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Samsung to reveal details about Wear OS at Mobile World Congress later this month

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Last month, Samsung confirmed that it will not attend the in-person exhibition at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress as part of its commitment to its employees’ health and safety. Meanwhile, the company further added that it will take part virtually.

At the Mobile World Congress, several leading OEMs, including Samsung, introduces their new products and innovations. However, the company has confirmed the integration of its Tizen OS with Google’s Wear OS, it could reveal some information about this unified platform at the MWC 2021 later this month.

According to the info, Samsung has scheduled an online-only event on June 28 during the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021. On the MWC’s official agenda page, the global tech giant mentioned that it is “reimagining smartwatches, creating new opportunities for both developers and consumers.”

Previously, Google had shown off some features of the upcoming wearable platform, while it’s unknown whether it will be called Wear OS or not. While it’s confirmed that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch Active 4 will run the integrated WearOS-TizenOS platform.

When it comes to features, the new Wear OS developed by Google and Samsung offers up to 30% faster app startup times, longer battery life, improved power efficiency, easier app development, improved stock apps, third-party tiles, and a watch face designer by Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy Ring cheapest in Korea, not the US: Price breakdown

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Samsung Galaxy Ring is cheapest in South Korea followed by the US. The company’s first ring-type wearable is available for pre-order in six countries. Of these countries, Korea is the cheapest while the UK is the most expensive Galaxy Ring market.

Galaxy Ring pricing data gathered by AndroidAuthority shows that the product is the cheapest in South Korea. In US dollar terms, Samsung is selling the Galaxy Ring for $360, translated from the 499,400 Korean won retail price.

Samsung is selling the Galaxy Ring for $400 in the United States. The pricing decision makes it $40 more expensive than South Korea. It costs $412 (2,999 CNY) in China, $489 (440 EUR) in Germany and France, and $515 (399 GBP) in the UK.

As of now, the Korean tech giant is availing the Galaxy Ring in two Asian and three European countries alongside the United States. Notably, the US price in the below-mentioned chart doesn’t include sales tax, which could be approximately $40 or $45.

Samsung Galaxy Ring Price

Samsung will put the Galaxy Ring on general sale on July 24, 2024. If you travel abroad, you will be able to save some money on your Ring purchase. However, your trip destination should be South Korea or China to have travel discount perks.

The general availability will commence the day after tomorrow. We expect US e-commerce platforms would bring some sharp discounts for local shoppers in the US. Amazon and Best Buy may put the Galaxy Ring on sale, bringing additional discounts.

Well, it would take time for Galaxy Ring to see any significant price reduction. It all depends on the popularity of the product and production volume. If the product becomes hit, forget about any severe cash discount for at least 6 months.

Samsung’s Galaxy Ring is available in 9 different sizes. Pre-order your Ring to claim early buyer perks and faster delivery at your doorstep. You can also opt for a Sizing Kit, which will help you determine the perfect Ring size for yourself.

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One UI 6 Watch Beta users receive a fresh Galaxy Store update

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Samsung has pushed a new update for its Galaxy Store app, specifically for Galaxy smartwatches running Wear OS 5 with One UI 6 Watch Beta. This update can be identified via version 1.0.06.8 and enhances the overall performance.

The latest update enhances user experience by improving the performance and reliability of the Galaxy Store app on Samsung wearable devices. It includes fixes for known issues to ensure smoother operations. However, it does not contain any new features or changes.

The update is compatible with Galaxy devices running Wear OS 5 and One UI 6 Watch Beta. Samsung advises users to update promptly to enjoy the improved features and stability offered by version 1.0.06.8.

Users can easily access and install the update through the Galaxy Store app itself. Also, you can download the update directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

With version 1.0.06.8 of the Galaxy Store app, users of One UI 6 Watch Beta can expect a more stable and efficient app experience on their Samsung wearable devices.

One UI 6 Watch Beta 

In early July 2024, Samsung released the One UI 6 Watch Beta 3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series with version ZXG3. The same version update rolled out for the Galaxy Watch 5 series with July 2024 security patch. The update brought a bunch of enhancements to improve user experience and address existing issues.

The update arrived with improved system stability and optimized performance to address issues related to battery consumption and application execution speed. Also, it enhanced network interoperability to provide better connectivity experiences.

The Beta update is not without its known issues. Users noticed an issue where the Always-On Display (AOD) fails to deactivate when the watch is not being worn after installing this update.

Aside from this, Samsung will soon make the stable One UI 6 Watch available for Wear OS watches. It is expected to bring several new features and improvements to enhance the Galaxy Watch experience.

One UI 6 Watch Beta 3 live for Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7, Watch Ultra add advanced health features: Experts react

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 and Watch Ultra come with the most advanced health tracking features. Regarding the AGE functionality, experts are concerned that this technology has not yet been scientifically verified.

2024 Galaxy Watch models equipped with AGE (advanced glycation end products) tracking. It is slated to be used as an indicator to prevent aging. Doctors are concerned that AGEs could lead people to make wrong decisions about health.

The Korean tech giant launched the Watch Ultra and Watch 7 on July 10, 2024. The new wearables alongside the Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6 are set to hit market shelves on July 24. Samsung’s new watches are equipped with an enhanced BioActive sensor.

The upgraded BioActive sensor features new Yellow, Blue, Purple, and Infrared LEDs. These LEDs alongside the existing Red, Green, and Ultraviolet increase heart rate measurement by 30% and make AGE measurement possible.

Medical experts via Bloter say that the AGE index has not yet been scientifically verified. Lack of enough testing may lead to the presentation of data that may not be accurate enough. As a result, users could make wrong decisions about their health.

There are cases where people receive treatment even though they do not have the disease (false positives) due to the method of interpreting AGEs and glycated hemoglobin.

Cases where people do not receive treatment even though they have the disease because they only believe in the AGEs results (false negatives).

The inclusion of AGE tech may also create confusion between health management and medical treatment. Samsung’s aggressive approach towards the Galaxy Watch segment is fading boundaries between health management and medical management.

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