. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 features

  • 40mm and 44mm case sizes
  • Up to 2 days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Spotify offline playlist support
  • Samsung Pay

The latest smartwatch from Samsung is also it's best. A perfect fit for both men and women, thanks to its 40mm and 44mm case sizes, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also our top pick for Android smartphone owners.

No matter which you pick of the Active's two variants, you get a crisp display surrounded by a touch sensitive bezel - something that helps you navigate the screen without touching the screen.

Instead of running on the equivalent of Android, this smartwatch instead runs on the same software as the rest of Samsung's other wearable devices - Tizen.

Don't be put off by the unfamiliarity, though, this is an excellent operating system that's able to host tons of functionality: GPS tracking for workouts, heart rate monitoring, notification support, sleep reports, offline Spotify playback and much more.

Even better? That list is set to grow, with blood pressure monitoring, ECG readings and fall detection coming to the smartwatch in 2020.

Battery life is a so-so 48 hours, but this is still double the Apple Watch with much of the same functionality.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review

2. Fitbit Versa 2

Buy now: Amazon | $199.95

2. Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2 features

  • Up to 5 days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Amazon Alexa smart assistant
  • Apps and customizable watch faces
  • Fitbit Pay

Half the price of the latest Apple Watch, the latest Fitbit smartwatch is a fitness and health tracking focused beast living inside a small and light package.

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The Versa 2 doesn't offer the same heavyweight features of more expensive watches, such as GPS tracking or an army of third-party apps, but the trade-off includes six-day battery life, Alexa support and the best sleep tracking in the business.

This is all powered by the wonderfully intuitive Fitbit app, where you can pore over the stats your Fitbit collects throughout the day and night - including Sleep Score, Female Health Tracking, resting heart rate, calories burned, workouts and more.

Like the Samsung detailed above, it's also set to improve in the near future: the SpO2 sensor is set to track more advanced biometrics, while updates will bring more always-on watch faces to pick from and improvements to the watch's heart and sleep tracking algorithms.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 2 review

3. Samsung Galaxy Watch

Buy now: Amazon | From $300

3. Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch features

  • 42mm and 46mm size options
  • Runs on Samsung's Tizen OS
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Activity tracking/sleep monitoring
  • Samsung Pay
  • Spotify offline playlist support
  • 4-5 days battery life

It may not be the newest Samsung watch, but the company's flagship is still one of the top devices Android handset owners can buy.

Similar to the more sporty-looking Galaxy Watch Active 2, there's also two case sizes available with the regular Galaxy Watch - however, they're slightly bigger, registering at 42mm and 46mm.

Make no mistake, though - this is the most smartwatch-like device of Samsung's current pack. There's the option for 4G/LTE, 2-4 days of battery life (depending on which model you pick) and still all the fitness and health tracking smarts Tizen has to offer.

And though that Tizen experience doesn't quite provide the same app support as the Apple Watch and Wear OS, it does boast one killer entry - a Spotify app that actually lets you download offline playlists. Winner.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch review

4. Fossil Sport

Buy now: Amazon | $240

4. Fossil Sport

Fossil Sport features

  • Available in 41mm and 43mm sizes
  • Runs on Google's Wear OS
  • 5ATM waterproof
  • 22mm straps (interchangeable)
  • Microphone
  • Google Pay
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor

The first Fossil watch to come with the now-standard Qualcomm 3100 chipset, which aims to make performance improvements across the board including ramping up battery life, the Fossil Sport is still the best Wear OS watch to own.

Coming in case sizes of 43mm or 41mm, which also come in a variety of eye-popping colors, this is an ideal wrist partner to an Android phone.

Particularly for those looking for a workout-first watch, the Sport can handle it all, packing GPS for location tracking, a swim-proof design and a heart rate monitor.

It's one of the lightest watches to wear when exercising, too, and though we don't particularly love the Google Fit experience in its current form, this does count for a lot - especially when you can just download a third-party app from the Google Play Store and bypass the shoddy core experience.

Battery life is still only around 24-36 hours, which isn't ideal, but, all things considered, this is an affordable and handy fitness companion showcasing exactly what Wear OS can (and can't) do.

Read our full Fossil Sport review

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5. TicWatch E2

Buy now: Amazon | $159.99

5. TicWatch E2

Ticwatch E2 features

  • Runs on Google's Wear OS
  • 46mm watch case
  • Built-in GPS
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Dedicated swim tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 1-2 days battery life

If you don't want to spend big on a smartwatch, the Ticwatch E2 is, in our opinion, the best budget option available right now for those with an Android device.

It may not be as powerful as the TicWatch Pro LTE, but the E2 is still a respectable fitness tracker, albeit one living inside a slightly chunky and bland frame.

The benefit of this slightly bigger design is the room for a heart rate sensor and GPS, which is also backed up by a suprisingly good display and responsiveness, considering the price.

You won't have access to big smartwatch features like LTE or Google Pay, as we say, and the battery life is just a meagre 1-2 days, but this is a great pick for those who want a cheap, balanced workout partner.

Read our full TicWatch E2 review

6. Skagen Falster 2

Buy now: Amazon | $295

6. Skagen Falster 2

Skagen Falster 2 features

  • Runs on Google's Wear OS
  • 40mm case
  • 20mm interchangeable watch straps
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design
  • Up to 24 hours battery life

Danish watch brand Skagen is renowned for producing minimalist watches, and, after impressing us with the original Falster, it's back again with its successor.

The Falster 2 channels the same design values into a smaller 40mm watch case, making it just small enough to be considered unisex, in our view. You also have your pick of leather or steel bracelet bands, and, simply, this is the best looking Android-compatible smartwatch you can buy.

It's not just the design that's changed, though. With the second generation device, there's now also a heart rate sensor, built-in GPS, a waterproof design and Google Pay support.

Like the rest of the Fossil Group's Gen 4 watches, it's a little disappointing on tracking, but, if anything other than basic activity tracking is a priority, you shouldn't be considering this sleek watch anyway.

Read our full Skagen Falster 2 review

7. Huawei Watch GT 2

Buy now: Amazon | $250

7. Huawei Watch GT 2

Huawei Watch GT 2 features

  • Runs on Huawei's Lite OS
  • 42mm and 46mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Built-in GPS
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 15 sports tracking modes
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking

The Huawei Watch GT 2 builds on the impressive debut of Lite OS and introduces smaller sizes, a speaker and phone call functionality to make it more of a smartwatch.

Not only is this a great device for Android users, but it's also the ideal choice for those who don't want to charge their smartwatch that often; Huawei's latest device boasts two-week battery life.

Despite this, it still packs in plenty of big features, such as an always-on display, GPS location tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep reports, storage for music support and more.

It's only real downfall is the sports tracking, with data not able to be shared with third-party apps. All of your data can only live inside of Huawei's companion Health app.

Read our Huawei Watch GT 2 review


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  • 2meterpeter·

    Great article and nice content. Well done.

    In reply to MotionCo:
    "I bougth an android watch for a specific app to control my tennis ball machine, but unfortunately it doesn't work on WearOS. :("

    hahaha! One of the best first world problems comments I've seen in a long time.

    In all serious though I've got a galaxy watch and a little disappointed in 2019 with its limitations - no reliable app for philips hue and a bigger disappointment that there is no google assistant integration on it's tizen software at all, especially now the Google home hub is like magic in comparison with how it can control stuff around the house.

    Oh well. It looks good and lasts two days with AOD on. I was going to try and explore IFTTT but hopefully future updates, maybe an official hue app or even google assistant work around and better apps will come.