Samsung’s next Galaxy Watch, due out this summer, has a new Google-like look


spark limited reports:

Get your first look at the One UI Watch interface, which will also appear on other watches this fall.

Samsung’s next Galaxy watch will be unveiled at an unpacked event later this summer, with a new Google-co-designed operating system and interface called the One UI Watch. The announcement was made Monday at a virtual event at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

But Samsung is only showing off the software interface so far. The actual design of the watch is unknown, though the recently leaked design could be similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2(possibly called Galaxy Watch 4).
Google and Samsung announced a partnership earlier this year to redesign future Google Wear watches, and Samsung’s Galaxy watch will be the first device to feature the software. Other watches running the new One UI Watch software, including Fossil, are expected to hit the market later this year. The One’s UI is expected to connect more quickly to paired phones and connect to more of the phone’s core Settings, much like the Apple Watch. Compatible apps should be loaded on the phone and cross-loaded immediately on the watch.

At first glance, the One’s UI looks a lot like Google’s. The features on display were simple: app swiping, world clock synchronization between the phone and the watch, and common Settings like “Do Not Disturb” on both the watch and the phone.

The One UI Watch software loads apps through Google Play and can load many, but not all, Wear operating system apps. Samsung’s statement confirmed that supported apps include Adidas Running, Golfbuddy Smart Caddie, Strava, Swim.com, Calm, Sleep Cycle, Spotify, YouTube Music and Google Maps. Samsung also confirmed that the new platform will support eSIM and LTE connectivity, just like the Galaxy Watch 3, so these new watches can be used without a phone.
“We’re excited to bring longer battery life, faster performance and a wide range of apps, including many from Google to a whole new wearable experience,” Google’s Sameer Samat said of the new watch at a Samsung press conference.

On Google Play for One UI Watch, some apps from Samsung’s previous Galaxy Watch will be available, but it’s unclear which ones. Samsung also showed off its dial design software to developers and dial aficionados, but it’s hard to judge the designers’ abilities from a brief glimpse of Samsung’s demo video.

Samsung also revealed that users of Tizen-based watches such as the current Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 will not be left out in the dark, guaranteeing software updates and support for the platform for three years after the initial release date.