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Galaxy Watch 4/5/6 Users Can Now Send and Receive Voice Memos in Google Messages

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There was an announcement last month that Google Message will be adding Voice Memo functionality to the Wear OS in light of the growing popularity of voice notes. Now Google Messages is enabling voice memo sending and listening through the Wear OS. In other words, you can send voice messages without a smartphone using your Wear OS watches. This comes as great news for Galaxy Watch users, as it is important to note that the Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 5, and Watch 6 series run on the Wear OS. When used with compatible devices, voice memos let users record notes that may be heard whenever and wherever they are needed.

You may record and send audio messages from your wrist through your smartwatches with the Messages for Wear OS without reaching for your phone. This may be claimed as one of the significant features that smartwatch users have requested. Tap the microphone symbol on your watch to start a chat. The user interface has a progress ring, so you may put it near your wrist as recording begins right away. With the option to pause and send, the maximum recording time is 59 seconds. The most recent Google Messages for Wear OS beta version 20231010_01_RC00 has voice memo capability.

All the smartwatches from the Galaxy Watch 4, Watch 5, and Watch 6 series run on the newest version of Wear OS, Wear OS 4. So, it is obvious that these watches will receive this functionality. Now there is a voice message option instead of the voice to text option earlier. You can now listen to voicemails on your watch; however, a clear method to change the volume is not found, as the crown just allows you to navigate up and down the chat thread. While Google Messages would profit from Wear OS Tiles that show your inbox or serve as shortcuts to conversations, WhatsApp has offered a functionality similar to this since its debut.

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Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra Could be called ‘Galaxy Watch X’ Increased water resistance and improved battery

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 series is close to taking the floor at the Galaxy Unpacked event in July, which is expected to bring three variants, including a premium called “Ultra,” but it may not be Samsung’s final name chosen; potentially, it will be called “Samsung Galaxy Watch X.” 

Samsung Galaxy Watch X’ Likely New Name for Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra with Key Upgrades

Initially, it was reported that the forthcoming Galaxy Watch 7 series could bring three variants, including standard, classic, and pro, but now the new report is unfolding a different story. If the report is to be believed, the premium model ‘Ultra’ within the Galaxy Watch 7 series may not be Samsung’s final name chosen; however, most probably it will be called ‘Samsung Galaxy Watch X.’ 

This upcoming Samsung Watch is designed to compete in a direct challenge to the Apple Watch Ultra series; exactly for this reason, the Korean giant may have decided to dispense with the word “Ultra” dedicatedly to avoid confusion and, above all, to further differentiate itself from its rivals. The competition will be particularly fierce, with Samsung looking forward to offering increasingly advanced features and superior performance. 

For the next-generation Galaxy Watch 7, diving will be a key factor. Rumors suggest that the new Galaxy Watch X will be water resistant up to 100 meters, with the same water resistance ratings as the Apple Watch Ultra. 

Water resistance is referred to as pressure classification, measured in atmospheres (ATM), so the actual depth that can be reached without lowering is 40 meters in the case of the Apple Watch and most probably also for Samsung’s Watch. The upcoming Watch X is also supposed to have an improved battery life. On the comparison side, the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic claims up to 40 hours of battery life, the Watch 5 Pro up to 80 hours, and the Apple Watch Ultra runs up to 36 hours. 

The battery life improvement is expected due to the Exynos W1000 chips, the first 3 nm chip from Samsung. Water resistance The Galaxy Watch X is also supposed to have a better life than its inline counterpart, the Watch 5 Pro, for at least 80 hours. This watch will be Samsung’s first watch to be built based on a 3nm chip, but it appears, at least compared to the Classic model, that the 578mAh batteries have increased in size. 

The rumors indicate that both the name and other details of the Galaxy Watch X will be presented on June 24 instead of the previously reported July 10. However, the watch will not be alone, since the report is hinting that the Galaxy Ring and the next-generation foldable phones could also join the watch for the official launch.

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One UI 6 Watch Beta Update Could Be Just Around the Corner

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Samsung started stepping towards its next major software update for its Galaxy wearables and brought efficiency and health-tracking improvements, as it is now gearing up to release the One UI 6 Watch Beta update based on the latest version, Wear OS 5. 

