Samsung previews new Wear OS with One UI Watch software
After surprising everyone that it’s working with Google to make Wear OS better by merging it with Tizen, Samsung has now given us a first glimpse of what the new OS might look like, kind of.
With its One UI Watch, Samsung has previewed the software which will power its upcoming Galaxy Watch 4. However, much like Android, this gives us a glimpse of what Samsung’s version of the new Wear OS will look like, so the standard Google version may vary a bit.
With One UI Watch, Samsung aims to unite its smartphone and smartwatch. One way this will be achieved is by automatically downloading the watch-compatible version of an app on the smartwatch if the main app is downloaded on the smartphone. Then, multiple clocks from different time zones will show up on the smartwatch as well.
The bigger news perhaps is that Galaxy Watch users will now have access to the Play Store from where apps like Adidas Running, Smart Caddie, Strava, Swim.com, Calm, and of course, Google Maps can be downloaded. Third-party apps have been a weak point of current Tizen-powered Samsung watches.
The Galaxy Watch 4 is expected to go official on August 3 alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable smartphones. It is worth noting that there will be no Galaxy Note device launch this year.