Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 owners are getting a glimpse of things to come. A leak has shown the features of Wear OS 3.5 and One UI Watch 4.5 coming soon to your wrist.
The information comes from well-known leaker Evan Blass (via android authority). It has an excellent track record when it comes to this sort of thing and was one of the first to post images of the upcoming Google Pixel Watch.
The following images shared on Twitter show what you’ll find in Wear OS 3.5 and One UI Watch 4.5. For starters, this includes a bunch of new watch faces. It is not a real surprise and we hope that more skins will arrive by the time the software is official.
More interesting is the preview of the upcoming functionality. This includes some features that will make interacting with your watch a breeze.
The first is a QWERTY keyboard, something similar to what’s already available on the Apple Watch. Another is a TalkBack or Voice Assistant feature. This is something that already exists in Samsung phones and tablets. In that incarnation, TalkBack allows blind and low vision users to use their device without looking at the screen.
It makes a lot of sense to transfer the feature to the Galaxy Watch. After all, it has a tiny screen that makes it difficult to interact with, even for those with excellent eyesight. As one of the leaked images shows, the feature can be enabled by double-pressing the device’s action button, allowing seamless voice input.
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Beyond this, users will be able to adjust the left/right balance of the audio stream from their watch. Other new customization options include touch duration, double-tap accessibility shortcut, color correction toggle, and the option to use one of four color filters.
Another set of images shows the dual SIM functionality. Just like on a smartphone, it will allow users to choose which SIM to use from their wrist to communicate. A useful feature for those who travel frequently or like to keep their business and personal SIM card in the same device.
These updates are still in development. Expectations are that they will appear on the Galaxy Watch 5 sometime this summer. By then, we expect watches from other brands to join the Wear OS 3 crowd.
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