The Galaxy Watch 4 series are exceptionally performing well and Samsung leaves no chance to update them. Well, it gets special attention as this is the first time company ditched Tizen OS for WearOS. In the latest news, the Verizon-based Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are getting a new update that brings some user-friendly changes.
For the Galaxy Watch 4, the update arrives on firmware version R865USQU1BUI5 (40mm) and R875USQU1BUI5 (44mm). While for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, the version upgrades to R885USQU1BUI5 (42mm) and R895USQU1BUI5 (46mm).
Regarding changes, here is a list of what the new version carries:
- New Watch Faces: Samsung is adding four new watch faces with this update to make it more lively. The faces include— Live wallpaper, Basic dashboard, Info brick, and Weather center. Additionally, you also get two more Cute Characters!
- Steps challenge: There are new animations and an option to choose Steps or Together. The Steps option is meant to count the user’s steps. While the Together option will allow the user to challenge friends for walking competitions.
- Animal: Now, you can also customize the edges of your Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic with the newly added options to make your wearable more homely.
- My Face: Your Galaxy Watch 4 wearables now supports GIFs. That means you can now see the received animations right on your wrist.
- AR Emoji and Bitmoji: Soon after updating your watches to the latest version, you will get a popup notification. It will say that you can now create your avatars using the mobile app on your connected smartphone.
- Quick launch gesture: There’s a new gesture for which you just need to flick your wrist down twice within 5 seconds. The gesture can perform the assigned task like opening recently used apps, opening an exercise type list, starting a recent exercise, and adding a reminder.
- Hard fall detection sensitivity: A new option has been added that will alert you in 60 seconds after a fall. In case you do not respond in a minute, an SOS message will be sent to the emergency contacts. You can toggle the Hard fall detection setting via the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone. Visit Watch settings > SOS > When hard fall detected > Hard fall detection.
As the OTA is having an incremental rollout, you may have to wait for some days to grab the new features. But you can always track the build manually via the dedicated app on your connected smartphone.