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Oura Ring 4 wishlist: All the features I want to see

Here's how I'd ring in a new generation of the Oura Ring.

Published onMay 6, 2024

A user holds and Oura Ring 3 between two fingers, displaying the devices sensors.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Updated, February 27, 2024 (10:22 PM ET): We’ve updated this Oura Ring 4 wishlist and rumor hub with details about new features like the Oura Labs beta program.

Original article: The Oura Ring 3 is small but mighty in a wearables market saturated with wristwear. Easily the most popular smart ring currently available, the device offers a petite alternative to bulky smartwatches without sacrificing key health measurements. It’s also one of the most powerful sleep trackers we’ve tested. With its headstart in the ring race, we don’t expect Oura to slow down anytime soon. Add in Samsung’s foray into the space, and I expect Oura to continue developing its product to keep its lead.

We rated the Oura Ring 3 very highly in our review. Since then, I’ve rarely taken it off my finger, especially at night. However, there are a few improvements I’d be eager to see in the next generation.

The fall of the paywall

A Stealth model rests on a set of gray weights.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

The Oura Ring 3 introduced a nearly mandatory subscription structure I would love to see crumble. Wearables grow more expensive yearly, and it’s even worse to continue forking over cash. I’d rather the Oura hike its one-time price and drop the practice. It’s a long shot, but I’m not above crossing our fingers anyway.

Additional training metrics

An Oura Ring 3 stands upright on a badminton racket.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

With its focus on heart rate monitoring and temperature tracking, the Oura Ring 3 offers a fantastic holistic approach to health monitoring. Where the device doesn’t measure up is fitness tracking. Inconsistent activity stats and limited training metrics keep the ring off many shoppers’ radars. Though I value the lack of a distracting display and am happy to forego onscreen stats, there are plenty of other tools worth adding that would make the ring a better gym companion. Again, once you factor in the Samsung Galaxy Ring as an imminent competitor, the fitness arena is one Oura can’t afford to ignore.

More smart features

Oura also cannot afford to hang its hat on its laurels. Oura needs to push the envelope beyond health tracking to stay ahead of the pack. Recent Oura Ring 4 rumors suggest the company is working on contactless payment support, and that’s a solid start, but I also wouldn’t shy away from haptic alarms or a Find My Device feature. Haptics, in particular, proved one of the redeeming features of the Circular Ring during my review of that device. The capability was more useful than I anticipated, especially for use in alarms.

Thinner and more durable options

An Stealth model on a users hand shows wear.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

It’s hard to complain about the wizardry that is the Oura ring when we consider how much tech is packed into such a tiny form factor. Yet, I’d love to see Oura Ring models go even smaller. All the current Oura Ring 3 design options resemble a traditional men’s wedding band. Those of us with petite digits (hi, it’s me) would like to see something thinner and more feminine. Additional colors would be nice, but I’d settle for the same old neutral metallics with improved scratch resistance.

Digital payment support

Recently, Oura published a blog post announcing its acquisition of Proxy, a digital identity signal platform. This suggests the company aims to include digital payment support in future Oura Ring iterations, and I’d love to see that come to the Oura Ring 4. Digital payment support adds noteworthy convenience to smart devices, allowing users to make purchases without pulling out their phones or wallets. It’s a popularly used feature on many leading smartwatches.

Will there be an Oura Ring 4?

An Oura Ring in stealth, rests on a black surface.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Between the growing Oura Ring 4 rumors and the company’s teasers, a follow-up to the successful Oura Ring 3 is only a matter of time. Compared to the smartwatch market, smart rings may be few and far between, but the form factor is growing in popularity (and competitors). The release date is up in the air, though.

The original Oura Ring launched with a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. The Oura Ring 2 arrived with improved specs and new features three years later. In 2021, Oura announced the Oura Ring 3, the company’s most advanced model yet. Since releasing the device in October 2021, Oura has continued to roll out additional features, including Oura Circles and third-party integration.

  • Oura Ring: 2015
  • Oura Ring 2: 2018
  • Oura Ring 3: 2021

So where does that leave us in terms of when to expect an Oura Ring 4? Based on the company’s three-year pattern (see the list above), shoppers may see a new model hit shelves in 2024. Rumors suggest a new Oura Ring is not only in the works but arriving imminently. On the other hand, the consistent three-year gap may only be a coincidence. It’s unlikely Oura will release a new generation without significant hardware changes when it’s clearly comfortable upgrading the current model’s software. We’re certainly hoping 2024 sees a new Oura Ring.

In April 2024, the company launched the Oura Labs platform within the Oura app (though limited to iOS users for now). By joining Oura Labs, users can test new experimental features that are currently in development. In turn, users can also provide feedback about the beta features. The first tool available for testing is Symptom Radar, which monitors for significant changes across several biometric trends. My hope is that this program signifies the company’s push to fine-tune the user experience in anticipation of an incoming Oura Ring 4.

Should you wait for the Oura Ring 4?

An Oura Ring rests on a stone surface, displaying its Gen 3 label.
Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority

Without a better idea of exactly when we can expect the Oura Ring 4, it’s hard to recommend shoppers wait around for it. This is especially true when we consider how beneficial an Oura Ring 3 ($299.99 at Oura) can be right now for someone’s health. You can’t go wrong with the current model if you’re committed to the ring form factor.

If you don’t need a device immediately, check back with this hub to see what else we learn about the Oura Ring 4’s timeline. Digital payment support alone is worth waiting for, and we doubt that will be the only new feature added to the next generation. As Oura Ring 4 leaks continue to spill, we’re hopeful more hardware upgrades will be unveiled.

If you are open to a wrist-based wearable, there are plenty of other options to consider. The Whoop 4.0 ($300 at Best Buy) offers a similarly screen-free experience. Alternatively, a device like the Fitbit Charge 6 ($159.95 at Amazon) still provides advanced sleep tracking but packs a ton more smart features and a colorful display.

Of course, there’s also the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Ring on the horizon. Though the devices look very similar and will likely offer similar feature sets, the latter may appeal more to those already embedded in the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem. If that’s you, waiting to see how a next-gen Oura Ring and first-gen Galaxy Ring stack up might not be a bad idea.

Oura Ring 3
Oura Ring 3
AA Recommended
Oura Ring 3
Inconspicuous • Clean design • Excellent sleep tracking
MSRP: $299.00
An excellent and unintrusive sleep tracker that focuses on personal wellness more than numbers
The Oura Ring 3 is a smart ring that tracks your sleep, activity, and heart rate. Its minimal design makes it inconspicuous to wear while sleeping, working, exercising, or even when out to a fancy dinner. The companion Oura app takes a well-rounded approach to health, focusing on your overall well-being.
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