The hotly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 will run the company’s next smartwatch OS dubbed, One UI Watch. This new operating system will be based on Wear OS from Google. The South Korean tech giant has already confirmed that its impending smartwatch will boast its own One UI but refrained from divulging a lot of details about its upcoming wearable.
Earlier reports have confirmed that Samsung will be replacing Tizen OS with a version of Google smartwatch OS. This smartwatch operating system includes key elements of the Tizen OS. Aside from that, it will also introduce the user interface usually spotted on its smartphones. This will help the company establish a more unified relationship between its two well-received products.
Regrettably, Samsung kept details about the much-awaited Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch Active 4 under wraps even during the MWC 2021 virtual event. However, the tech behemoth gave attendees an idea about what can be expected from Samsung’s Wear collaboration. It also gave them a glimpse of how it will look on its next Galaxy Watch, which is set to be unveiled at an Unpacked event in Summer.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Will Address Some Old Issues
Following Google’s I/O developer conference, several details about the collaboration with Google on its new OS were revealed. Aside from that, developer sessions revealed how Samsung and Google will be teaming up to lock horns with Apple’s popular Apple Watch.
As part of this collaboration, the tech heavyweights will be aiming at achieving major performance improvements, an enhanced developer system, longer battery life, and introducing a myriad of fitness and health-related services. The most notable piece of information here was that Samsung will be topping the new Wear with its One UI.
Samsung has developed the One UI, which is a software overlay. You can find it on the company’s phones. One UI could bring Samsung-branded phones and watches closer together. Samsung showed how settings on the phone will be similar to those on a watch.
So, a watch app will be automatically downloaded and installed on the watch, when you download it on a phone. On top of that, the setting menu on your phone will now bear a striking resemblance to the setting menu on your watch.
What Else Can You Expect?
It can even copy clock settings that have been set on your phone. When you block a specific number on your phone, it will automatically block it on your smartwatch, as well. Samsung is giving its Wear developers access to its watch creator tools. Meanwhile, the company continues to work on new fitness and health-centric services.
Samsung also announced a slew of partner apps, which will be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4. The upcoming wearable is likely to ship with the nutrition app LifeSum. This app is currently available on the Apple Watch and the latest Wear OS platform.
In addition to that, Samsung used the virtual event to speak about offering eSim support for different carriers. This suggests that more networks will be receiving the LTE functionality on the company’s watches in the near future. The company also confirmed that it will be supporting the current Samsung Galaxy Watches with Tizen OS, and the Galaxy Stores. Samsung will offer this support for up to three years.