Latest Galaxy Watch Active update improves Bixby, adds new features

Samsung is rolling out a substantial Galaxy Watch Active update today which brings improvements for Bixby as well as some new features. The voice assistant can now be used to start customized exercise routines, control SmartThings products or just to find out the time difference between two cities.

Bixby has been made more task-oriented on the Galaxy Watch Active. It will act accordingly in response to commands like “Make the screen brighter,” or “Play music on Spotify.” The latest update also adds a couple of new features to the smartwatch.

New Galaxy Watch Active update has started rolling out

A new Goodnight Mode has been added to the smartwatch. It will provide users with additional convenience during nighttime use. Goodnight Mode has its own dedicated view and when it’s enabled, users can easily check the time with just one press of the button.

They won’t be disturbed by notification alerts as long as this mode is enabled. All alert conditions and settings are fully customizable. Samsung has also changed the app tray UI for the Galaxy Watch Active. Fewer taps will be needed to as swiping from right to left will offer quick and easy access to the interface.

Samsung has also improved the health and fitness features of the Galaxy Watch Active. Swimming workouts will now be automatically detected and recorded. There’s a new Heart Rate – Low Alert feature which will notify the user when their heart rate drops below a specific value that they have set for 10 minutes. Samsung Health’s Breathe Guide UI has also been improved so that users can easily find breathing rate information and guidance for comfortable breathing.

The new Strap Studio collection of straps is exclusive to the Galaxy Watch Active. Users can choose from a wide range of functional yet stylish wrist straps. Firmware version R500XXU1CSG6 is now rolling out for the Galaxy Watch Active. It weighs in just under 75MB. Expect it to arrive on your Galaxy Watch Active very soon.

  • Model: SM-R500
  • Dimensions: Watch: 39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm
  • Display: 1.1 inch / 27.94 mm Circular Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9110
  • Camera:
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