Samsung will bring OneUI Watch 4.5your latest smartwatch OS update, to the Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic in the coming months, the company announced today. Based on Google’s recently announced Wear OS 3.5, it’s ready to debut with improved accessibility features, dual-SIM support for phone calls, and a new and improved keyboard.
Samsung’s most useful new feature is the improved typing experience. Previously, users were limited to using the Samsung keyboard and its speech-to-text engine, a feature phone-style T9 keyboard, or downloading and using Google’s Gboard. Now the default Samsung keyboard is getting an update to change the T9 keyboard to a full QWERTY keyboard with glide typing enabled. Now you can also switch between input methods on the fly.
One UI Watch 4.5 will also see improved accessibility features for better readability and more. A new high contrast and hue customization feature will be available, as well as reduced transparency, blur, and animation. For those who need hearing assistance, Samsung is adding a new option that will allow sound balancing between Bluetooth headsets, in addition to the existing live subtitles feature. Other accessibility changes include manual adjustments to temporary interface elements (think volume slider and notification popups) to remain on screen once activated.
Finally, support for making calls when paired with a dual SIM Galaxy phone and improved customization wrap up the updates. You can now customize a watch face with multiple color options and save each color option as a discrete selection. A new favorites folder will give you quick access to your favorite watch faces.