Galaxy Watch and Active are getting features from Galaxy Watch3

Galaxy Watch3

Back in August last year, Samsung unveiled its new contender for the market of wearables in the form of Galaxy Watch3. The company brought an innovative smartwatch to compete in a trending segment. The Galaxy Watch3 comes with really useful health-related features like ECG and blood pressure monitoring. Although the new wearable is one of the best smartwatches in the market, users of the original Galax Watch and Galaxy Watch Active may not be so tempted to upgrade. Now, Samsung is improving this duo of wearables allowing them to stay useful for a long time. The update brings some of the Galaxy Watch3 features to the older models.

Galaxy Watch
Galaxy Watch (2018)

The original Galaxy Wach and Active are getting a new firmware update from Samsung. This update weighs in at about 292MB and brings some nice features. For instance, it brings a smarter notification system that allows you to see images in the incoming messages. The feature became available with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and is present on the Watch3. Now, even the first smartwatch support images in notifications and images. It’s unusual to see older models getting important updates. But Samsung is really changing its philosophy when it comes to providing a consistent user experience across its devices.

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Galaxy Watch Active (2019)
Galaxy Watch Active

The update adds AR Emoji, Bitmoji, long screenshot feature, and more

Other additions for the update include AR Emoji and Bitmoji. These features can be used to enrich the conversations. Moreover, there is new voice guidance for workouts when recording automatic sections of running and biking exercises. Users can also set the voice guidance to play on a Bluetooth headset. The scrolling capture for longer screenshots is also enabled. Last but not least, we have a bunch of fixes and enhancements to improve the smartwatches.

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The update for the Galaxy Watch carries firmware version R810XXU1FUB6. The Galaxy Watch Active, on the other hand, is getting a firmware update R500XXUF1UB5. Both the updates are rolling out to users in the United States and South Korea. However, it will probably reach other regions in a near future.

For those unaware, the first Galaxy Watch reached the market in August 2018. So it is about to complete its third anniversary. The Active version was revealed in March 2019. We can say that Samsung’s commitment to updates is pretty much impressive at this point. It will certainly be a plus for users when they are looking for a good smartwatch. After all, if you purchase a new Galaxy Watch, you will also get the promise of an improved experience over time thanks to continuous support.

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