Last month, Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 4 lineup will receive a major firmware update with new improvements and additional features. As promised, the company has started to release the s/w to the Galaxy Watch 4 owners on the same day as the Galaxy S22 launch.
Samsung previously revealed that the major Galaxy Watch 4 update brings several new and futuristic health management features. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the popularity of the Galaxy smartwatch has raised significantly as it lets users easily measure oxygen saturation.
New Galaxy Watch 4 Features [After Update]
In addition to the feature that the Galaxy Watch 4 brings out of the box, Samsung has added a sleep coaching program in order to help manage irregular biorhythms and sleep habits caused by prolonged home life.
Furthermore, it comes with customized tips for a good night’s sleep by systematically analyzing the consumers’ sleep time as well as quality and type of sleep.
This new feature has strengthened the Galaxy Watch 4’s fitness functions such as the ‘Interval Training Program’. It improves efficiency & inspires oneself so that you can enjoy the exercise itself.
Moreover, it provides body composition insight that allows you to continuously check changes after exercise and the progress of goal achievement.
Aside from the firmware’s features add-on, the company has also introduced a new watch face and strap, which can be created in various ways according to taste and style, providing a more enjoyable wearable experience.
Now, let’s have a look at the revamped and upgraded Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 in the infographic mentioned below (or click here to watch in high-res).
However, the current infographic is in the Korean language, we will update this page as soon as Samsung avails its English variant as well.
Phones will be banned in schools across New Zealand
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced that he would promote the ban on phones in primary and secondary schools across the country. This initiative aims to improve the quality of education for primary and secondary school students in New Zealand.
According to New Zealand education sources, the literacy skills of New Zealand primary and secondary school students have been declining in the past few years, and have even reached a “crisis” level. Over 1/3rd of the country’s 15-year-old students have poor literacy levels, which has aroused concern from all walks of life.
In order to solve this problem, New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Lacson decided to take action. Within 100 days after taking office, he push for the ban on mobile phones in primary and secondary schools across the country to reduce students’ distractions so they could concentrate on class.
Nintendo may use Samsung OLED display on its new console
Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display for supply of the next-generation OLED panels, following Valve’s SteamDeck. Both companies initially considered China’s BOE as a supplier but changed way to Samsung due to the burden of the risk arising from the patent infringement lawsuit.
According to the report, Japan’s Nintendo is known to have requested the supply of OLED panels from Samsung Display, following Valve. These companies negotiated with China’s BOE to lower device prices, but it is said that they chose Samsung Display panels.
In June 2022, Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against China’s BOE in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The technology that Samsung Display claims to be infringing on is five OLED display patents for all products released after the iPhone 12.
Last December, Samsung Display filed a complaint with the ITC against 17 US parts wholesalers to keep BOE in check, asking the ITC to stop using parts and panels that infringe on the company’s ‘Diamond Pixel’.
Accordingly, BOE filed a countersuit in Chongqing’s First Intermediate People’s Court in May against Samsung Display China and Samsung Elec China, claiming patent infringement.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be made by TSMC, for Galaxy by Samsung
Similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, TSMC is exclusively producing Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. While the new processor has just started to debut with smartphones, a new leak suggests that TSMC will continue to produce Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, while Samsung orders shelved until 2025.
According to tipster Revegnus, Qualcomm will rely solely on TSMC for producing the 3nm-based Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 processor in 2024. The company has reportedly decided to bet on Taiwanese chip manufacturer again as it’s aiming to use custom Oryon CPU cores.
It’s worth noting that a dual chip sourcing strategy is still on the cards for 2025 when the Snapdragon 8 Gen 5 comes out, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy will be produced at Samsung’s foundry 3GAP, reports Taiwan’s TechNews.
In a multi-core scenario, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 is said to surpass 10,000 points on Geekbench 6, while the Adreno 830 GPU offers the same level of power draw as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 while offering excellent performance gains. The whole SoC is rumored to consume just 8W.