Samsung's new One UI Watch 5 update for Wear OS Galaxy smartwatches consists of many changes, some of which concern the general UI and how users interact with their smartwatches. One example is a redesigned call control screen, which brings more options to the user's wrist.
Before we take a closer look at the new call control screen in One UI Watch 5, you may want to check out these other features and changes introduced with the latest smartwatch update:
- One UI Watch 5 vertical tile and watch face browser overview.
- One UI Watch 5 replaces ‘Time to get moving!’ reminder animations.
- An overview of the new and upgraded One UI Watch 5 tiles.
- Universal Gestures in One UI Watch 5 is a thoughtful accessibility tool.
- One UI Watch 5 overview: New Battery and Device Care tools.
- One UI Watch 5 borrows from phones, lets you create app folders.
- Factory resets no longer bypass screen locks in One UI Watch 5.
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Overview of the new call control screen in One UI Watch 5
The Galaxy Watch call screen shows up when you place or receive a call on your connected smartphone. The concept is not new and was present in previous versions of One UI Watch. However, with the latest update, Samsung added a handful of extra options to give users more control over phone calls directly from their wrists. Here's an overview of these additions:
In short, users can now answer or reject calls, control call volume, mute sounds, and even access a keypad. The accept and reject call buttons are visible by default. However, One UI Watch 5 users can now swipe up from the bottom of the call screen to gain access to volume controls and the keypad.
One UI Watch 5 is available on the Galaxy Watch 6 series out of the box and is rolling out as a firmware update for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 lineups. If you want access to the latest update and don't feel like paying full price for the Galaxy Watch 6, you can still buy the Galaxy Watch 4 or the Galaxy Watch 5 from Samsung's online shop in 2023. And before you ask, there are other reasons why you might prefer buying the Watch 5 Pro over all other models, even if it's not the latest version. Unmatched battery life is among them.