Google and Samsung lately introduced they had been teaming as much as create a brand new smartwatch platform, however we haven’t seen what these watches will seem like—till now. Samsung simply previewed the unified Put on OS, with its personal distinctive twist, in fact.
The “solely new Galaxy Watch expertise” isn’t precisely the identical because the forthcoming unified platform Samsung’s engaged on with Google. Consider it as a layer on prime of that platform, just like how Samsung customizes Android for its smartphones. From what we’ve seen of the One UI Watch preview, the expertise will really feel sort of like Oppo’s forked model of Put on OS on its Oppo Watch—which truly labored fairly properly general.
The 2 most important issues Samsung teased for One UI Watch at its Cellular World Congress occasion had been automated app set up and an improved watch face design software. The teaser for automated app installations gave us some actual Apple Watch vibes—in a great way. One of many ache factors of Tizen OS was even if you happen to had apps in your telephone, they wouldn’t present up in your watch. With One UI Watch, no matter watch-equipped apps you obtain on a Galaxy smartphone can even pop up in your Galaxy Watch. That’s at present the way it works on Apple Watches, and it makes for a simple setup expertise. On condition that the unified platform additionally opens up Samsung’s wearables to a richer third-party app ecosystem, this can be a fairly vital improve.
The characteristic additionally appears to extra cohesively hyperlink Galaxy Watches and telephones. The watch’s settings structure additionally mirrors the one in your telephone, in that it’s a scrollable record. That mirroring doesn’t cease with structure. For those who block a telephone quantity or message out of your wrist, that’ll even be synced in your telephone. The reverse can also be true. For those who’ve bought a number of clocks from totally different timezones in your telephone, that’ll even be synced to your wrist. The superb print, nonetheless, signifies you’ll want a Samsung telephone to get these explicit options. Samsung smartwatches have all the time labored finest with Galaxy smartphones, nonetheless, so this isn’t a lot of a shock.
We additionally bought a peek on the new watch face design software. It in all probability gained’t curiosity the common consumer (except you’ve gotten a penchant for design). Nonetheless, Samsung guarantees the software ought to assist Android builders to raised customise faces to match a consumer’s moods, exercise ranges, and character. Samsung has had some snazzy watch faces prior to now, although nowhere close to the quantity you will discover on Put on OS. This appears to be a direct response to that.
Total, each the options teased as we speak appear to deal with a few of Tizen OS’s earlier weak factors. Samsung says the brand new Galaxy Watch, which it’ll launch later this summer time at an Unpacked occasion, would be the first to characteristic each One UI Watch and the brand new unified Put on platform. We’ll should see how properly these experiences mesh collectively, and naturally, we’ve got some questions as to how this unified platform will work on non-Samsung watches. However up to now, it appears like a promising begin.