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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series update brings fall detection, gesture controls, new watch faces, and more

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are getting a new software update that brings a slew of new features to the smartwatch, including a fall detection feature. The update comes with four new watch faces along with support for GIFs on My Photo + watch face. New animations have also been added to expand Samsung’s watch face collection. The latest update also brings gesture controls that enable users to do more with wearables using simple hand movements. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic were unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked event in August this year, and both devices are now receiving their first major update.

Samsung on Wednesday announced the release of its first updates for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic smartwatches. The update will be available through the Galaxy Wearable app.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Update Changelog

With the new update, Samsung has added an ‘Info Brick’ watch face that displays heart rate, stress and daily activity status, as well as a watch face that shows an in-depth weather forecast. Users can also choose from an original dashboard or live wallpaper inspired by the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. All of them come with the option of customization.

Users can mix and match four complications such as Battery Life, Reminders, Messages and Step Count to be displayed on the Animals watch face. The latest update also brings support for displaying moving GIFs on the My Photo+ watch face. The Galaxy Watch 4 series changelog features interesting animations on the Steps Challenge watch face. In addition, an animated bear will follow a Galaxy Watch 4 user for every stage of the contest.

Samsung has bundled the latest Galaxy Watch 4 update with gesture control feature. Additionally, a ‘knock, knock’ motion with the wrist lets users perform multiple tasks, such as opening pre-selected apps, opening a list of workouts, creating reminders or turning on lights. Additionally, calls can be received by simply moving the forearm up and down twice.

Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic get the fall detection feature with the new update. Wearables can detect hard falls and activate alerts as well as send an SOS notification to up to four pre-selected contacts. Galaxy Watch users who install the new update can also take advantage of a free 60-day Strava subscription with the Strava app.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic update is rolling out Wednesday, October 20. Samsung says availability is likely to vary by market and operator. The update will first come to the Bluetooth version of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, with the LTE version set to receive it soon.


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