Samsung and Google take another big step in their plan to take on the Apple Watch

With Apple slowly extending its lead in the smartwatch game every year, Samsung and Google have partnered together to give some resistance. The partnership was first announced by Google at Google I/O 2021 developers conference and Samsung has now given a sneak peek into how Google’s WearOS and Samsung’s Tizen are coming together to create a new interface for Galaxy Watch to take on the Apple Watch.
At the virtual Mobile World Congress event, Samsung showcased how it is working with Google to make the smartwatch interface more intuitive and feature-rich. The OneUI Watch interface is jointly developed by Google and Samsung to bring in deeper integration between the smartwatch and smartphone. This includes access to Android apps on Galaxy smartwatches along with better data syncing between your Android-powered Galaxy smartphone and smartwatch.
“As part of the new experience, once you install watch-compatible apps on your smartphone, they will be swiftly downloaded onto your smartwatch. If you’ve customized your clock app on your phone to show the time in different cities around the globe, this will be automatically reflected on your watch as well. And if you block calls and messages from your watch, they will now be blocked on your smartphone, too,” explained Samsung.
Another important announcement that Samsung made is that it will now provide software updates and Galaxy Store support for up to three years for all Galaxy Watch smartwatches.
The new unified OneUi Watch interface will also give users the ability to use third-party apps from Google Play directly on their Galaxy Watch. This means Galaxy Watch users will now get access to apps like Adidas Running, GOLFBUDDY Smart Caddie, Strava and Swim.com, Calm or Sleep Cycle, Spotify and YouTube Music and even Google Maps.
Samsung also said that it will bring an improved watch face design tool, making it easier for Android developers to create new watch faces. Samsung will reveal more details about the new unified UI later at the Samsung’s Unpacked event.

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