Samsung has started rolling out the One UI update for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and the Gear Sport. The company introduced this new user interface with the Galaxy Watch Active earlier this year. It's now being rolled out for the aforementioned smartwatches through a firmware update.
The firmware update brings more than just the new user interface. It also adds a couple of new features to these smartwatches. Some of the new watch faces that were introduced with the Galaxy Watch Active are available too.
One UI update for Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and Gear Sport is now out
The latest firmware update for the aforementioned devices brings improved workout and sleep tracking. The workout profile for outdoor swimming has been added as well. There are high heart rate alerts in addition to the Daily Activity feature which details overall progress. The changelog mentions that the smartwatch will also be able to track workouts quicker than before.
Users will find an updated settings menu and the ability to wake up their smartwatch by just touching the display. There's a new setting to manage background apps on the smartwatch. The sleeping mode can also be turned on or off now. The firmware update promises battery optimization as well so your smartwatch might just be able to work for a bit longer on a single charge.
It's good to see that Samsung has released this substantial update for the Gear S3. It's certainly not one of its recent smartwatches. Yet, users will be able to get a few of the same features that are present on its latest smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch Active. Do check out our Galaxy Watch Active review to find out more about Samsung's newest wearable device.
Samsung is rolling out the One UI update for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3 and the Gear Sport with firmware version R800XXU1CSE1, R760XXU2ESE3 and R600XXU1CSE2 respectively over-the-air. It will take some time before the update is available for everyone.