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Google Maps Now Offers Public Transit Directions on WearOS Galaxy Watches

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Google Maps is gearing up to include transit directions that include walking and more, soon on Wear OS 3 or above devices, to enhance the user’s experience. 

At MWC 2024 in February, Google announced a bunch of software innovations for upgrading the overall Android ecosystem, which includes a few news for the spin-offs Android Auto as well as Wear OS. 

Google Maps is getting a new transit navigation feature for Wear OS through a new update along with version number 11.119.0702.W. Since this feature is for Wear OS, as a Samsung Galaxy Watch fan, we are excited to experience this feature. Here’s the list of Galaxy watches that run Wear OS: 

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, Galaxy Watch 5, Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, Galaxy Watch 6, and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic. 

Wear OS is an operating system on which wearable smartwatches run; it offers bundles of novelties. such as directions on public transport within Google Maps, although presently it is not available widely. It is expected that within a few weeks, the brand will make this widely available. 

Samsung Galaxy Watch owners get ready to receive the latest features as Google is planning to offer directions on public transport within the Google Maps feature on Wear OS 3 and above devices. Without any delay, after the official announcement, Google Maps in its version for Wear OS is enhanced with a feature already available for some time in the smartphone coordinates of the popular map as well as a navigation application—directions on public transport. 

This feature permits the users to work hand-in-hand with the Wear OS Tile, which shows their home and work locations enough to quickly start traveling. Also,  Google Maps will show all the possible “routes” or “recommended “routes” when there is just one. 

Once selected, the navigation features with always-on display (AOD) support will show all the steps and scroll. A button is also housed to get a live map view and a preview root option to see all stops on a zoomed-out map. For exiting, an ‘Exit’ option is placed at the bottom. 

Source – 9to5Google


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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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No Foldable Ultra at Samsung’s July Event, But a New Ultra Emerges

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Samsung is all set to organize the Galaxy Unpacked event, and with the upcoming unpacked event, it is confirmed to introduce the next generation of foldables in the form of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6. Along with these devices, the company is also preparing to introduce some more products this year.

Samsung will introduce eight new products, including the Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra

According to the reliable tipster Evan Blass, Samsung will introduce several new products this year. He has shared a list that includes the Galaxy Book 4 Edge, Galaxy Book 4 Edge Pro, Galaxy Buds 3, Galaxy Buds 3 Pro Galaxy Ring, Galaxy Watch FE, Galaxy Watch 7, and Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra. From this light, the Galaxy Book 4 Edge laptop has already been officially announced. Now, if we focus on the Galaxy Watch lineup, there are three models listed, where one is the FE version, which is probably the most affordable smartwatch from Samsung, and then there is the Galaxy Watch 7 series, which comes in two models, including the bse and ultra variants.

What can we expect with the Galaxy Watch 7 series?

According to several tours circulating on the Internet, the Galaxy Watch 7 series will be available in three models. As the tipster has also confirmed, it is expected that Samsung will introduce its first 3nm Exynos chipset for the smartwatches, which will significantly enhance the performance of the devices. Additionally, it will be equipped with fast charging and be able to charge by 50%. It is also expected that the Galaxy Watch 7 series could arrive.

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Galaxy Watch 7 Charging Speeds Up by 50% Compared to its Predecessor

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 is in the actively developing stage and is expected to bring a major boost of 50% faster charging speed than its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 6. 

The Korean giant is setting up to launch the upcoming Galaxy Watch 7 as the successor to the Galaxy Watch 6. Before any official statement is released, leaks and rumors predict more about the watch. The new report suggests that the Galaxy Watch 7 will feature a 50% faster charging speed than the current models. 

It’s already been reported that the FCC has listed the Galaxy Watch 7 and the Galaxy Watch 7 FE on its website. The report speculates that after dedicatedly going through the Galaxy Watch 7 documents, it was discovered that the forthcoming watch will support 15W charging. According to the certification documents, one of the four variants of the Galaxy Watch 7 under the model number SM-L305 supports charging at 5V and 3A, which counts to 15W. 

The other three variants of the forthcoming Galaxy Watch 7, under the model numbers SM-L300, SM-L310, and SM-L315, are also expected to feature 15W charging. If this prediction is true, then the next-generation watch will take 50% less time to charge compared to its predecessor, which takes around one hour plus thirty minutes to get charged from tip to top. By these metrics, it appears that the Galaxy Watch 7 just asks you to wait 45 minutes to get charged from 0% to 100%. 

Jumping on the Galaxy Watch 7 FE, the certification documents show that the Galaxy Watch 7 FE supports only 5W charging, which is 50% slower than the Galax Watch 6. Since Samsung has not revealed any official statement regarding the charging speed of the upcoming watch, it will be interesting to see whether these reports come true or not. 

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