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New Galaxy Watch & Watch Active update brings some Watch Active 2 features

Samsung says the update will be rolled out region-by-region, starting today.


What you need to know

  • Samsung has added a few features from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active 2 with a new software update.
  • The Galaxy Watch Active is getting the touch bezel function, while the Galaxy Watch is getting an updated Bixby version with enhanced capabilities.
  • Both the smartwatches now support the ‘My Style’ function as well, which makes it possible for users to customize watch faces to match their outfit.

Samsung has started rolling out a new software update (via XDA Developers) for Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active users, bringing enhanced features that it introduced with the Galaxy Watch Active 2.

The update brings the touch bezel functionality from the Galaxy Watch Active 2 to the Galaxy Watch Active. Owners of the Galaxy Watch Active will now be able to control the smartwatch by sliding their fingers around the display.

Galaxy Watch Update

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which has a physical rotating bezel, is receiving a few other features from the Galaxy Watch Active 2. These include lap time tracking for running and cycling, data sync support via NFC for Technogym workout equipment, improvements to the always-on display while charging or when power saver mode is enabled, low heart rate alert, and a few changes to the Samsung Health app.

Additionally, the update brings a newer version of Bixby that was rolled out for the Galaxy Watch Active a few months back. Some of the new capabilities that the latest Bixby version brings to the table include the ability to start exercise routines, control your SmartThings ecosystem, find out the time difference between places, and more.

Both the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active are also getting the My Style feature with the update. The feature lets users create custom watch faces that match their outfit, after taking a picture with their phone.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2


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The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is one of Samsung’s most impressive smartwatches yet. It boasts a beautiful yet durable design, impressive battery life, built-in GPS, intuitive capacitive touch bezel, and automatic tracking for seven exercises.


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