Samsung Adds Fall Detection, Improved Health Monitoring to Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung Adds Fall Detection, Improved Health Monitoring to Older Galaxy Watches

Samsung has revealed new Galaxy Watch software that brings features from its latest Watch4 model to four older smartwatches.

Owners of the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Watch Active2, and Galaxy Watch3 can expect upgraded health and personalization features starting Nov. 15, with the rollout of the OneUI 4 software update for Android 12.

“Samsung believes in putting the very best mobile experiences into the hands of as many people as possible, which includes our commitment to providing continuous software support for previous Galaxy Watch models,” Samsung says.

'[Fall Detection] makes it easier to keep both yourself and your more vulnerable loved ones safe,' Samsung says.

Features like Fall Detection will make their way from the Watch4 to the Galaxy Watch Active2 and Watch3, allowing the watch to detect hard falls from users during physical activity. The new update will give the option to adjust Fall Detection sensitivity that can detect falls even while standing and the ability to send SOS messages to pre-selected contacts once a fall is detected.

'To the stylish and minimalist Classic – more options means more freedom to express yourself,' Samsung says.

All four watches will receive 10 additional watch faces that first launched with the Watch4. “Tapping on these watch faces will enable you to pick between different background or text colors, while the Animals watch face allows you to choose between different colorful animated creatures like a monkey, rabbit, sheep, or cat.”

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Other features include an updated group challenge in the Work Out with Friends feature and more accurate health monitoring. The update arrives today in the US and Korea for Bluetooth devices only and will roll out to other regions and LTE devices later.

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