Google’s next smartwatch would launch alongside the next-gen Pixel phones later this year. Earlier, it was revealed Wear OS on Google’s Pixel Watch 2 will have a Watch Unlock feature, using which, users will be able to unlock their smartphone.
It looks like, Google’s Watch Unlock feature may not remain exclusive to the Pixel Watch 2. Android developer Mishaal Rahman revealed that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 6 models may also get the upcoming Watch Unlock feature of Wear OS 4.
Older Galaxy Watch?
Since the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 4 also run Wear OS, there are high chances of this feature’s debut on these models. Watch 6 lineup is the company’s latest offering, bringing upgraded chipset and software enhancements, therefore, the Watch Unlock feature’s availability may remain limited initially.
Watch Unlock is an upcoming feature that will make it easier to unlock your phone when regular biometric authentication fails, like when your fingers are wet or your face isn’t recognized.
When your watch is unlocked, on your wrist, and within reach of your phone, your smartwatch will automatically unlock your phone when you swipe up on the lock screen.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 series: How to solve the Watch Face preview issue
Some third-party watch faces on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 series do not show the preview when you use the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone to customize them. If you own a Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 series and use some third-party watch faces, you might have noticed this issue.
However, Samsung has officially confirmed that this is happening because of a bug that prevents the Galaxy Wearable app from processing the events related to watch face customization provided by Google.
Samsung has acknowledged this issue and plans to release a software update that will fix it. In addition, the Korean tech giant has shared a temporary solution to resolve this issue through the community.
You can still customize the watch face on your watch, without using your phone. You just need to follow a few easy steps – Press and hold the watch screen on your Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 series >> Swipe left or right to select the watch face you want to customize >> Tap on the customize button >> Now you can customize as you like.
If you are facing any issues with your Galaxy Watch then make sure to update it to the latest available software.
For that, you just need to open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone that is connected to your Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 series >> Tap on the watch settings option on the app’s home screen >> Click on the update watch software option >> Press download and install option to start the update process.
Samsung sets Galaxy Fit 3 launch with 1 million shipments target
Samsung confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Fit 3 in the first half of next year. The company aims to ship a total of 1 million units of its upcoming fitness tracker device.
This wearable device simplifies features and reduces the pricing of smartwatches. The market predicted that Samsung would discontinue its smart band with the Galaxy Fit 2, which was released in October 2020.
The new product is expected to have an enlarged display and increased health measurement and fitness features. Samsung is significantly boosting the health functions of its smartwatches.
It has been reported that the launch of a sequel has been decided to expand the wearable device lineup as the healthcare market, which Samsung is focusing on as a new business, is growing.
Notably, the Galaxy Fit 3 launch could take place in the first half of 2024, separate from the January Unpacked. Samsung has been alternately unveiling wearable devices such as the Watch and Buds along with smartphones at Unpacked events in the first and second half.
Given that there are no new Samsung wearable devices for the time being, the Galaxy Fit 3 is expected to serve as a kind of stepping stone early next year. The Galaxy Watch 7 series and Galaxy Buds 3 series, successors to the current products, will be released in the second half of next year.
Samsung Galaxy Watch’s Universal Gestures Feature – What is it and how to use
Samsung officially details Galaxy Watch’s Universal Gestures feature. The company has always been committed to delivering a consistent experience for all Samsung users. To recall, the Universal Gestures was introduced as part of the One UI 5 Watch update.
Universal Gestures feature offers users a valuable alternative to the interactions needed to operate the device. With four distinct gestures – Make Fist, Make Fist Twice, Pinch, and Double Pinch – users can navigate their Galaxy Watch in ways that work best for them.
How to Turn On Universal Gestures
To activate Universal Gestures on the Galaxy Watch, follow these simple steps:
Once the Universal Gestures feature is enabled, your Galaxy Watch will indicate it with a customizable colored outline, allowing you to utilize this intuitive mode for a tailored and accessible experience.
Make Fist to Open Action Menu and Select
Within Universal Gestures, the Make Fist gesture simplifies the process of selecting and opening items on the Galaxy Watch.
Make Fist Twice gesture unveils the Action menu, which is an array of convenient options accessible right from your wrist. Imagine this menu as a toolbox packed with essential tools, such as opening the apps menu, going to the previous screen and displaying recent apps.
The Action menu is also dynamic, adjusting its content based on whichever screen is currently open when the user activates the Action menu. When you are ready to select the item, simply make a fist.
Pinch to Navigate Back and Forth
The Pinch and Double Pinch gestures on the Galaxy Watch offer new touch-free ways for users to interact with their Galaxy Watch, which are especially beneficial for individuals facing mobility limitations. With these two gestures, you can navigate from one item to another or go back to the previous item.
Scroll through your messages, browse your calendar items or peruse your photo album – these are all made possible with the Pinch gesture.
Accessibility is about removing barriers and delivering seamless experiences to everyone. For instance, Galaxy users can easily change any of the actions of these four gestures, further personalizing their device to better serve their needs.
Another Notable Galaxy Watch Control Feature
The Galaxy Watch’s Gestures, located within Advanced features, is another standout feature that offers a convenient shortcut for actions — answering calls, dismissing alerts or swiftly launching apps — all achievable through simple hand and arm motions.