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.
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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.
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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.
Samsung One UI 5 Watch (Wear OS 4) Eligible Galaxy Smartwatches
On May 4, 2023, Samsung introduced its new Galaxy Watch OS—One UI 5 Watch—which will be rolled out to eligible smartwatches. The company confirmed that the Beta testing of the new Watch OS will go live in May, and the next-gen Galaxy watches will come pre-installed with the new version.
This means, the Galaxy Watch 6 series will launch pre-loaded with the new One UI 5 Watch OS in the second half. As of now, Samsung just has a handful of models that are eligible for the new software iteration as previous watches run Tizen OS, not Wear OS.
In 2021, Samsung teamed with Google, ditching Tizen OS the One UI Watch debuted as a new hybrid software for Galaxy smartwatches. As One UI 5 Watch is a major upgrade over version “4” and as speculated Google has also upgraded the Wear OS 4 version to Android 13.
All the amazing Galaxy watches running Wear OS are eligible for the One UI Watch’s 5th iteration. Throughout the Beta testing, which starts this month, your smartwatch may get the One UI 5 Watch upgrade sometime in August this year.
Samsung’s One UI 5 Watch features improved sleep management and fitness functions to offer users a better health management experience. In addition, all the available features in One UI Watch 4.5 linked to user safety have also been improved.
Samsung One UI 5 Watch OS Eligible Galaxy Smartwatches:
Galaxy Watch 5 Series
- Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
- Galaxy Watch 5
Galaxy Watch 4 Series
- Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
- Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is here with rotating bezel: 5K renders reveal design
5K renders confirm, Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic will bring back the physical rotating bezel, which was missing in the top model of the Watch 5 lineup. The smartwatch is likely to be unveiled on July 26 along with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Fold 5 smartphones.
Onleaks in collaboration with MySmartPrice revealed the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic design through 5K renders, which confirm the comeback of the physical rotating bezel. The source also confirmed that the Watch 6 Classic is the successor of the current Watch 5 Pro.
Due to the arrival of a physical rotating bezel, Samsung’s upcoming premium smartwatch is a true successor to the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, released back in 2021. However, the circular display is surrounded by slightly thick bezels than the Watch 5 Pro.
While the left edge of the watch is flush, the right has the Home and Back buttons. The 5K renders also show a magnetic loop strap attached to the Watch. As usual, the company will likely make the Watch 6 Classic available with multiple strap options.
The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is equipped with a 1.47-inch display with a higher resolution of 470 x 470 pixels. It could be packed with a bigger battery than the outgoing model, which could be about 425mAh. It will run the One UI 5 Watch operating system, probably based on Android 13-based Wear OS 4.
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Samsung One UI 5 Watch (Wear OS 4) will bring faster and reliable text-to-speech
Samsung has recently revealed the One UI 5 Watch, which will power the next-gen Galaxy smartwatches. Before its official debut, the company promised to begin the One UI 5 Watch Beta program for Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 5 and revealed some features.
Meanwhile, Google announced yesterday that the Wear OS 4 will introduce “a new text-to-speech experience that is faster and more reliable.” This means the Galaxy Watch’s One UI 5 Watch will surely include the enhanced TTS functionality, scheduled to release later this year.
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For starters, TTS (Text-to-speech) is a technology, which turns text into audio. It can read aloud PDFs, websites, and books using AI-generated voice. Mainly, it’s helpful for those with dyslexia or visual impairment. However, TTS can also be used to create audiobooks, podcasts, and other audio content.
Benefits of Text to speech
- Help people who have difficulty reading.
- Create audiobooks, podcasts, and other audio content.
- Learn new languages.
- Listen to news and information while you are doing other things.
At the I/O 2023, Google highlighted that big updates are coming to the Wear OS platform. Later on, the company delivered two new sound and display modes to improve watch customization. Until the official debut of Wear OS 4, we will continue to witness more new additions and features.
More on One UI Watch, Wear OS:
- Wear OS 4 (One UI 5 Watch) to bring animated tiles, golf tracking
- Wear OS 4 Developer Preview begins, One UI 5 Watch Beta awaited!
- One UI 5 Watch OS Is Officially Confirmed To Unlock the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification Feature
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- One UI 5 Watch OS Eligible Samsung Smartwatches
- Samsung launches One UI 5 Watch
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