Several software features from Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy Watch 3 have leaked, after the smartwatch’s firmware was downloaded early by XDA-Developers’ Max Weinbach. According to Weinbach’s sleuthing, Samsung’s unannounced smartwatch could include more customizable watchfaces, alongside updates to its music, email, and calendar apps.
Watchfaces are seeing some of the biggest software changes. Weinbach says there are new designs to choose from, and some of these will include a feature called “informative digital edge,” where custom details like your heart rate or current steps can be shown around the edges of the watchface.
There are also changes coming to the watch’s apps. According to Weinbach, Outlook has replaced Samsung’s own email app, and Spotify will come preinstalled on the watch in the US. Samsung’s apps are also being updated. There’s a new music player app, the calendar is getting a new week preview, and the background of the weather app will now change based on current conditions.
The new software details come a few short days after Evan Blass leaked a number of apparent press images of the new smartwatch, giving the clearest look yet at its likely design. In one of these images, the watch is showing the date of July 22nd, leading to some speculation that this might mark the date of their reveal, especially since a July launch was previously rumored by SamMobile.
Based on previous reports, we’re expecting the Galaxy Watch 3 to be available in two size variants — 41mm and 45mm, with 1.2 and 1.4-inch displays — and come in both LTE and Wi-Fi-only options. Heart rate and blood pressure monitors are expected alongside an EKG sensor, and the watch is also expected to support GPS and have a 5ATM rating, making it water resistant at a depth of 50 meters for up to 10 minutes. Internally, it’s presumed to have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (a capacity corroborated by Weinbach).
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