The new Samsung Galaxy Watch4 are the first connected watches to launch Wear OS 3, in which the Korean manufacturer abandons its Tizen operating system for watches by betting on the new unified platform from Google and Samsung.
Wear OS 3 was born from the “merger” of Wear OS 2.0 and Tizen, in which Google and Samsung bring to their new unified platform the best of both operating systems, and Google took advantage of the introduction of the new family Samsung Galaxy Watch4 will announce performance improvements for Wear OS 3 and new apps that users of new Samsung watches will be able to download.
Wear OS 3 is much faster
Wear OS brings the best of Tizen to the next generation of watches. Samsung watches have always stood out for their speed and smoothness, features that reach Wear OS 3. Google and Samsung have optimized the performance of Wear OS, making apps open 30% faster, getting up to 40 hours of battery life. autonomy and that the setting is 2.5 times shorter.
The fact that the new Samsung Galaxy Watch4 carries Wear OS means that for the first time, Samsung smartwatches will have access to thousands of apps on Google Play, and therefore some Google apps that were not available in Tizen.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 comes standard with Google Maps, releasing a new redesigned version with Material Theming that will reach the rest of the watches in a future update. Google Maps for Wear OS, in addition to showing us our location and orientation on the map, also allows us to use navigation to see step-by-step directions on our wrist.
The Google Messages app is also launching a new interface in the new Samsung Galaxy Watch4, but users in the US, South Korea or Japan will need to download the app from the Play Store, while in the rest of the countries, the application will come from the factory.
In the Samsung Galaxy Watch4, the app to pay that will come from the factory will be Samsung Pay, but users will be able to download Google Pay from the Play Store, where Google has extended compatibility with 16 new countries: Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.
YouTube Music is coming to Wear OS for the first time, but it won’t be coming from the factory of the new Galaxy Watch4. Users will need to download the app from the Play Store when Google launches it for any Wear OS watch.
More apps on Google Play
Finally, another novelty of the new Samsung watches, because they are based on Wear OS, is that they now have many more applications to download thanks to the Play Store, where they can enjoy the new experiences of Calm, Komoot, MyFitnessPal, Period. Tracker, Sleep Cycle, Spotify or Strava, whose applications adapt to the new Wear OS.
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