Samsung has announced that the future Galaxy smartwatches will come with the Galaxy Wear OS-based One UI Watch software. The smartphone company made this announcement today at the MWC 2021 event.
This Goggle and Samsung collaboration for the smartwatch software was revealed by Google, last month at the Google I/O 2021. Samsung also announced that the first One UI Watch based Galaxy Watch will probably launch in August at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Galaxy Watch 4 is expected to be the first Samsung smartwatch to come with One UI Watch.
Google product management Vice President for Android and Wears, Sameer Samat spoke about the collaboration between the two tech companies, “Samsung and Google have a long history of collaboration and whenever we’ve worked together, the experience for our consumers has been dramatically better for everyone. That certainly holds true for this new, unified platform, which will be rolling out for the first time on Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch. In collaboration with Samsung, we’re thrilled to bring longer battery life, faster performance, and a wide range of apps, including many from Google to a whole new wearable experience.”
There aren’t many One UI Watch features revealed by the company yet. However, it is reported that if the user downloads an app on the smartphone connected to the smartwatch, then the One UI Watch will automatically function to download that app on the smartwatch too if only the app is compatible with the watch. Also, the calls and message notifications on both smartphones and smartwatches will be synchronised, so if you block calls and messages from a specific person, the person will also get blocked on the smartphone.
Samsung also informed that users will also be able to directly download third-party applications from the smartwatch through the Google Play store. The smartwatch UI also supports various fitness applications including GOLFBUDDY Smart Caddie, Adidas Running, Swim.com and Strava. Also, the One UI equipped smartwatch users will be able to download music apps like Spotify or even listen to songs via YouTube Music on the smartwatch. The new OS software is also claimed to support Google Maps and will provide various new tools to developers enabling them to design new watch faces.