JC recently bought the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2. He wants to know if he can sync his Google Voice number to his watch. Leo says that the cell watch has to have its own number and your mobile service will charge you extra for it. It could conceivably, and it's worth trying. But Leo suspects that AT&T is using a gateway to prevent it.
Chris has a Samsung Galaxy 9S and wants to know if the LTE watch is coming out soon. Leo says that the Apple Watch does it (at $10 a month). The new Samsung Watch that just came out may be coming soon. But it may be that Samsung has decided it's not worth the extra cost. All watch companies are having issues selling smartwatches, except for Apple. The other problem may be that your carrier doesn't support it. But Verizon has sold them in the past, so talk to someone at the Verizon store.
Judy is retired and lives alone and is thinking of getting an Apple Watch. But what will happen if she takes the watch off and it doesn't feel the pulse? Will it contact emergency services? Leo says he isn't sure that it will call home in that case. Will it sense if you have died? Leo says no, there isn't. It'll detect that you have a low pulse and give you a warning, but so far, there is not a "phone home" from the watch if you die.
Greg runs the Team USA Surfing team. He wants to know if the Apple Watch is waterproof enough for surfers to use to keep up on scores and information. Leo says that while Apple says the watch is waterproof, he's not at all confident it can weather long term exposure to salt water. Casio's GShock is very durable. But the challenge is to get the data out to them from a distance. Cellular may be the best option, but WiFi is more reliable. That Chatroom says The Tic Watch from MobVoi. $159 list.
Chris has an Apple Watch Series 3, and thinking of moving up to the Series 4. But it's $800. Worth it? Leo says that he's stopped buying the higher end models because he's going to be getting a new model next year. So he gets the cheapest one, knowing he'll trade in next year. It's just as nice looking and durable too.
Jerry wants to know if people can use their Apple Watch to cheat at trivia at the local bar. Leo says absolutely. It's why you can't bring a smartwatch or a phone into a college classroom.
Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.
Charles' daughter got a Gear Fit 2 Pro smartwatch and it was advertised to be used for swimming laps. The first time she used it, it stopped working immediately. He sent it back and Samsung is now saying since it's water damaged, and can't be fixed. Leo says there's a few tricks they can do:
Bob wants to know how long will it be before Android adopts the EKG/ECG medical reading technology like on the Apple Watch Series 4. Rich says it's a great technology, but it's not available yet. The high heart rate and low heart rate notifications are available on Android watches, though. If he's willing to make a switch, it could be a life saver. When will it come to Android? Who knows. But probably not for another year.
Rich updated to a smartphone out of necessity. He's hearing about the Apple Watch Series 4 and its heart features, but it says he needs "number share" for it. What is that? Rich says that the Apple Watch Series 4 is not only a smart watch, but an FDA approved medical device. He can actually take an ECG with it. But he'd need the higher end LTE version for $500, and number sharing, means he'd have to pay $10 a month to share his phone number with his Apple Watch.