After a slight delay, Samsung has now opened the One UI Watch 5 Beta for its Galaxy smartwatches. This highly anticipated update, One UI Watch 5, is expected to bring significant enhancements to Samsung’s smartwatch lineup.
The first beta version of One UI Watch 5 was just released recently, offering users a glimpse of the upcoming features and improvements. Let’s explore more about the details and new additions included in the first beta of One UI Watch 5.
Currently, One UI Watch 4 is the latest OS version, which was released last year alongside the Galaxy Watch 5 series. It is expected that One UI Watch 5 will be released around the same time this year, possibly alongside the Galaxy Watch 6 series.
Samsung has officially announced the latest beta update in its community forum, where future beta builds will also be announced. The initial One UI Watch 5 Beta is now available for the Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro.
The One UI Watch 5 Beta program is currently available in the United States and South Korea. If you own a Galaxy Watch from the past two years and reside in either of these regions, you have the opportunity to join the beta program. You can participate in the beta program from Samsung Members app.
The first beta comes with many changes and improvements. Here is the official list of changes.
Watch faces and tiles
Add watch faces and tiles more easily
A new vertical layout makes it easier to find the watch faces and tiles that are right for you.
Improved Buds controller tile
You can now turn 360 audio on and off from the Buds controller tile if your Buds support 360 audio.
Quick access to timers
You can start timers from the new Timer tile without opening the Timer app.
Set an album or story as your watch face
Instead of just one picture, you can now make your watch face cycle between pictures in an album or story that you select. Your watch face will change to a different picture each time you turn on the watch screen.
Automatically record cycling workouts
Samsung Health can now detect when you start cycling and record your workout automatically. You can also set whether to automatically map your cycling routes.
Get heart rate guidance during running workouts
Your watch can provide personalized heart rate zones while you run to help you manage your exercise intensity.
Backup and restore
Keep your watch data safe
Files and data from your watch are periodically backed up to your phone when it’s connected to your watch. You can also save backups to Samsung Cloud. Your phone needs the latest version of the Smart Switch app to use this feature.
Control your phone
More call controls
You now have more control over calls without touching your phone. You can adjust the call volume, mute sound, and press buttons on the keypad, all from your watch.
Dictate text with the Home button
Just press and hold the Home button any time you’re entering text with Samsung Keyboard to instantly switch to voice input.
Use multiple timers at once
You can now have up to 20 timers running at the same time to help keep track of all your tasks.
Share your medical info in an emergency
A button to access your medical info will appear automatically when a hard fall is detected or when you press the Home button 5 times to start the Emergency SOS feature.
Check the status of your watch’s battery, storage, and memory and immediately fix any problems to extend battery life and keep your watch running smoothly.
Control your watch without touching it
Universal gestures let you control your watch without touching the screen or pressing a button. You can assign various actions to gestures such as shaking your wrist, making a fist, or pinching your fingers.
Organize apps in folders
Create folders to keep your apps organized so you can find the apps you need quickly with less scrolling.