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Ages-old Samsung Gear S3 gets Wear OS support

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There is a time when OEMs officially stop updating their old smartphone, watch, tablet, or other devices whose software is updated. But developers create unofficial ports to provide the latest features to the users and this is what happens with the ages-old Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.

Samsung Gear S3 is a Tizen-based smartwatch that was introduced in 2016. And now, developers have managed to bring Google’s Android smartwatch operating system – Wear OS 2 to this device (via XDA Developers).

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It’s impressive to see how the modding community breathes new life into ancient hardware. This is no minor accomplishment considering how underpowered the device is compared to the smartwatches we’re using in this generation.

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After booting Wear OS on the smartwatch, a lot of functionalities are working fine. Most sensors and even the heart rate monitor are functional on this years-old device. However, there are some bugs and known issues, but these are very few when considering that this is the first build.

Further, the Wear OS port is installed on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier’s global non-LTE edition, you can identify it through model number SM-R760. However, the ‘Classic non-LTE variant (model number SM-R770) is also theoretically compatible with the new changes.

If you still use the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch or have it, do try the Wear OS 2 on your device and let us know your experience through the comments section.

Wear OS 2 for the Samsung Gear S3

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Google Wallet double-click shortcut reappears for Galaxy Watch (Wear OS)

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Google always keeps its Wear OS smartwatch users updated with the latest features and functions. As the company replaced the Google Pay app with Google Wallet for smartphones, it did the same for Wear OS running smartwatches. However, Wear OS device owners have started encountering the issue that the Google Wallet double-click shortcut is not working, fortunately, it is now fixed.

A couple of months ago, Google released a new update to the Wear OS Google Pay app, which replaced the app with the Wallet app and made it available to more Wear OS-based smartwatch users. Undoubtedly, the change brought a lot of functionalities to the devices but carried the double-click shortcut issue as well.

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Since the wearable app is meant for quickly making payments with credit and debit cards, the issue has troubled a lot of Galaxy Watch and other Wear OS-running smartwatch users as they were not able to take full advantage of their devices.

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Wear OS Google Wallet double click shortcut

Meanwhile, recently, Google started rolling out a new Wear OS app update through the Play Store that fixes the Google Wallet double-click shortcut problem. Many customers have noticed that the shortcut has again started functioning after installing the latest version.

It is worth mentioning that the Fossil Gen 5 and TicWatch owners have reported that this fix is coming with version 2.59.0.471251175. If you are also facing such a problem with your smartwatch, make sure to upgrade to the latest version and get a seamless payment experience through your wrist.

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Google officially declared that it has big plans for the Wear OS Wallet app and these will be released by the end of this year. There are changes that the company could bring some Android smartphone Wallet app features to smartwatches as well.

Via – 9To5Google

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Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is Samsung’s unforgettable creation, unboxing again!

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Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch lineup alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldables last August. Well, Samsung also launched the Galaxy Watch 5 series last month, but we are unboxing the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic once again in remembrance of the physical rotating bezel.

The software part of this smartwatch lineup is also worth noticing as Samsung ditched its own developed Tizen OS in favor of Google’s Wear OS, however, it’s skinned by the One UI Watch operating system. Also, it was the first time Samsung updated the classic and modern designs at the same time.

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Consumers are already rocking with the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which we are having yet another unboxing experience with its design, first impression, and yes, the physical rotating bezel, which is not introduced with its successor.

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You can check out our new Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Unboxing video below.

The retail box includes the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and the charging cradle alongside the user manual and some other papers. The charger has a USB Type-A connector, which charges the Galaxy smartwatch at a maximum of 5W (5V/1A), well, your Galaxy phone can charge it as well.

Why we’re saying Watch 4 Classic ‘still’ unbeatable:

The Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro come with a whole new sapphire crystal display, Samsung’s improved BioActive Sensor, and Exynos W920 chipset with 1.5 GB RAM. Since the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 are just one year old, Samsung is offering better trade-in deals while upgrading to the Watch 5 or 5 Pro.

For a year, the Galaxy Watch 5 will remain the latest smartwatch offered by Samsung, but it brings the same operating system as the Galaxy Watch 4, which is a year old now. The Watch 4 also debuted the first generation BioActive sensor, which consists of three chips in a small package.

Just like the Galaxy Watch 5 series, their predecessors pack lots of the same specifications such as the Exynos W920 chipset, 1.5 GB RAM, and 16GB of storage in addition to the battery capacity, except for the iconic physical rotating bezel, which makes Watch 4 Classic – unforgettable.

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Galaxy Watch 5 owners can now download second firmware update in the US

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Last month, Samsung released the Galaxy Watch 5 series, bringing two new flagship smartwatches to the consumers. Shortly after the launch of these wearables, Samsung rolled out the first firmware update, while, the second is now available to download, as well, in the US, thanks to Verizon.

Both 40mm and 44mm models of the Galaxy Watch 5 are receiving the AVH6 update alongside the 45mm variant on the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. The changelog of this update is available on the carrier’s support page, which mentions performance improvements for the newly launched smartwatches.

Software Versions:

  • Galaxy Watch 5: R905USQU1AVH6 (40mm) / R915USQU1AVH6 (44mm)
  • Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: R925USQU1AVH6 (45mm)

Changelog:

  • The current software update provides performance improvements for your device.

With the second firmware update, the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro consumers should expect better performance and improved features of the Wear OS 3.5-based One UI Watch 4.5 operating system. Some unknown bugs and threats will also be fixed on your watch as soon as you install the second update.

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September feature drop by Google

Earlier, Google announced that the Google Keep for Wear OS will get significant optimizations and new features. The new Tile feature of the Keep app will allow you to quickly dictate a note or checklist right from the wrist as well as the ability to manage created ones across devices.

Now, coming to the most important thing – customization. The US tech giant announced that Bitmoji is coming soon to your Wear OS watch face to give your mood a boost throughout the day. Using it, you will be able to use the Bitmoji you’ve designed on Snapchat, Bitmoji.com, or the Bitmoji mobile app.

Android gets Nearby Self Share, Gboard Emojify, Wear OS Bitmoji/Keep tile and more new features

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