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Google launches Wear OS 5 Developer Preview, new Watch Face Format

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Google today launched Wear OS 5 Developer Preview and more related updates.

Upcoming Samsung Galaxy smartwatches will be shipped with the Wear OS 5-based One UI Watch operating system. The company is also developing this new OS for current eligible models such as the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic.

Google released the Developer Preview of Wear OS 5. The company also confirmed that the next version of its smartwatch platform is powered by the latest Android 14 and is scheduled to arrive later this year.

Wear OS 5 brings performance improvements over Wear OS 4. Tracking your workout is now more efficient; for example, running a marathon consumes up to 20% less power on Wear OS 5 than on Wear OS 4.

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Watch Face Format

Debuted with Wear OS 4 last year, the Watch Face Format is also upgrading with Wear OS 5. The company also teased some changes to existing watch face development using Jetpack Watch Face APIs.

Google is restricting complications for watch faces built with AndroidX or the Wearable Support Library that will apply to some data sources besides Google Play publishing limitations to new watch faces built with these libraries.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 3, Buds 3 Pro clear BIS hurdle

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Samsung’s new earbuds are coming next month. Ahead of the launch, Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro have been spotted on the BIS database. The listing indicates that the company is preparing to launch these products in the Indian market soon.

As spotted on BIS (via MySmartPrice), Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro carry model numbers SM-R530 and SM-R630, respectively. Before the earbuds, the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, and Watch FE appeared on the BIS certification site.

Earlier, the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro’s promotional image was leaked. The asset revealed a major design change, making it look identical to Apple’s AirPods. The next-gen Galaxy Buds will likely have an improved calling experience, longer battery life, and enhanced ANC.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 3 Pro

As you can see in the image, the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro features a stem similar to AirPods. The stem will likely have Blade Lights, which could indicate various things. The Galaxy Buds 3’s design still remains a mystery, which we expect to be solved this week.

Previous reports revealed that the Galaxy Buds 3 Pro will be equipped with a dual-driver design, Bluetooth v5.4, 24-bit 96KHz audio transmission, Adaptive ANC, Adaptive EQ, Ambient Sound, up to 30 hours battery life, and IP57 rating.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE release date allegedly revealed

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Samsung is rumored to launch an FE-branded smartwatch, but when? While Samsung refrained from revealing the Galaxy Watch FE release date, a tipster claims that it’s arriving on June 24. It means the Watch FE is coming two weeks ahead of the July Unpacked.

The Galaxy Watch FE release date would be June 24 claims a new rumor. The smartwatch is equipped with the same hardware as the Galaxy Watch 4. Naturally, the gadget will ship with the latest Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch operating system.

At the July Unpacked, the South Korean tech giant may launch three more Galaxy smartwatches. This year, the wearable segment may add Watch 7, Watch  7 Classic, and Watch Ultra. Overall, Samsung is preparing to ship four smartwatch models to the Galaxy Watch line in 2024.

Apart from Galaxy Watch, Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Ring, Galaxy Buds 3, and Galaxy Buds 3 Pro. As many new devices are already in the queue to launch at next month’s Unpacked, the Watch FE may get an early launch.

However, it’s not a confirmed date as it arrived from a tipster’s X post. As soon as Samsung officially confirms the Watch FE release date, we will let you know. Are you wondering about buying the upcoming Fan Edition smartwatch? Feel free to share with us through social media.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE design, specs leaked

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Samsung Galaxy Watch FE design and specs have been leaked. The renders indicate the reborn of the Galaxy Watch 4, Samsung’s first Wear OS smartwatch. Rather than a 2024 refresh, the company would market it as the Galaxy Watch FE.

Design-wise, the Galaxy Watch FE looks similar to the Galaxy Watch 4. It looks like the smartwatch will lack the physical rotating bezel seen in the Classic variant. However, the firmware is being bumped to the latest Stable One UI Watch version available out there.

Samsung Galaxy Watch FE

Samsung Galaxy Watch FE Design & Specs

The Galaxy Watch FE may sport a 1.2-inch sAMOLED display with 396×396 pixel resolution. Under the hood, the wearable would pack an Exynos W920 chip with 1.18GHz speed. It could be paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

One UI 5 Watch is expected to come pre-installed. As the Galaxy Watch 7 will ship with Wear OS 5-based One UI 6 Watch, the Watch FE will get it through a software update. Moreover, it will pack a 247mAh battery, offering up to 30 hours of battery life with support for wireless charging.

As far as the build quality is concerned, the Galaxy Watch FE is expected to have an Aluminum body. It will also have water certification up to 5 ATM, IP68 / MIL-STD-810H, claiming water resistance up to 50 meters. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and GPS are other specs.

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