How Does a Smartwatch Work?

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Smartwatches are digital watches that are mostly touchscreens and worn around the wrist like traditional watches but with tiny, fit-screen computers that run on their own operating system.

There are broadly two types of smartwatches in the mainstream:

  1. General Purpose smartwatch
  2. Specific use smartwatch

While the former type is often intended for daily use, the latter is mostly for a specific purpose like Health monitoring.

The general-purpose smartwatches are the watches replacing the traditional ones with an almost smartphone-dependent culture like Apple Watch, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch, and most Google-powered wear OS devices fall within this category.

With strong battery life, they manage media playbacks, support an app ecosystem for use, answer messages by voice, and other extended tasks consistent with smart techies.

On the other hand, smartwatches for specific users are designed to be less phone dependent and more leaning as a stand-alone fitness tracker. There are built-in for all smartwatches moving between these two spaces now.

These smartwatch devices developed, for the workout, running, hiking, flying, or diving. 

How does a smartwatch work and what are the functions?

A smartwatch can be used for the following things:

  • Receive Notifications
  • Operate GPS
  • Manage Media
  • Health Monitoring
  • Receive and Reply Messages and Calls

1. Receive Notifications

Smartwatches give notifications that help you to track your important activities on their calendar and others notifications like what you are being notified about.

These notifications are coming from the user’s smartphone. For a smartwatch that is synced with the user’s smartphone, which will mirror the smartphone in terms of notification on the smartwatch display.

If a smartwatch can not detect any activity, it will begin sending a series of the message, if it still fails to get a response from the user then the watch assumes the user is injured and alerts the authorities. That is a super cool feature of the smartwatch.

2. Operate GPS

Most of the smartwatch comes with GPS which means you can easily track your location and receive location.

3. Manage Media

Smartwatch synced all media through user smartphone, it can help you to manage media like change tracks, increase or decrease volume with your smartwatch while listening to the music.

4. Health Monitoring

The main key attraction of the smartwatch is an excellent fitness tracker features that allow users to measure their daily activities for example track lap times during the workout, how many calories consumed while working, distance, route, and number of steps taken in a day.

Smartwatch built-in fitness features like Heart rate monitoring or cadence sensor so you can pay attention to your heartbeat while working.

5. Receive and Reply Messages and Calls

Through Smartwatch, you can receive and respond the message or calls from friends, family, clients without holding a smartphone. It also receives notifications from social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat.

This will help you in a crowd or while shopping, you get lots of information like you normally do over with a smartphone.

Abhishek Kumar
Abhishek Kumar

I’m Abhishek Kumar, a smartwatch freak and author & founder of

I’m very passionate about Wearable technology including Smartwatches & Fitness trackers and I love to explore and research more about them to keep updated self and others

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