Google’s Wear OS 4 is available for developers via an emulator, while Samsung is about to drop the first Beta for Galaxy smartwatches. It’s almost confirmed that One UI 5 Watch will be based on Wear OS 4, thanks to the close collaboration between Samsung and Google.
Ahead of the rollout, Google introduced animated Tiles on Wear OS 4, which are coming to various apps including Poleton, Spotify, and WhatsApp. In addition, the next big upgrade to the platform will also introduce native golf tracking.
Similar to smartphones, both firms appear to be focusing on the user interface’s interface and transitions. Wear OS 4 will bring animated tiles for various applications from Samsung and third-party devs. According to Google, it’s working with WhatsApp, Spotify, and Poleton to bring Tiles to their apps.
Version 1.2 of the Jetpack Tiles library lets developers add animations to Tiles.
There are two types in particular:
- Tween animations “create smooth transitions on changes to part of your layout,” like the goal/status ring often used by fitness apps
- Transition animations will “animate new or disappearing elements from the tile,” like when a weather forecast updates
Developers are now able to use data from the sensors via Health Services API, which unlocks the possibility of new activity and health-tracking apps. This will benefit the Wear OS with the integration of features like faster and more frequent heart rate data fetching and native golf tracking.
Google revealed that it has developed the Golf Tracking feature in collaboration with Samsung. The Wear OS 4 Golf Tracking to monitor the number of golf shots and the size of the golf swing. It will be a pretty impressive addon for those who love playing golf!
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Revolutionizes Running with University of Michigan Partnership
Thanks to Samsung’s research partnership, the Galaxy Watch 6 revolutionizes running with the University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative. This collaboration is launched to help runners manage their health and physical activity by providing more reliable and accurate data.
The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory (MiPR) — ESSI’s core research lab — will oversee an eight-month study that uses the Galaxy Watch series to estimate the VO2 max and sweat loss of participants as they run.
The study will compare reference data against smartwatch data from both indoor (treadmill) and outdoor running trials of different distances, from 2.5km to 20km.
Runners at all levels grapple with sweat loss, dehydration and heat management, particularly during the summer months. Samsung and University of Michigan teams hope the study’s findings will further enhance smartwatch technology, giving runners more accurate measurements of their health metrics.
Galaxy Watch 6
Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic feature personalized fitness coaching, advanced sleep management, and health monitoring. For runners, the new Personalized Heart Rate Zone feature provides five optimal running intensity levels based on individual physical capabilities.
Additionally, Track Run helps runners record their runs while on a running track. During a run, Galaxy Watch provides in-depth analysis including asymmetry, regularity, and ground contact time to help improve performance and reduce injury.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Leak: 12mm AKG tuned speaker, price ~ $100
Samsung has a range of Fan Edition devices in the pipeline, which could be released soon. The company will launch a new FE smartphone, tablets, and earbuds in the near future. A new leak talks about color variants, pricing, and speaker specifications of the Galaxy Buds FE.
A reliable industry source revealed that the Galaxy Buds FE could be available in Graphite/White color options. It features 12mm speakers tuned by AKG, similar to other Samsung earbuds. Additionally, the source mentioned that the earbuds may cost $99.99 (MSRP).
The South Korean tech giant is expected to launch the Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series alongside the Galaxy Buds FE later this year. It appears to be a new strategy of debuting affordable variants of previously released flagship products.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE:
graphite or white
12mm AKG tuned speaker
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) September 15, 2023
Galaxy Buds FE: The best look at Samsung’s new affordable TWS earbuds
Samsung will introduce a set of new Fan Edition products in near future. The company’s next-gen affordable TWS earbuds will be called Galaxy Buds FE, which shown in their best look in press images.
Courtesy of winfuture.de, we now have our best look at the Galaxy Buds FE. The new earbuds differ significantly from the previous models in which Samsung uses a multi-part housing with a centrally located touch surface.
Additionally, the company apparently wants to offer the Buds FE, as with some previous models in its range of wireless headphones for in-ear use, with rubber covers as part of improving the grip on ear cups of different shapes.