The Galaxy Watch 5 series is picking up another update, which is its first new software update of 2023. Samsung is doing solid for its Galaxy Watches line-up by providing updates this often.
This latest update is rolling out for both the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which will get support for a new “Device Diagnostics” tool, a new feature for the “Camera Controller” app, as well as an updated security patch. The update is rolling out now to owners across the globe.
If you own a Galaxy Watch 5 or Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, be on the lookout for the following:
- Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: R910XXU1AWA3
- Galaxy Watch 5: R910XXU1AWA3
This update brings Samsung’s new pinch-to-zoom functionality for the “Camera Controller” app, which was announced a few days ago. There’s a small twist here that your handset must be running the One UI 5.1 build to use this pinch-to-zoom functionality on your device, though. Samsung is yet to roll out the upcoming One UI 5.1 for the devices. That means, owners won’t be able to actually get their hands-on this new feature after installing this latest Galaxy Watch 5/5 Pro update.
To recall, Samsung’s new pinch-to-zoom functionality will show you the camera preview from the phone and allow you to tap the shutter button, and you will also be able to control the zoom level. You can do that by pinching in or out on the screen or rotating the (virtual) bezel.
This update also brings an additional interesting feature called “Device Diagnostics” tool for Galaxy Watch 5 series. This tool can be used through the Samsung Members app on your phone, which lets you check the battery status (health) as well as running tests on touchscreen functions and other features.
Here’s the full changelog of this update, provided by Samsung:
• New Camera Controller feature added
Change zoom on your phone camera remotely through pinching in or out on the screen, or through rotating the bezel.
※ This feature is only supported on flagship models released after Samsung Galaxy S20 or Z Flip running at least One UI 5.1.
• Samsung Members
A new “Connected device diagnostics” option has been added to check the proper performance of the Galaxy Watch’s battery status, touch screen function, etc. on the connected phone.
※ Please update Samsung Members and Galaxy Wearable app to the latest versions for using the ‘Connected device diagnostics’ feature.
• Stability and reliability
The stability has been improved.
To check for the update, you need to open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone, tap into “Watch settings,” and then “Watch software update.” This update should also be rolled out for the Galaxy 4 and Galaxy 4 Class in the coming days.