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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 firmware update activates SmartThings Find

The new Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 firmware update brings a slew of updates. Amongst these is the SmartThings Find function and automatic tracking of hand washing.

The software has started landing for some but not all customers. If you are not seeing it yet in your region/on your phone, you’ll need to be patient.


What’s new and improved?

The refresh comes with a long list of improvements. In addition to the usual system stability and reliability fixes, there are upgrades to the Samsung Health Function. You can now enjoy a group-walking challenge with your friends and log the activity. There are also a variety of fitness programs to enjoy at home.

Samsung says it has made improvements to auto workouts. They should now be quicker to recognize running, rowing machine, elliptical and more.

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Another improvement is something the company calls SmartThings Find. Originally announced last year, it will help you find the location of the watch on a map. Useful for those who keep misplacing their device. What’s more, if the watch is online Bluetooth Low-Energy on your phone will ping nearby devices to help you locate it.

Interestingly, the company has announced that on March 15th, it is ending the My Phone “Locate phone” service. Most likely this will be replaced by SmartThings Find.

Finally, Samsung is adding automatic Hand Wash tracking. Covid is not going away anytime soon and we still need to be mindful of adequate hygiene. A big part of this is washing your hands thoroughly multiple times throughout the day. Soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub is one of the most effective ways to kill viruses on your hands.

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To use the feature you’ll need to download the Hand Wash app from the Galaxy Store. The app has been around for a while now. But previously it served only as a timer and reminder. The difference with the new software is that it has the ability to automatically detect hand washing.

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