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Google Maps can now be used on LTE Galaxy Watch 4/5 without phone

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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.

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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.

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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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Latest Wear OS update damaged ‘raise to wake’ feature for Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, Watch 4

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 have recently got the feature-packed January 2023 update that made the wearables more useful. But for some users, the update has damaged the performance of the wearables. Various users of Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 are reporting about the faulty “raise to wake” feature.

The raise to wake gesture of wearables is a fairly valuable feature for customers. It is smart enough to know when to turn the watch on and off. It allows users to view time, date, or notifications just by simply raising their wrist, making it handly while driving, etc.

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But multiple users of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 are complaining about the erratic behavior of the raise to wake gesture (via PiunikaWeb). Many users have mentioned that the issue is occurring only after the latest software update, before that it was working fine.

Samsung Watch 5 raise to wake

According to users’ reports, every time they lift their wrist to wake up the watch, the screen turns off almost immediately. It only stays on for a couple of seconds, leaving users unable to see the time properly. Some customers even tried full diagnostics on the watch but everything appeared fine there.

I believe that a smartwatch should go to sleep shortly after a wake-up gesture unless further tasks are performed on it so that it can save the battery of the watch. But the watchful time these Galaxy watches are giving after raise to wake is performed is too less, and it should be resolved soon.

There are various reports on the Samsung members community and Reddit platforms that talks about the mentioned problem. However, Samsung is silent, maybe it is addressing the issue before saying anything to the users.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets One UI 5.1 Camera controller zoom, Self-diagnose features in India

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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.

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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.

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Samsung Watch 4 One UI 5.1 features

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.

Software 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

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Samsung introduces Blood Pressure and ECG features for Galaxy Watch 5 in Malaysia

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Samsung Watch 5 Blood Pressure 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.

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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:

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Samsung Watch 5 Blood Pressure Malaysia

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:

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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.

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