When Samsung dropped the bomb that it would give up Tizen for Wear OS 3, it promised Do not leave older Galaxy Watch models in the dust. Now Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active 2 will receive new watch faces and health functions as part of One UI 4.
Fall detection is not new to Samsung’s smartwatches, but with today’s update you have the option to optimize the sensitivity of the function. The Samsung press release states that “you can see a fall if you stand still”. So far, Samsung’s fall detection function has been developed to detect hard falls while running or moving. When the function is triggered, an SOS message is automatically sent to preselected contacts. However, the feature is limited to Samsung’s newer Tizen watches and doesn’t come across the original Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active.
Another small update to the health features are group challenges that allow you to follow the competition from your wrist. All four smartwatches will also receive 10 new watch faces, which launched with the Galaxy Watch 4 last summer. When all of these updates will arrive, Samsung says they’ll come on Bluetooth devices first, with the LTE rollout sometime later. The company also says you need to update to the latest Galaxy Wearable app and the Galaxy Watch plugin.
Overall, these aren’t earth-shattering updates, but it’s encouraging to see that Samsung hasn’t given up on its Tizen smartwatches – especially since the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 were still fresh when Samsung announced it would be giving up Tizen. Google has also been constantly adding and improving features in Wear OS 2, including Gboard and a redesigned Play Store. It’s especially important to see Samsung and Google support the older hardware as the move to the new Unified Wear OS 3 will be bumpy. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 range represents the only smartwatches currently with the platform and only a handful of existing Wear OS watches is eligible for an upgrade in 2022.