Galaxy Watch 4’s latest Wear OS update fixes touch bezel issues

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9to5Google 09 September, 2021 - 10:13am 39 views

Rolling out now to Galaxy Watch 4 devices in the United States, software version R870XXU1BUI5/R870OXM1BUI5 brings a fairly small changelog along with it. As usual, Samsung mentions that the update will bring “improved system stability and reliability,” but the company offers no specifics into what that changes.

The only thing Samsung does directly call out is that this update improves the performance of the touch bezel. This applies only to the Galaxy Watch 4, not the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Where the Classic has a physical rotating bezel, the standard Watch 4 imitates that by making the bezel around the display touch-sensitive so users can perform the same basic action. Many have found that the bezel is slightly less sensitive on this new Wear OS-based model compared to Samsung’s Tizen versions, so this update is supposed to address those concerns.

Zachary Wander, a friend of the site, says that the update does indeed seem to improve the performance of the touch bezel in his experience so far. Anecdotally, I can say it also feels more responsive on my unit. He also notes that Samsung has removed an animation when using the app drawer on One UI Watch.

This update is currently not rolling out to Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

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Important new update rolls out to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to improve Touch Bezel 'usability'

PhoneArena 09 September, 2021 - 12:11pm

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Important new update rolls out to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 to improve Touch Bezel 'usability'

CNET 09 September, 2021 - 12:11pm

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Galaxy Watch 4 Gets Needed Fix in Fresh Update

Droid Life 09 September, 2021 - 11:15am

One of the most unique features about any Samsung Galaxy Watch is without a doubt its rotating bezel. Whether that be a physical bezel that slides around on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic or a digital, touch-powered bezel like on the Galaxy Watch 4, interacting with one of Samsung’s watches is a fun experience. Well, it’s fun when it all works properly.

The touch bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 (review) is not great out of the box, and at least in my testing, barely works enough to even use. I don’t remember that being the case on the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which had a similar touch bezel, so attempting to use the Watch 4’s and immediately finding myself frustrated was surprising.

Apparently, I’m not alone in not enjoying this touch bezel experience. Samsung is pushing a new update to the Galaxy Watch 4 today that specifically targets the touch bezel. Samsung describes the update as having “improved usability of the following applications or features: Touch bezel.” There are other improvements to “system stability and reliability,” but that first part is the big piece here.

The update is rolling out now as build R870XXU1BUI5 and weighs in at roughly 159MB. That seems large for an update that is trying to fix one of the watch’s standout features.

Did the update fix it? I don’t think so. I’m updated now and rebooted and there is still a noticeable amount of lag between the time my finger first swipes and when it the UI starts moving. Good attempt, though, Samsung.

Galaxy Watch 4 Gets Needed Fix in Fresh Update

SamMobile 09 September, 2021 - 11:15am

One of the most unique features about any Samsung Galaxy Watch is without a doubt its rotating bezel. Whether that be a physical bezel that slides around on the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic or a digital, touch-powered bezel like on the Galaxy Watch 4, interacting with one of Samsung’s watches is a fun experience. Well, it’s fun when it all works properly.

The touch bezel on the Galaxy Watch 4 (review) is not great out of the box, and at least in my testing, barely works enough to even use. I don’t remember that being the case on the Galaxy Watch Active 2, which had a similar touch bezel, so attempting to use the Watch 4’s and immediately finding myself frustrated was surprising.

Apparently, I’m not alone in not enjoying this touch bezel experience. Samsung is pushing a new update to the Galaxy Watch 4 today that specifically targets the touch bezel. Samsung describes the update as having “improved usability of the following applications or features: Touch bezel.” There are other improvements to “system stability and reliability,” but that first part is the big piece here.

The update is rolling out now as build R870XXU1BUI5 and weighs in at roughly 159MB. That seems large for an update that is trying to fix one of the watch’s standout features.

Did the update fix it? I don’t think so. I’m updated now and rebooted and there is still a noticeable amount of lag between the time my finger first swipes and when it the UI starts moving. Good attempt, though, Samsung.

Apple Watch 7 price — how much will you pay?

Tom's Guide 09 September, 2021 - 02:00am

What we know about the Apple Watch 7 price amid the latest production reports

Still, we can make some educated about the Apple Watch 7 price based on the smartwatch's history. The Apple Watch 4 and every generation since has started at $399 for the 40mm size option without LTE (Cellular) connectivity.

The 44mm versions have started at $429, while all LTE-equipped models cost $100 more for both sizes. So if you bought a Apple Watch 6 with Cellular at full retail, you spent as much $529. Hopefully, you found a discount with one of the best Apple Watch deals, though.

The Apple Watch SE is the only deviation from this price structure. Apple's first true midrange smartwatch (and the best Apple Watch for those on a budget) starts at $279. That's still more than the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but a bargain for iOS users who don't mind compromising on certain features.

If anything about the Apple Watch 7 price is different compared to past years, I think it'll be the added cost for LTE. I can't see a reason the Apple Watch 7's LTE add-on can't be the same price as the Apple Watch SE's. 

Not only would it be a smart move in terms of competition, it would probably convince more shoppers to splurge on LTE and hook their Apple Watch up to a wireless provider. Then, for about $10 per month, they can make calls, send texts and speak to Siri untethered from their iPhone.

Though I'm fairly confident the Apple Watch 7 won't see a price increase, news from the production line suggests the new smartwatch's design changes have complicated availability.

According to Bloomberg, the Apple Watch 7 is "suffering production snags" due to the rumored, flat-edged redesign. It is also believed Apple is altering the Apple Watch's screen sizes — only the second time it's done so, growing its smartwatch from 40 and 44mm to 41 and 45mm options.

As a result, there might be less Apple Watch 7 supply at launch than meets demand. It seems most likely the new Apple Watch would start shipping once manufacturing catches up, but it could still be difficult to get the company's latest wrist candy compared to past launches.

Will that factor into cost? My gut says no, though it's not long now until we find out. If all goes according to plan, the Apple Watch 7 price will be revealed next Tuesday at the Apple event, and we'll be here to bring you all the details as they're announced. 

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