Samsung is rolling out a major software update for the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Watch Active. The update specifically concerns the user interface, and will allow owners of older Galaxy Watch models to enjoy a slew of features that are currently only available on the newer Galaxy Watch Active2, which debuted earlier this year.
To that end, the update will introduce Samsung’s My Style feature and raise the number of sub-dials from 17 to 24, which will give users more options when customizing the watch display. It will also increase the utility of Bixby Voice and offer support for British English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Other highlights include a collection of new emojis and more robust Samsung Health capabilities, such as a Low Heart Rate Alert and a Daily Active feature that makes it easier to keep track of daily fitness goals. The interface graphics have been streamlined and app icons have been rearranged to make the watch easier to use. Meanwhile, Galaxy Watch Active users will be able to take advantage of a new Touch Bezel interface that lets them use finger swipes to navigate through various menus.
A previously published Samsung patent suggests that the company could be planning to integrate in-display fingerprint tech into its smart watches at some point in the future. So far, the technology has appeared in a variety of Samsung smartphones – including the Galaxy S10 – but is yet to make its way to the Galaxy Watch line of products.