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Samsung hasn't completely forgotten its Tizen smartwatch

Samsung hasn't completely forgotten its Tizen smartwatch

When Samsung blasted that it was dropping Tizen for Wear OS 3, it promised not to leave older Galaxy Watch models in the dust. Now Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Watch Active 2 will get new watchfaces and health features as part of One UI 4.

Fall detection isn't new on Samsung's smartwatches, but today's update will give you the option to change the sensitivity of the feature. According to Samsung's press release, it says that "you can choose to have fall detection while standing still." Previously, Samsung's fall detection feature was designed to detect heavy falls while you're running or moving. Triggering the feature will automatically send an SOS message to the pre-selected contacts. That said, the feature is limited to Samsung's new Tizen watches and is not coming to the original Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active.

Another small health feature update is Group Challenges, which lets you keep track of the competition from your wrist. All four smartwatches will also get 10 new watch faces, which were launched alongside the Galaxy Watch 4 last summer. As far as all of these updates go, Samsung says they will come to Bluetooth devices first, with the LTE rollout coming sometime later. The company also says that you will need to update to the latest Galaxy Wearable app and Galaxy Watch plugin.

Overall these aren't meaning-shattering updates, but it's encouraging to see that Samsung hasn't given up on its Tizen smartwatches — especially since the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 were still fresh when Samsung announced it would be rolling out Tizen smartwatches. will use. Leave. Google is constantly adding and improving features to Wear OS 2, including Gboard and a new Play Store. While it's especially important to see Samsung and Google supporting older hardware, making the switch to the newer Unified Wear OS 3 will be a difficult one. Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 lineup represents the only smartwatches that have the platform right now, and a handful of existing Wear OS watches will be eligible to upgrade in 2022.

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