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    If Sisyphus had a smartwatch, it would have run One UI Watch 5

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    Last updated: November 17th, 2023 at 14:29 UTC+01:00

    The One UI Watch 5 update brought enough new features and changes to elevate the user experience and make me like my Samsung smartwatch even more. As a Galaxy Watch 5 owner who has used the previous One UI version, I was happy to see improvements like apps drawer folders, better Health features, skin temperature readings, improved Sleep Coaching, and even a boost in battery life. But there's one bug that's starting to get on my nerves…

    In the defense of One UI Watch 5, I have noticed only one bug ever since I updated my Watch 5. However, it's a truly persistent one, and after months of using my Watch 5 on the latest update, it's starting to trigger me — for lack of a better word.

    What's this bug? It's that little orange dot that appears at the end of your scrolling Tiles list. Normally, it should only shows up when a new Tile is available, and it should disappear once you check out the “Add Tiles” section.

    However, in One UI Watch 5, it shows up when no new Tiles are available, then it disappears briefly when you access the “Add Tiles” menu, only to reappear after a few hours or the next day.

    A non-issue that's becoming a little too annoying

    You may have heard of the myth of Sisyphus. It's a story in ancient Greek mythology about the god of death and king of the underworld, Hades, punishing king Sisyphus by forcing him into an eternal loop of rolling an immense boulder up a hill, only for it to roll back down every time it almost reaches the top.

    How does this relate to our One UI Watch 5 bug? Well, it doesn't break the smartwatch. Not even close. But it's constantly in your face, and it feels like it's starting to mess with my mind. If you have even a semblance of OCD, you will want to go to the Tiles list and make the orange dot disappear.

    You'll do it again and again, every day, for what is now beginning to feel like eternity. If Hades would've gifted Sisyphus a smartwatch instead of making him push a boulder up a hill for eternity, that smartwatch would've run on One UI Watch 5.

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    Considering all the great new features introduced with One UI Watch 5, it's hard to complain about this little visual bug. But it is incredibly persistent and, worse of all, unavoidable if you even look at your smartwatch.

    You can try to ignore it. And believe me, I've tried and had varying degrees of failure. But there's no permanent solution to that pesky orange dot on my screen.

    After months, it's starting to grind my gears. It may be a non-issue, but it's not a great look, and I hope Samsung addresses it sooner rather than later.

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