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One UI 6 Beta opens for Galaxy Watch users in select regions

The One UI 6 beta program is starting to roll out for Galaxy Watch users in South Korea and the United States. 

To sign up, open the Samsung Members app on your eligible watch and look for the beta banner, which may take some time to appear. All current Galaxy watches running WearOS are likely to be included eventually. So users with the Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 5, and Watch 6 should be eligible for the upgrade.

One UI 6 Beta : Full change-log

Improved health insights

Samsung Health introduces a energy score, powered by Galaxy AI. This provides a snapshot of your physical and mental readiness based on your sleep and activity levels. So something akin to the recovery metric seen in some other brand’s devices. You can use this personalized insight to optimize your day: a low score might suggest rest, while a high score could be your cue to push your fitness goals.

Galaxy AI also brings deeper sleep analysis to Samsung Health. Your comprehensive sleep report now includes even more detailed metrics on heart rate and respiratory rate, offering a clearer picture of your sleep quality and areas for improvement.

Watch control upgrades

There are also some control upgrades.

Double pinch gestures now allow you to quickly perform certain actions. Horizontal scrolling is easier with a simple flick, and ongoing activities are now grouped in a list for easy access. Universal gestures offer quick actions in critical moments, and a wrist-flick gesture navigates back. Users can customize notification preferences, control their watch with modes, and enjoy enhanced messaging features with quick-access emojis and image saving capabilities.

Here is how Samsung describes the control upgrades.

Do more with double pinch: Take quick action in a variety of situations by pinching your thumb and index finger together twice. You can answer calls, turn off alarms, scroll through notifications, control music, take pictures, and more. A finger icon will appear on buttons that can be controlled with a double pinch.

Easier horizontal scrolling: Flick the screen left or right to quickly scroll through notifications or tiles.

View ongoing activities all at once: Tap the bottom of your watch face to view a list of ongoing activities such as phone calls, exercises, or music playing. Tap an item in the list to easily switch between them.

Take action quickly with Universal gestures: In situations where a quick action is needed, such as answering a phone call or turning off an alarm, the button for the action will be automatically focused so you can do the action immediately without the need to manually change focus.

Go back without touching the screen Move your wrist back and forth to go back to the previous screen. You can control this in Universal gestures.

Get only the notifications you want: Choose which apps are allowed to send you notifications directly on your watch without opening the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.

Control your watch with modes: Modes can now automatically control more of your watch’s settings based on what you’re doing or where you are. Modes can control Do not disturb, Always On Display, Raise wrist to wake, Touch screen to wake, Touch bezel to wake, Sound mode, and Disconnection alerts.

Stay in touch from your wrist: Instantly access your favorite emojis. You can set the emojis you use most as favorites so they’re always available to send as a quick response.

Save image attachments: You can now save images attached to messages on your watch. Saved images can be viewed in the Gallery app, shared with others, or used to create a unique photo watch face.

That’s not all

One UI 6 Watch features a fresh, stylish default font for a modern look. Battery life can be extended further in Power saving mode by limiting health features. Additionally, your watch will now automatically connect to Bluetooth audio devices when playing music. If no Bluetooth audio devices are available, your watch speaker will play through your watch’s speaker if your music app supports it.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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