Oura Ring Gets Apple Watch Support
Surprisingly, no major wearable I know of integrates with Apple Watch. Oura has just changed that with a very nice WatchOS app plus those all-important complications.
I’m impressed. It’s a straightforward yet information-rich Watch app. It’s pretty too! The app doesn’t do anything special other than grab bits of information from the iOS app, I guess one way of looking at it is that you have easily glanceable information that saves you from having to take your iPhone out of your bag.
A few taps on the Watch app take you to the line charts you will already be familiar with in the iOS app. Meaning that, for example, all the various contributors to overall sleep quality like Sleep Latency, Sleep Timing and Sleep Tracking Hours are all scored out of 100% and added to that there are also richer charts over time covering your sleep stages, heart rate and more.
There are also 7 complications where you can add your readiness score, sleep score and show the Ring’s battery level.
It’s hard to criticise (yes I did just say that!)
The easiest criticism is that many of the data points overlap those that the Apple Watch natively generates. Obviously, Oura 100% knew that. They are simply giving more options to more people, which is a good thing
Perhaps the complications don’t make the best use of the available space. You can see from some of my images here that the Oura data might perhaps be best shown off with a coloured circle around the number, where a complete circle represents 100%.
It seems to work on all Watches that support the latest version of watchOS and it works on the current and previous-gen rings…and it’s free.
What I want
The only thing that is missing for me is a complication of the nightly average HRV. Maybe also a nighly chart over time of HRV.
That information is just part of my morning routine where I correlate Oura HRV data with other sources…I’m guessing there are about 20 people globally who do this so Oura can be completely forgiven for totally ignoring my needs here 😉
I tend to only use the Oura Ring as a sleep tracker as it has a good degree of accuracy and an easy-to-wear format whilst asleep.
A chart complication that shows changing readiness throughout the day would definitely be used by many people…something similar to Garmin’s body battery. The problem here would be that there would be little scientific backing to the data shown and Oura tends to err towards science, unlike some other companies we could mention who invent their own baseless metrics.
Will Garmin and Others Follow?
In a nutshell: No. 😉
Why would Garmin or Fitbit or Polar or Suunto or anyone else for that matter encourage you to use the competing Apple Watch?
Oura Ring is a special case in the sense that it is a well-developed, data-rich ecosystem that partly complements the Apple Watch
Oura and Apple are now more connected than ever before. We’re excited to announce new ways to be mindful of your health data while you’re on the go, with iPhone Lock Screen widgets, Apple Watch Complications, and a new app for Apple Watch. pic.twitter.com/W0XUg2EnVq
— ŌURA (@ouraring) January 24, 2023
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