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The new Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra are the most powerful and versatile smartwatches Samsung has ever made. They feature many improvements across the board, but they also sacrificed a bit along the way. Given their numerous upgrades and improvements, you may be surprised to learn that the Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra don't 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 is far from the most efficient way to charge devices, but in theory it can be useful in some situations. However, Samsung says the new Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra have dropped wireless PowerShare due to other improvements in health tracking.

The redesigned BioActive sensor meant that Wireless PowerShare had to go

Samsung's new Galaxy Watches feature a redesigned BioActive sensor that increases the accuracy of health and fitness tracking and expands the range of parameters the new watches can track.

This progress came at a price. Samsung explains in 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 back glass.

Their shape is designed to increase accuracy in health and fitness tracking, but it also conflicts with Wireless PowerShare and prevents it from working. For this reason, Samsung has decided to completely drop support for Wireless PowerShare on the new smartwatches.

Although the ability to have Wireless PowerShare on a smartwatch sounds handy, in practice for most users it's a feature they've never used. It can be useful in some situations if you forget your charging puck and get into trouble, but such situations are rare.

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 it means we get more accurate and versatile health and fitness tracking, it's probably a worthwhile trade-off.

The story continues after the hands-on video below…

Interestingly, in 2022, Samsung showed signs that it doesn't give wireless PowerShare much consideration when designing its smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro supported wireless PowerShare, but it felt more like an afterthought as the shape of the strap prevented it from working. Watch 5 Pro users had to remove the strap before they could use PowerShare, and of course, not many people were willing to put up with that just to use a relatively inefficient method of charging the batteries.

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