Samsung has starting to roll out the Galaxy Watch 4 One UI Beta program. You can sign up now for the software if you want to test it out ahead of official release. The download has been made available in the US and South Korea.
How to join the Beta
You may have spotted the official banner in the Samsung Members app inviting you to join. Click on that and it will take you to the signup form.
The alternative way to do this is as follows:
- Open the Samsung Members app and log in with your Samsung account details.
- Select Notices. In there you should see a link to Registration for One UI Watch Beta Program. Click on it.
- Complete and submit the application form.
If Samsung assesses that you meet the participation criteria, you will be enrolled in the One UI Watch Beta Program. This enables you to download the Galaxy One UI firmware from the Samsung servers and install it to your watch. Simply go to Settings > Software update > Download and install.
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It is worth noting, you must live in the US or South Korea to be accepted. Apart from the obvious – that you have a Galaxy Watch 4 or Watch 4 Classic – the other criteria is that you have a Samsung smartphone. Which means the Beta will not work on non-Samsung smartphones. If you have an Android phone or iPhone – you are out of luck.
Installing the software comes with risks
It should go without saying that installing Beta versions of software opens you to all sorts of risks. There’s no guarantee that your watch will work perfectly and features might be incomplete. Before installing this types of early releases, it is always recommended to back up your data to a computer.
The goal of the Beta is to create a better operating system and user experience. So you can help Samsung by reporting any bugs you come across in the software. That is the whole point of Beta releases.
This is done by choosing Beta feedback > Send feedback in the Samsung members app. You can also send send suggestions to Samsung by going to Beta community > Suggestions.
One UI 4.5 beta Beta change-log
The rollout has now started and users have started downloading the Beta in South Korea (via Tizenhelp). It goes under the R8**XXU1ZVE7 firmware version and is 796MB in size. The One UI 4.5 version is also available in the US. No doubt, Samsung will want to use the next few months perfecting the software ahead of the anticipated Galaxy Watch 5 launch later this year.
The change-log of the software can be seen below. The Beta upgrades watch faces by adding a bunch of settings. Notifications get Agif support while the keyboard gets QWERTY layout support. There is better handwriting, voice input and gesture support. Users can also use dual SIM on their watch and notice a new UI in the contact section.
For more information head over to Samsung’s One UI Beta page.
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