Samsung Galaxy Watch5 launch software detailed with various improvements to One UI Watch and Wear OS
Samsung has already opened its One UI Watch 4.5 beta program, on which we have previously reported. While Samsung bases One UI Watch 4.5 on Wear OS 3.5, Google has yet to share any details about this mid-generation OS update. In the meantime, Evan Blass has provided numerous screenshots from One UI Watch 4.5, which also outline what changes exist between Watch OS 3 and Watch OS 3.5.
For one, Samsung has integrated a full keyboard within One UI Watch 4.5, making the OS feature-comparable with watchOS, albeit only for the Watch Series 7. Additionally, Blass has said that One UI Watch 4.5 will support dual-SIM connectivity. Presumably, One UI Watch 4.5 will allow people to choose between two eSIMs.
However, there is no guarantee that this is coming to the Galaxy Watch4 series. Instead, this may be a nod towards functionality that the Galaxy Watch5 series will offer. Elsewhere, Blass has teased that One UI Watch 4.5 will feature greater accessibility controls, including options for adjusting colour correction and sound balance. Hopefully, all these features make their way to vanilla Wear OS too.
Unfortunately, it remains to be seen which smartwatches will receive Wear OS 3.5, other than the Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic. Although Google has confirmed that Wear OS 3 will be available on the likes of the Fossil Gen 6 and TicWatch Pro 3 later this year, we would not rule out both being upgraded to the older Wear OS 3. Conversely, we imagine that the Galaxy Watch5, Galaxy Watch5 Pro and the Pixel Watch will launch with Wear OS 3.5, with Samsung and Google set to unveil their smartwatches in August and early autumn, respectively.