A few weeks ago, Samsung organized a new Unpacked where, in addition to presenting its new folding, the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold3, it unveiled the next generation of its smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic have thus become the first connected watches to integrate Wear OS 3, Google’s new operating system for wearables.

Now the South Korean company has launched a new app on Google Play that gives us the ability to use these watches as a walkie talkie. This free app, called Walkie Talkie and discovered by XDA, allows two or more users to have instant conversations without the need for mobile data.

Two-way communication instantly

Version 1.0 of the Samsung Walkie Talkie app is now available for free download from Google Play and its size is 23MB. Similar to the Walkie Talkie feature of the Apple Watch, this new Samsung app allows two users to create channels and maintain two-way voice communication through their watches, without the need of the phone.

In other words, it turns new smartwatches into push-to-talk walkie talkies to send short voice messages in real time. Of course, only owners of a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 (standard or Classic) can use it to talk to each other, it is not compatible with smartwatches from other brands or with previous models of the company. And you need a Samsung account to use it.

Although it can work independently once configured, Samsung recommends running the Walkie Talkie app for the first time when the watch is connected to the phone. Simply pair your watch with Galaxy Watch 4 from close contact and press and hold the microphone button to transmit voice.

Samsung does not specify the operating range of the app, so we do not know to what extent it can be used. As for the optional permissions requested by the application, they are as follows: Microphone (to transmit voice), Contacts (to identify friends who can use the Walkie-Talkie), Call (to limit the Walkie-Talkie function when receiving of a call) and Location (to create a channel searching for close friends via Bluetooth)

Talkie Walkie

Developer: Samsung Electronics Download from: Google Play Price: Free Category: Social networks