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
OnePlus Buds Pro 3 surfaces as Samsung is about to launch Fan Edition earbuds
According to the info, the OnePlus Buds Pro 3 renders show it looks identical to its predecessor. Design-wise, the only change that can be seen is the metallic finish on the earbuds, while the weight could be 4.77 grams each.
OnePlus Buds Pro 3 reportedly packs 10.4mm (woofer) and 6mm (tweeter). The upcoming earbuds are also said to bring 48dB Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) support as well as IP55 rating for dust and water resistance.
Additionally, the earbuds will have Bluetooth v5.3, Google Fast pair, and dual connection support. It’s said that the battery life could be 9 hours, similar to the Buds 2 Pro when ANC is turned off.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series gets new update in September 2023
September 2023 is going on and Samsung has started releasing a new update for Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in India. This update brings the June 2023 security patch to improve system security.
The latest software improves system stability and reliability to provide a better performance and bug-free experience. However, the official changelog nowhere mentions that the update brings any features with the smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series users can identify the September 2023 update in India with the ending version AWI1. It carries an updated package size of 171.38MB.
Users can download this update through 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 Software Updates (@SamsungSWUpdate) September 26, 2023
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.