LTE variants of Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 will soon be able to use Google Maps, even when not paired to the smartphone. Announced at the CES 2023, Google Maps has started to roll out on the Pixel Watch running Wear OS 3.5, and on the way to LTE Galaxy Watch devices!
The latest Google Maps for Wear OS update makes it capable of showing turn-by-turn navigation. This feature will soon be landed on some other devices running Wear OS 3.5 such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 series smartwatches.
Since the feature doesn’t require a connected smartphone, your smartwatch must have LTE network connectivity to experience seamless navigation on the go. Notably, the minimum operating system requirement for the phone-less Google Maps feature is Wear OS 3.
It makes the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 compatible with the new Google Maps feature along with Google’s Pixel Watch. As soon as the company rollout out this feature in your country/region, you should be able to use it inside the Maps settings via Launch mode.
How to get Launch Mode?
- Open Google Maps on your Galaxy Watch 4 or 5
- Scroll down and open Settings
- Open Launch Mode
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Samsung’s Universal Gestures of Galaxy Watch detailed
Thanks to the One UI Watch’s Universal Gestures, Samsung Galaxy Watch models are suitable for everyone. The feature enhances accessibility and allows you to navigate without having to touch the display or the rotating bezel (or the virtual bezel) at all.
Users of Samsung Galaxy Watch can activate the Universal Gestures through the Accessibility sub-menu under Settings. The “make a fist” gesture selects an item while making a fist twice opens up the Action menu, or activates Universal gestures.
The pinch moves to the next highlighted item while a double pinch returns to highlight the previous item. The Action menu showcases different available actions based on the active app or menu. Interestingly, users having no disabilities would also find the Universal Gestures feature useful.
Verizon rolling out November 2023 update to Galaxy Watch 6 with trimmed Samsung app names
November 2023 update for Verizon Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic can be identified through the build version ending with AWK4 in the US. This update is already available in Korea.
The latest update improves the stability and performance of the device. According to the release notes, the company has simplified the names of some stock apps by removing “Samsung” from them. These apps are:
- Samsung Health > Health
- Samsung Pay > Pay
- Samsung Wallet > Wallet
- Samsung Global Goals > Global Goals
To install the latest update, you just need to open the Galaxy wearable app on a connected Android phone and navigate to Watch Settings>> Watch software update >> Download and install. If an update is available, tap the “Update now” option, and on the Watch software update’ screen, tap “Install now”.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, 5 and 6 can store transport ticket
Samsung and Île-de-France Mobilités launch a new phase of experimentation on the dematerialization of transport tickets which will allow you to validate your ticket or Navigo pass with a Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 5, or Watch 6 series smartwatch in Ile-de-France Mobilités, France.
Île-de-France Mobilités is in the process of converting transport tickets and is stepping up its efforts to increasingly dematerialize them. The objective is to make the lives of Ile-de-France residents easier and to save them time by purchasing, recharging, and validating their transport tickets instantly.
Financed by Île-de-France Mobilités, this experiment will make it possible to test the purchase of tickets from your smartphone to store them on the connected watch and validate them on the terminals of the Île transport network -de-France Mobilités.
The experiment is open to 10,000 testers, Wear OS-powered Galaxy Watch owners can register for this phase today.