Samsung is almost ready to deliver the One UI Watch 4.5 update to the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic. It’s based on Google Wear OS 3.5 (this also means the older Tizen-based Galaxy Watches won’t get it should you wonder). This software will also run on the “upcoming Galaxy Watch Series”, tip, tip.
The new version will improve the clocks’ announcement skills. Previously it was possible to install Gboard for input and voice input, now Samsung has prepared a new keyboard. It supports swipe input, handwriting recognition and voice guidance. Users will be able to switch seamlessly between the input methods, e.g. gives swiping more privacy if there are spectators.
Additionally, if your Galaxy Watch is paired with a dual-SIM Galaxy phone, you will be able to choose which SIM card to use when making a call from the watch (there is also a “Always ask” ). Note that this is for phone calls and not for watches with eSIM.
One UI Watch 4.5 will also add new availability functions. Users who have trouble distinguishing certain colors will be able to adjust the shade of the screen and increase the contrast. In addition, they will be able to reduce transparency and blur effects and remove animations. If you have a Bluetooth headset connected to the watch, you will be able to adjust the left / right sound balance if you have problems hearing with one ear.
The new software also lets you slow down, e.g. there is an option to adjust the pressure duration and an option to ignore repeated touches. On top of that, features that are briefly displayed on the screen (such as volume and notification displays) can be left hanging for a longer period of time. All accessibility options will be available via a convenient menu. The Home button can be set to start your most used functions with a double tap or a press and hold.
Samsung also improved customization functions. The new favorites list allows you to add the best dials for easy access, and there’s a clever trick – you can add the same dial multiple times, just with a different theme and set of complications.
The same dial can be added to the Favorites list with different styles and complications
The One UI Watch 4.5 update will be rolled out for the Galaxy Watch4 series in the July-September quarter. This is not an exhaustive list of all the new features, by the way, Samsung has other improvements up its sleeve which will be revealed in good time.