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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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Wear OS 3.5 March 2023 update brings various new features, expect some for Samsung Watch

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Google announced a big firmware update on the Wear OS 3.5 platform as part of its March 2023 Feature Drop. The Pixel Watch is getting benefited directly, and we hope, Samsung will also bring crucial bells and whistles to the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 series running Wear OS 3.5.

According to Google, the Pixel Watch’s March 2023 software update includes numerous bug fixes and improvements for users. However, the changelog lists various a handful of new features, and improvements for a better user experience on Wear OS 3.5 devices.

The March update brings new Watch Faces to the Wear OS 3.5. On the Pixel Watch, the new Digital Clock is available with a button press when the smartwatch is powered down. The time will now appear upon crown push, along with the red low battery indicator.

In addition to Pixel Watch-specific content, the March 2023 update changelog mentions crucial improvements for Wear OS 3.5. That said, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 users may also get crucial improvements and optimization, thanks to the Wear OS 3.5 platform.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 and 5 lineups run Wear OS 3.5-based One UI Watch 4.5 operating system. The company rolls out Galaxy-exclusive firmware updates and features to consumers, and we expect a big yet feature-rich update in the coming weeks.

Wear OS 3.5 March update changelog

  • Watch Faces
    1. Digital Clock is now available with button press when the device is powered down. The time will now appear upon crown push, alongside the red low battery indicator.
  • Display
    1. In addition to tap, tilt, button press to wake the watch, you can now rotate the Crown to wake.
  • Touch
    1. Optimizations have been added to improve sensitivity of touch screen behavior.
  • Settings
    1. Battery saver enable/disable single tap support in QSS has been fully enabled in this release.
  • Alarms
    1. In the coming weeks, a fix will be rolled out via PlayStore to update the Clock app that addresses some alarms which have been having a delayed or false start.
    2. Ensure Auto-update apps is selected in Play Store > Settings on your watch and you will get this update once it’s available when your watch is on charger and connected to Wi-Fi.

As highlighted in the Google Pixel March Feature Drop post, these features are now also available with this software update:

  • Settings
    1. Mono-audio which limits the disorientation of split-audio
    2. New color-correction and greyscale modes that better optimize the display for a wider range of vision preferences.
  • Fall Detection
    1. Your Pixel Watch now has fall detection which can detect if you’ve taken a hard fall and connect you to emergency services. Once connected to emergency services, your Pixel Watch will play an automated message to request help to wherever you are.
  • Device Applicability
    1. Updates are available for all supported Pixel Watch devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Classic) battery capacity revealed

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The Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic are reportedly readying to debut at the August 2023 Samsung Unpacked event. Ahead of the launch, the battery capacity of both the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic has been revealed, sharing the same specs.

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According to the info, Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic could come with the same battery capacity. Usually, the company brings the larger battery to the premium model, which might not be the same case with the next lineup.

Evidence from a Chinese regulatory board allegedly exposed the battery mAh of upcoming Samsung smartwatch models along with dial sizes. It’s worth mentioning that the Classic models may have larger dial sizes with the same battery as the smaller variants of Watch 6.

  • Galaxy Watch 6 40mm: 300mAh
  • Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 42mm: 300mAh
  • Galaxy Watch 6 44mm: 425mAh
  • Galaxy Watch 6 Classic 46mm: 425mAh

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic Battery

Compared to the last year’s Galaxy Watch 5, that’s an upgrade of approx 5% on each model. As compared to the Galaxy Watch 4, the upcoming models are likely to feature an upgrade of around 20%, which will make quite an impact on battery life.

With the Galaxy Watch 4, the South Korean tech giant stopped using its own developed Tizen OS and replaced it with Google’s Wear OS. Continuing this, the company will bring the next-generation smartwatches with the One UI Watch operating system, based on Wear OS.

Earlier, it was revealed that the Galaxy Watch 6 will have a curved glass display, similar to the Google Pixel Watch or Apple Watch series. In addition, the Galaxy Watch 6 Pro could be replaced with Classic branding and bring back the physical rotating bezel.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

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Samsung Galaxy Watch5 grabs BP and ECG features in Philippines [How to use]

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Samsung starts rolling out BP and ECG features to the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro in the Philippines. Following the firmware update, Filipino users can monitor their blood pressure and heart rate with the latest Galaxy Watch5 series smartwatch.

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The Galaxy Watch5 models are capable of monitoring BP (blood pressure) and ECG (electrocardiogram), while, Samsung is now unlocking these features for users in the Philippines. Thanks to the intelligent BioActive sensor, Galaxy Watch users can track their health status directly from the wrist.

How to use:

Blood Pressure

Install the Samsung Health Monitor application onto your Galaxy smartphone and connect it to your compatible Galaxy Watch5 then calibrate it with a traditional cuff. Voila, you can now measure the blood pressure on your smartwatch anytime, anywhere.

Do note that the Galaxy Watch5 measures blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, which is tracked with the Heart Rate Monitoring sensors. Then, the program records the relationship between the calibration value and the blood pressure change to determine BP.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5 BP ECG Philippines

Electrocardiogram

The ECG (electrocardiogram) feature works by recording the heart’s electrical activity through a sensor on the Galaxy Watch5. You just need to open the Samsung Health Monitor app, sit comfortably and ensure the watch is fitted firmly to your wrist.

Now, rest your forearm on a flat surface and lightly place a fingertip from the opposite hand on the top button on the watch for 30 seconds. Once done, the app will measure your heart rate and rhythm, which will be displayed as either a Sinus Rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (when the heart beats irregularly).

Install the latest firmware update on your Galaxy Watch5 via the Samsung Wearable app to get access to BP and ECG features!

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