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Samsung Smartwatch Growth Continues Despite Exit from Top 3

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Smart wearables, especially watches, are in high demand nowadays. The current metrics provided by the latest research conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggest the top three positions of smart wearable watch brands in the market.

If the new metrics of IDC are to be believed, there was an 8.8% boost in shipments calculated in the first quarter of 2024. Even after this, the average selling price fell for the fifth consecutive quarter, falling by 11% in the first three months of 2024. A contrasting situation also affected Samsung

During the first quarter of this year, Samsung sold around 10.6 million wearables, including the Galaxy Fit 3 and Galaxy Watch 6. This data allowed for an improvement in the market share from 9% in the first quarter of 2023 to 9.3% in the first quarter of this year. Samsung’s market share increased 13% year-over-year, but despite that, they fell to the bottom of the list of the top three wearable sellers due to a decrease in smartwatch sales. 

On the other side, Samsung is setting up to launch the next-generation Galaxy Watch FE. Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch 7 Ultra smartwatches suggest a positive outlook. Globally, the ranking of the brands with the highest number of smartwatch sales sees Apple in first place, which recorded the distribution of 20.6 million products. Apart from the Galaxy watches, Apple Watch sales also dropped 18.9% as compared to last year. However, it could cover up the loss with the release of its forthcoming Apple Watch Series 10 by the end of this year. 

According to data, Xiaomi’s sales grew an efficient 43.4% as compared to last year, touching the milestone of 11.8 million units and securing 10.5% market share. In the first quarter of 2023, it sold only 8.2 million units, a growth of 43.4%. The third step of the podium was conquered by Huawei, which had counted a growth of 72.4% in 10.9 million wearable devices sold during the first quarter of this year. Huawei secured its place in the top three, overtaking Samsung with a market share of 6.1% back in 2023 and 9.6% this year. 


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Samsung to provide Galaxy Watch Ultra exclusive faces to older Galaxy watches

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Samsung has recently introduced its new flagship smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 7 and Galaxy Watch Ultra. These watches are equipped with the latest hardware and software to offer users more capabilities.

However, many software capabilities will also be available for the older watches with the One UI 6 watch update. From those capabilities, new cool watch faces are now confirmed to be available for older watches.

According to the Samsung moderator, Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 and Ultra exclusive watch faces will be available for older Galaxy watches, including Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 6.

However, he has not mentioned the availability of new faces for older watches. Still, according to traditions, the company may introduce them with a dedicated software update in the next few months.

It is not the first time that the latest watch faces have expanded to older watches. Earlier, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 also grabbed the One UI 5 watch faces with a dedicated software update.


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Samsung Galaxy watch FE eligible to get only 3 years of OS updates: Report

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Last month, Samsung launched its brand-new Galaxy Watch FE, specially made to provide the flagship Galaxy watch features at an affordable price; this is the first time the Korean giant has introduced the updated fan edition Galaxy watch.

As we said, the device is made to reach users who can use flagship-level features at an affordable cost. It is obvious that the company hasn’t equipped the device with similar hardware. Now, the new report mentions that the watch also lacks OS update support.


How Many Software Update Will Galaxy Watch FE Get?

According to SamHive, the Galaxy Watch FE is only eligible for 4 year of software support, during which it will receive three major updates: Wear OS and One UI watch. The device will also receive security patches for four years.

Compared to the other standard Galaxy watches, the FE variant lacks one OS and one year of software updates. Meanwhile, Samsung has followed the same five-year software policy for the Galaxy Watch 7 series.

In general, major software updates benefit users by providing the convenience of using different functionalities. At the same time, security patch support ensures that users can stay protected from cyber threats.


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One UI 6 watch beta 2 update arrives for Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 

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Samsung is consistently working towards developing the One UI 6 watch for its latest smartwatches, including the Galaxy Watch 6, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Watch 4. More specifically, the Galaxy Watch 6 recently received the third beta update, while the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 4 are receiving the second beta update.

One UI 6 watch beta 2; what’s new

Samsung has rolled out the One UI 6 watch beta 2 update for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 , which has the version number ZXG3. The latest beta update shares the same changelog for both watches and mentions some major changes and improvements that enhance stabilization and performance.

According to the details, it improved the battery current consumption and the interconnection issues for some operators. It will apply to the LTE watches to make the connection more stable.

Along with the changes, Samsung has also shared the issue that needs to be fixed in the later update. It has been shared that the AOD does not turn off when not wearing a watch.

As a beta update, it will be obvious that it will arrive for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 users who have enrolled in the beta program. If you haven’t done so yet, you can still do it simply by following this process.


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