Samsung announces One UI Watch OS, but Galaxy Watch 4 renders and support pages have already leaked
Samsung has unveiled its next smartwatch OS, One UI Watch. Interestingly, Samsung has not used the UI from Wear OS, nor Tizen. Instead, and as its name suggests, One UI Watch looks an awful lot like One UI for smartphones and tablets.
Accordingly, Samsung promises a seamless experience between One UI on smartphones and One UI Watch. As the video below shows, One UI will sync numerous settings to One UI Watch, along with app installations and blocked numbers. One UI Watch will also support all the apps in the Wear OS ecosystem, including Google Maps, YouTube Music and the revised Spotify app.
Samsung claims that One UI Watch is 30% faster at launching apps than Tizen, its current smartwatch OS. However, no existing Galaxy Watch devices will receive One UI Watch. Samsung has not confirmed when it will reveal its next smartwatches beyond a vague launch date of a Galaxy Unpacked event this summer. Previous rumours have pegged that event for August 3, though.
Incidentally, multiple new Galaxy smartwatches have appeared on Samsung support websites. These are the SM-R880, SM-R880X and SM-R890, which have already appeared at the FCC. Samsung has registered other model numbers for sale in the US, too.
Moreover, 91Mobiles has revealed multiple renders for the Galaxy Watch 4. Based on their layout and branding, they are marketing renders that Samsung will eventually use to market the smartwatch. The renders match ones released by OnLeaks, bar the name, which the leaker claimed was the Galaxy Watch Active 4. Hence, it now seems likely that Samsung will release successors to the Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Watch Active 2 under the same Galaxy Watch 4 branding, or Galaxy Watch4 as 91Mobiles' renders show.
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