Google recently introduced a set of new features, such as Reading mode, emoji mashups, security alerts, and more, for Android devices. Additionally, the company has also announced three new tiles and other Google app improvements for its Wear OS smartwatches including Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5.
Wear OS tiles make it easy to see important information at a glance. Google already offers Google Maps tile to let users start navigating to their home or office from anywhere. Meanwhile, to help users get more things done from their watch, the company is now bringing three new Tiles.
These include Favorite Contacts, Sunrise Time, and Sunset Time. The Favorite Contacts show up to five people’s profile images and feature a shortcut to open the full Google Contacts app, whereas, the Sunrise Time and Sunset Time note what time the two daily events will occur and provides a countdown toward each.
Improved Google Keep:
Google has further updated the Google Keep app for Wear OS customers so that users’ notes and to-dos on their watches look as good as on their phones. This app update brings the ability to view labels, collaborators, photos, custom backgrounds, and even drawings.
Improved Google Assistant:
It’s not been so long since Google released Google Assistant for its Wear OS smartwatch customers. The company is now significantly improving this feature with the integration of the Adidas Running app.
You can use Google Assistant to quickly jump into over 30 types of workouts with the Adidas Running app. Just say “Hey Google, start running with Adidas Running” and the app will open and start tracking your workout, noting your pace, distance, and heart rate via the built-in sensors on your smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 running Wear OS 3.5 will get access to all these new tiles and Google app improvements shortly.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom, Self-diagnose features in India
After the Galaxy Watch 5, Samsung began rolling out the January 2023 feature-packed update to Galaxy Watch 4 users last week. This update was limited to South Korea but now, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 customers living in India are also getting access to One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features with the new software update.
As per the information, the new Camera controller zoom feature will let the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 customers remotely zoom the camera by pinching in or out the watch’s screen or through the rotating bezel.
It is noteworthy that Samsung is only releasing this Camera Controller zoom feature for the flagship phones released after Galaxy S20 or Galaxy Z Flip driving at least One UI 5.1 software. It means you will not be able to use it at present. However, you can have hands-on this feature once your Galaxy phone will receive the One UI 5.1 update.
Moreover, the January 2023 software update for Galaxy Watch 4 further brings the ability for Self-diagnose. It installs a new “Connected device diagnostics” option that will allow you to check the proper performance of your wearable’s battery status, touch screen function, and more on the connected phone.
You can now use this feature by updating your Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung Members app, and Galaxy Wearable app to their latest version.
Samsung is currently rolling out the One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom and Self-diagnose features for the LTE version of Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. You can determine it through the built version:
- Galaxy Watch 4 (40mm) – R865FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 (44mm) – R875FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (42mm) – R885FXXU1GWA3
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic (46mm) – R895FXXU1GWA3
— Samsung One UI Software Updates (@SamSWUpdate) January 31, 2023
Samsung introduces Blood Pressure and ECG features for Galaxy Watch 5 in Malaysia
Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro smartwatches in August 2022. But due to legal limitations, some of the features were limited to certain regions. Now Samsung has officially announced that it is releasing the Blood Pressure and ECG features for Galaxy Watch 5 users in Malaysia.
The company said that the features have already started reaching the users of Galaxy Watch 5 or Watch 5 Pro in Malaysia starting January 25. Customers can now check for and install the latest update on their Galaxy wearables, the features should be installed with the new update.
Galaxy Watch 5 Blood Pressure:
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series is built with Photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensor. You can record your pulse rate along with your systolic and diastolic pressure and record it in the Samsung Health Monitor Blood Pressure app. Here’s how to:
First, you need to set up Samsung Health Monitor on your Galaxy Watch and connected smartphone. Next, calibrate your Galaxy Watch based on the instructions on the Samsung Health Monitor app.
Now wear your Galaxy Watch on the same wrist as during the calibration and make sure the strap is snug, then measure your blood pressure. Once done, you can review your blood pressure measurements.
Galaxy Watch 5 ECG:
An ECG is a simple test to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, in order to detect irregular rhythms. The Galaxy Watch 5 is built in with an ECG sensor, you can use the Samsung Health Monitor ECG app to create, record, save and export ECG data. Here’s how to:
Pair your Galaxy Watch with a Galaxy smartphone and wear the watch snugly on your wrist. Now open the Samsung Health Monitor app on your Galaxy Watch and rest your fingertip of the opposite hand lightly on the Galaxy Watch’s top button for 30 seconds to take an ECG reading.
The ECG data is synced to the paired Galaxy smartphone where a PDF report is created.
For more information regarding Blood Pressure and ECG features on your Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 or Watch 5 Pro, visit Samsung Newsroom.
SmartThings update will bring smart home controls to Samsung Galaxy Watch
Samsung announced that a new SmartThings update is coming soon to make the Galaxy Watch devices more advanced when it comes to smart home controls. SmartThings ecosystem will let Galaxy Watch users monitor and control more of their smart home right from their wrist.
In addition, the update will expand the list of devices, which can be controlled using SmartThings on Galaxy Watch including air purifiers, thermostats, and blinds. Already available features including controlling home devices like TV, A/C, lights, speakers, and more will get further enhancements.
For instance, the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 users will be able to livestream both home and doorbell Ring and Nest cameras for the first time. Additionally, ring camera users can also access two-way talk directly from their Galaxy Watch.
It’s easier than ever to stay connected with your smart home with the ability to check connected cameras from Galaxy Watch. And Galaxy Watch users don’t even need to open the app as they can simply swipe right from the Watch face to easily reach SmartThings.
Samsung demonstrated how it is “bringing calm to our connected world” with the power of SmartThings at CES 2023. The company shows off that this update is the latest example of its commitment to removing complexity in today’s ever-growing, interconnected ecosystem of devices.