It’s not so long since Google unveiled its Wear OS 5 for smartwatches, and now, within a few days, Samsung has started working on the next update to enhance the smartwatch experience. Meanwhile, for the South Korean market, the Korean giant has listed One UI 6 Watch Beta on its website, which hints at its fast approach to release. 

Samsung Begins Preparations for One UI 6 Watch Beta Update

The forthcoming update is most probably expected to be based on Wear OS 5, and it could be released sometime in the next few weeks. The Korean brand started internal development of the One UI 6 Watch a couple of days ago. This is being speculated by a post on X shared by a tipster who hinted that the One UI 6 Watch beta is incoming. 

One UI 6 Watch Beta Update

Revising the previous release, the Korean giant released the Wear OS 4-based One UI 5 Watch Beta update in early June 2023. Based on these metrics, it is expected that this time it could release the One UI 6 Watch Beta update to eligible Galaxy Watches in early June 2024. Wear OS 5 is based on Android 14, and the One UI 5 Watch will also be based on Android 14. This new version of Wear OS is expected to improve battery life through process optimization in Doze Mode. 

One UI 6 Watch Beta Update

Smartwatches with Wear OS 5 offer 20% longer battery life while running a marathon, as Google revealed. It also makes the Watch Face Format, developed by Samsung, the default format, which means most third-party watch faces should now help smartwatches get longer battery life. Some other features are also expected from One UI 6 Watch, such as support for passkeys, the ability to restore passkeys from the cloud, a simpler login experience, and many more. 

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Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra’s Hint at Major Design Changes

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Samsung is close to adding a new lineup to its wearable smartwatch family soon, with the title Galaxy Watch 7 Series. Now the renders of the upcoming Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra hint that the watch will appear in a squarish design with more details. 

At the next Galaxy Unpacked event in July 2024, the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra will make its debut. Now Smartprix with the collaboration with OnLeaks reported the exclusive 5K renders of the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra. Let’s take a closer look at what new novelties are in line for the upcoming movie.

The Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra is reported to bring some interesting design changes, including the most prominent one: a squarish look, a third physical button, larger speakers, and a few expected watch band charges. A glance at the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra renders unveiled a squarish outer frame around the circular display, along with a shiny rotating bezel that doesn’t appear to blend very well with the matte frame. However, even after this change, the watch will stand on a rounded, circulatory display, ensuring that the core visual appeal remains known to long-time users and that the UI doesn’t have to be rebuilt for a square display. 

It’s reported that the Galaxy Watch 7 will feature a 1.5-inch display with slightly larger dimensions of 47 x 47.4 x 16.4 mm. However, the reason behind this design choice remains unclear, but it does make the Watch 7 Ultra bulkier. The bezel of the watch is marked with subtle lines and minimalistic indicators, a departure from the numeric indicators found on the Watch 6 Classic bezel. 

A noticeable change is also reported, which is a third circular button housed in the middle on the right side of the watch. This new button, which lies close to the traditional two, could offer new functionalities to the Galaxy Watch, the same as the Action Button placed on the Apple Watch Ultra. 

A new alignment of health sensors will appear in a circular array of individual circles and squares, opposite to the seamless ring of sensors found on the Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. Notably, the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra retains the temperature sensor, but it has been placed a bit upwards towards the center. The watch bands also appear to integrate more seamlessly with the watch body, offering a cleaner look. Also alongside the sensor array, two button-like elements are placed at the top and the bottom. 

These could be disconnecting the watch bands, a design shift from the predecessor Galaxy Watch 6 Classic, where the buttons were on the watch bands themselves. The upcoming watch will also have a larger speaker grill, which is positioned to the left of the watch and is noticeably larger than those on the current Galaxy Watch models. 

Tiny ‘holes’ on the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra seem like microphones. Samsung also seems to be going full-on with the mic and audio experience on the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra. The previous reports already suggested that the Galaxy Watch 7 series will have a new chipset, charge 50% faster than its predecessor, and finally bring blood sugar monitoring

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