Samsung starts rolling out One UI update for Galaxy Watch 5 series, here’s everything that’s new

Samsung announced One UI Watch 5 with a slew of new changes and updates. Despite the fact that the user interface and design haven’t changed much, the latest One UI update for Galaxy Watch incorporates a handful of internal changes to uplift user experience.
The company has been gradually rolling out the One UI Watch 5 update to its older smartwatches and as per the latest report, the update is now rolling out to Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro users in India.
According to the report, the update is currently rolling out for the Galaxy Watch 5 GPS variant. However, it is also expected to become available for the LTE variant as well in the coming days. The update carries the firmware version R9xxXXU1BWH5 and the update is available to download via the Galaxy Wearable app.
One UI Watch 5 update: What’s new
First up, the One UI Watch 5 is based on Wear OS 4. And, the update is pretty heavy as it has a download size of around 1.77GB. Meanwhile, the update also includes July 2023 security patch in addition to new features like an updated layout for watch faces, a new card-based background for notifications and more.
The changelog is pretty lengthy and to make things simpler for you, here’s the complete changelog as mentioned by Samsung on its official website.
Watch Faces and Tiles:
New vertical layout for easier watch face and tile selection.
Battery tile for checking device battery levels (watch, phone, Galaxy Buds).
Improved Buds controller tile with 360 audio control.
Quick access to timers from the Timer tile.
Ability to set an album or story as a dynamic watch face.
Samsung Health:
Enhanced sleep coaching with a redesigned results screen.
Automatic recording of cycling workouts.
Personalized heart rate zones during running workouts.
Improved accuracy for track runs on a 400-meter track.
Ability to create custom exercises.
Backup and Restore:
Periodic backup of watch data to the phone.
Option to save backups to Samsung Cloud.
Easier transfer of watch data to a new phone.
Control Your Phone:
More call controls from the watch, including volume adjustment and keypad buttons.
Access to camera controls on the watch when using Galaxy Z Flip5 or Fold5 in Flex mode or Tent mode.
Additional Changes:
Dictate text with the Home button using voice input.
Bixby can read notifications aloud with headphone connectivity.
Multiple timers support (up to 20 timers).
Share medical info during emergencies.
Device care for monitoring battery, storage, and memory status.
Universal gestures for touchless control.
Organize apps into folders.
Enhanced security with PIN or pattern requirement after factory reset.
Addition of Samsung Pay feature.
Some apps may require separate updates after the watch upgrade.

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