With the Android 12 operating system, Google introduced Material You theming for Android smartphones that sync with the phone’s wallpaper and applies a similar theme through the user interface. The new Wear OS 3.5 for Android smartwatches is here but unfortunately, it does not adopt Material You.
Meanwhile, to give us an idea of how smartwatches will look when dynamic themes are implemented on them, a shining concept creator and Galaxy fan named @Vetrox360 has created visionary images of the Samsung Galaxy Watch with the Colour Palette feature.
Explaining the implementation of Colour Palette on the Samsung Galaxy Watch, the creator said that users will be able to select a palette when they switch to a new watch face/wallpaper on their wearables.
At the same time, he also suggets that users will be able to sync the watch with their Galaxy phones. So whenever you change the theme of your phone, it will also be applied to your paired watch. This way, both your smartwatch and your smartphone will adopt the same theme and look the same.
As we can see in the shared images, the theme is applied to the quick settings panel of the wearable, its app screen, music controller, as well as sports mode screen.
I don’t know when Samsung or Google will implement the Material You function in their wearables. However, it does not seem impossible for these companies as both are known for their avant-garde creations.
This concept from Vetrox360 is so good and it’s a great idea to fully customize your wearable just like you do with your smartphone. See the screenshots below for a clear look:
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.