- Wear OS 4 enables seamless smartwatch re-pairing with new phones.
- Samsung’s One UI 5 Watch beta introduces numerous new features.
- Wear OS 4 to introduce native cloud backup for apps and faces.
Samsung and Google have joined forces to breathe new life into Wear OS by merging it with Tizen, and the results have been impressive. Wear OS 3, combined with the launch of the Google Pixel Watch in 2021, has expanded the selection of top-notch Android smartwatches.
However, there are some frustrating limitations with Wear OS, such as the need to reset your smartwatch when switching phones. Fortunately, Google plans to address this issue with the upcoming Wear OS 4 update later this year. Samsung recently introduced the One UI 5 Watch beta for the Galaxy Watch 5 and older models. This update brings a plethora of new features and improvements, including the ability to pair your watch with a new phone without the need for a reset.
Testing conducted by 9to5Google has shown that the re-pairing process is seamless and only requires accepting a prompt on the new phone. It’s worth noting that both the watch and the phone must be logged into the same Google account for the transfer to work. While this may seem like a small improvement, it’s a significant usability enhancement.
Now, when switching phones, you won’t have to go through the hassle of setting up your watch from scratch. Since One UI 5 Watch is based on Wear OS 4, this feature should also be available on non-Samsung watches. Samsung’s custom skin will debut on the Galaxy Watch 6 in late July and will be extended to the Galaxy Watch 5 and 4 series around the same time.
Google has revealed that Wear OS 4 will introduce native cloud backup and restore functionality for downloaded apps and watch faces. This means that even when transitioning to a new wearable, the setup process should be much quicker and more convenient. While Google has yet to disclose other improvements in Wear OS 4, the update is scheduled to launch this autumn.