While Samsung has launched its latest Wear OS smartwatches, Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which we have already had the opportunity to test extensively, the Wear OS 3.5-based One UI Watch 4.5 is now ready to arrive on previous models. Shortly after the launch, the company began testing the update for the Galaxy Watch 4 series, introducing several new features to the smartwatches released just a year ago. The final version finally made it to final development after six beta updates of One UI Watch 4.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 range.
Samsung officially announced the end of the One UI Watch Beta program last Thursday and confirmed that it will not release further versions, so we are undoubtedly facing the long-awaited public release. Although the Samsung community forum post (in SOURCE) highlighting this change did not mention a stable rollout, there are plenty of reports from Galaxy Watch 4 users who have already started receiving the final update (firmware version GVH2 ).
As is usually the case, Samsung will probably distribute it incrementally, so those who have not yet received the update notification will receive it in the next few days. For those who have not followed the developments, we very quickly summarize the main news of this update.
New features of One UI Watch 4.5
One UI Watch 4.5 includes a new QWERTY keyboard with swipe input support, which is a major step up from the T-9 keyboard Samsung originally provided with the watches since you no longer need to install the Gboard app on your smartwatch. to enhance the typing experience. The new keyboard also offers support for dictation and handwriting, which should come in handy for sending quick replies.
One UI Watch 4.5 also offers dual-SIM support for older Wear OS smartwatches, thanks to which you can set a preferred SIM on your Galaxy smartphone that will automatically synchronize with the Galaxy Watch 4. Finally, One UI Watch 4.5 increases the customization possibilities of the dial, which can now be changed to various color combinations and complications selectable from the favorites list.