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Samsung releases first Galaxy Watch 4 beta app

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Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Plugin April 2023

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is one of the best smartwatches available on the market. The company continually updates these watches to provide users with the best performance. Recently, it received the most anticipated Google Assistant feature.

Meanwhile, to test new features before they get live publically, Samsung has decided to test those updates in the form of beta. Just recently, the OEM began releasing the first One UI Watch 4.5 beta to introduce the first wave of changes and additions that Samsung wants to try.

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But ahead of releasing the beta update, the company introduced the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 beta app. This app distributed the Watch 4 beta through the Galaxy Store. The app installs on an existing Galaxy Watch 4 plugin and provides the same functions.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

However, there are no noticeable changes seen in the Galaxy Wearable app after installing this update, at this moment. But we might see some later (via 9to5Google).

How to get Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Beta app:

Currently, there’s a single way to install the Galaxy Watch 4 beta app on your device. You will have to sign up for the Galaxy Watch 4 beta through the Samsung Members app. Here’s how.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 One UI 4.5 Beta:

Samsung One UI 4.5 beta for Galaxy Watch 4 is live in South Korea and it brings a lot of new changes and new features for the users such as Agif support for notifications, new UI for Contacts, more options for alarm, QWERTY layouts for Samsung Keyboard, new Duo Edge & Box watch faces, and more.

It also enhances existing watch faces by adding dials, indexes, background animals, characters, and colors. Read more

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Google Pixel Watch gains support for SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) tracking

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Google Pixel Watch Spo2

Google seems to bring SpO2 monitoring support on the Pixel Watch. Recently, a Pixel Watch user reported that the Watch is showing SpO2 or Blood Oxygen Saturation on the Fitbit Today app. Along with the information, the user has also shared pictures of tracking SpO2.

Through the images, you can see that the SpO2 feature is located below your sleep score at the bottom of the feed and provides a percentage for your last sleep session on Google Pixel Watch. By opening this option, you can see a new page for SpO2 with more details.

To be mentioned, the SpO2 or Oxygen Saturation sensor measures your blood oxygen saturation, in other words, we can say the amount of oxygen you have in your blood.

Pixel Watch only offers Estimated Oxygen Variation (EOV) under the Restoration section since launch. The Heart Metrics dashboard shows no recent data for SpO2 or skin temperature but now it looks to be changing.

At the moment, it’s unclear how SpO2 works on the Pixel Watch, and it wasn’t seen on any of the devices checked today. Earlier this week, the June 2023 update was released without any major changes, while the Fitbit app on the watch is yet to receive the update.

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A quick look at Universal Gestures on the Galaxy Watch

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Universal Gestures

Samsung’s new One UI 5 Watch Beta is based on Wear OS 4. Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 smartwatch users in the US and Korea are enjoying the new features by joining the Beta program. Meanwhile, here’s a quick look at Universal Gestures on the Galaxy Watch.

With its Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch software, Samsung brought Universal Gestures to the Galaxy Watch. Once enabled, this feature sets the Galaxy Watch to rely on changes in your muscles caused by hand movements to scroll and select like you would with your finger.

If you have a Galaxy Watch running Wear OS, you will be able to access this function in the coming months. This can be activated on command, letting you use the watch as normal until you need to turn the feature on. It detects changes in your watch-bearing arm and signals the Watch to perform action.

How to turn on Universal Gestures

  • On your Galaxy Watch 4/5 (running One UI Watch 5 beta), swipe down and tap Settings
  • Find and tap on Accessibility
  • Now, tap Interaction and dexterity
  • Here, you should get Universal gestures, simply turn it on
  • You should follow the tutorial which appears once you activate the gesture

Gesture – Action

  • Shake your wrist twice — Turn on Universal Gestures
  • Pinch your thumb and index finger — Next item
  • Double pinch — Previous item
  • Make a fist — Tap
  • Make a fist twice — Open the action menu

Samsung Galaxy Watch Universal Gesture

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Future Galaxy Watch to assess calorie intake, Samsung patents in the US

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Samsung Watch calorie

Samsung launched some of the best smartwatches available in the market. As part of future preps, Samsung has patented a new technology in the US, which indicates that future Galaxy Watch devices would be able to assess calorie intake.

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According to the info, the Samsung patent, filed under patent number US 11,653,836 B2, hints at a new smartwatch feature that will determine the number of calories consumed too. As of now, smartwatches show estimated calorie intake data based on heart rate and movement data.

Samsung Galaxy Watch x Calorie Assessment

Samsung’s patent describes using an LED and a spectroscope to measure which wavelengths of light are absorbed, emitted, or reflected by the skin. Later on, the model compares this data against a reference that it created when the wearer is hungry.

After that, an algorithm calculates the calories consumed by comparing current user data with its reference. The company also adjusts its analysis by taking user medical history into account, as well as usual how much the wearer has been active during that day.

As the Galaxy Watch 6 models are just around the corner, forget the calorie intake feature’s arrival this year. The company has been working on a number of new features and technologies, and with this patent is another entry in the huge directory.

If Samsung finishes the development and reaches a satisfactory mark in testing, it will surely come to smartwatches in the future. This feature could be able to help people to manage calorie intake more precisely rather than relying on current, less accurate methods.

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