Samsung is killing it right now in terms of software updates, and it’s not just for Android smartphones and tablets. The company has also been impressive in releasing updates to its Tizen-based smartwatches. Samsung is now rolling out major software updates to the original Galaxy Watch, which was launched back in 2018, and the Galaxy Watch Active.
The Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active are receiving new software updates that bring various Galaxy Watch 3 features. The new update for the Galaxy Watch carries firmware version R810XXU1FUB6, while the Galaxy Watch Active’s new update has firmware version R500XXU1FUB5. The download size of the new updates is around 291MB. The new software updates are rolling out in South Korea and the US right now, but we expect them to reach other markets soon.
The update brings various Galaxy Watch 3 features like the ability to see images in notifications from the paired smartphone, support for AR Emoji and Bitmoji, voice guidance for workouts (running and cycling), scrolling screenshots, and voice guidance via connected Bluetooth earphones. The smartwatches also get stability and performance improvements with the new updates.
The Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active were originally launched with Tizen OS 4.0, but they are now receiving the Tizen OS 5.5 update, bringing them up to speed with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Galaxy Watch 3.