Samsung has released a major update that brings many Galaxy Watch Active 2 features to the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active. Perhaps the most notable feature that is included in the update is the virtual touch bezel, which was introduced on the Galaxy Watch Active 2 as a substitute for the physical rotating bezel that has been a part of Samsung’s smartwatches for a few years now. The virtual bezel is now available on the Galaxy Watch Active and will allow users to navigate through the user interface by swiping around the edges of the screen.
Touch bezel for Galaxy Watch Active 2, improved Bixby for Galaxy Watch, and more
The Galaxy Watch, meanwhile, is getting an updated version of Bixby that was released for the Galaxy Watch Active a few months ago. Galaxy Watch owners will be able to fire up workout routines and control smart devices in their home. Both the Watch and Watch Active also get the My Style feature, which allows you to take a photo of your outfit and then customize the watch face to match the look of that outfit. 17 new watch faces have been added as well, and every watch face will now show small icons at the bottom to notify the user whenever some apps are running in the background.
The update also brings new emoticons that include more diverse skin tones, improved Always On Display legibility when the watch is charging or in battery saving mode, easier customization of the icons in the quick panel (the one you access by swiping down from the top of the display), and improved lap time tracking for running and cycling sessions in Samsung Health. On the Galaxy Watch, users will get an alert whenever their heart rate is detected to be too low.
Samsung says the big update, which bumps up the One UI version to 1.5, for the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active 2 will start rolling out today in some regions and gradually expand to others. You will be able to download it from the Galaxy Wearable app on your connected phone once the update is available.