Samsung is giving Galaxy Watch owners a big reason not to upgrade

Samsung may have just released a blockbuster update for its latest Galaxy Watch 3, which now allows this device to track blood pressure and produce an instant ECG from your wrist, but it seems the firm isn’t forgetting about those with older models of its popular smartwatch.

As spotted by the eagle-eyed team over at SamMobile, it appears Samsung has started to roll-out an upgrade for the original Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active, which first went on sale back in 2018.

The new update includes a number of changes, such as the ability to see images in notifications from your paired smartphone, like a picture message sent in WhatsApp, for example. Voice guidance for those heart-pumping workouts as well as support for Samsung’s fun AR Emoji and Bitmoji are also included in the new software.

Like most software changes, there are also some stability and performance improvements that should make these older devices stay fully up to speed. Right now this upgrade is being pushed out to Galaxy Watches in Korea and the United States, but it should arrive in more regions across the globe in the coming months.

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Changing back to Google’s OS could help increase the usability of the Galaxy Watch especially when connecting to Android phones. Another advantage of going with Google is that the platform has more compatible apps and a much wider choice of watch faces making it easier to customise the device.

We’ll have to wait and see what is announced by Samsung in the coming months but don’t expect any news imminently as it’s unlikely that a new Galaxy Watch will be unveiled anytime soon with this device unusually getting an update in the summer.

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