For a few weeks now, Samsung has been beta testing the Galaxy Watch 4 series’ upcoming significant update. This week, Samsung is announcing the precise release date for One UI 4.5.
One UI 4.5, which is based on Wear OS 3.5 and was officially unveiled today by Samsung, will be made available for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in Q3 2022. The upgrade could therefore appear at any time before the end of September.
Even though Samsung isn’t specifically suggesting a date, August seems like the most logical response. The Galaxy Watch 5 series, which is scheduled to debut in mid-August, will probably include this upgrade right away.
Therefore, it makes sense that the Galaxy Watch 4 will receive that upgrade at the same time.
What changes have been made to One UI 4.5 for the Galaxy Watch 4 series?
Due to the ongoing beta, we have already seen all of the new features, but Samsung specifically notes four additional areas for improvement.
First off, the keyboard now supports gesture typing and the entire QWERTY layout.
Previously, voice dictation, handwriting, and T9 input were the only options available on the Samsung keyboard. Owners of Watch 4 devices could previously only access a QWERTY keyboard by installing Gboard.
Samsung mentions that dual-SIM cellular connections are supported.
The ability to clone your favorite watch faces and then switch out the available colors and combination to get the desired look is another new watch face trick. Additionally, a new favorites area has been added for grouping watch faces.
Samsung adds a few accessibility enhancements seen in One UI 4.5 to complete the four key criteria. The business explains:
Users who struggle to discern between different hues will be able to change the display’s color to their favorite shade and boost contrast to make typefaces simpler to read. Reduced transparency, blur effects, and animations are additional characteristics for visual assistance. Additionally, users are able to balance the sound from the left and right audio output for their connected Bluetooth headset thanks to auditory help for the hard of hearing.
For better control, those who require additional touch input support can increase the screen tap interaction duration with Tap duration and turn off repeated touch inputs with Ignore repeated touches.
In addition to those modifications, beta upgrades for the OS revealed a few more minor ones, which we previously covered.
As previously said, Samsung hasn’t given One UI 4.5 a concrete release date, although it’s reasonable to anticipate it sometime in August. Although Samsung seems to have stopped sending out invitations to the program, the upgrade is still under beta testing.