Even though the original Galaxy Watch and Watch Active were launched years ago, Samsung is still treating these wearables with new firmware updates. That is quite surprising considering companies generally focusses more on smartphones when it comes to software updates. Well, the chaebol has now rolled a new major update to its Galaxy Watch and Watch Active. The new update brings a bunch of features from the latest Galaxy Watch 3.
Galaxy Watch & Galaxy Watch Active gets a major firmware upgrade!
The original Galaxy Watch is now receiving a new update with the firmware version R810XXU1FUB6. For the Galaxy Watch Active, the same upgrade carries the version R500XXUF1UB5. Both the updates weigh around 291MB so you can obviously download it via cellular connection as well. The software update is currently only rolled out in two regions namely South Korea and the US.
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With that said, the update should expand to more markets in the coming days. Whenever that’ll happen, we’ll obviously make sure to update our readers. As mentioned earlier, the new firmware update brings a bunch of features straight from the Watch 3. Here’s the list of key features that the new update has brought.
- ability to see images in notifications from the paired smartphone
- support for AR emoji and Bitmoji
- voice guidance for running and cycling workouts
- scrolling screenshots
- voice guidance over connected Bluetooth earphones
Apart from all the above features, the update also brings few performance improvements and more stability to the wearable. It is worth noting that both the wearables were launched with Tizen OS 4.0 underneath. Fast forward to 2021, the smartwatches are running on the all-new Tizen OS 5.5 software.
Galaxy Watch and Active are still quite capable wearable in 2021 and would suffice to most users out there.
Samsung also working on the next-gen of wearables!
Samsung is reportedly working on the next-generation of the Galaxy Watch. According to reports, it looks like they are going to be two different variants which you might also be guessing. But what you might not be guessing is the fact that there could be two different software variants. We’re looking at the TizenOS and WearOS. Yes! Samsung is planning to switch to WearOS for its next offering and that might actually turn in their favor.