Details about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has been all but revealed in full, including gestures, features, and usability. And that’s all thanks to a teardown of a newly-released plugin app for the wearable, performed by XDA Developers. The teardown also included a wealth of stock watch faces for the device — included below. The faces cover just about every use case and purpose from fitness and sports to travel and minimalistic style.
But the biggest noteworthy feature here may just be the newly-introduced hand gestures. For instance, the source notes that clenching or unflinching the fist is one gesture. A clenched and then unclenched fist, in that order, will answer phone calls. And there’s evidence of a speaker there too. So users can clench and unclench before talking as normal to engage in a conversation without the need to pull out a smartphone.
Similarly, to ignore a call in this example, users just need to shake the hand — and, subsequently, the watch.
And one gesture is going away with Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 too
Samsung also appears to be doing away with a long-standing gesture on its wearables. Namely, that’s a gesture that was previously used to snap a screenshot. Users on older Samsung smartwatches were forced to awkwardly hold of of the buttons down and swipe. With the gesture out of the way, there’s no swiping needed at all.
Instead, users can now simply press and hold the two side buttons and that will snap a screenshot.
Fall detection is coming with this watch, and soon too
The Galaxy Watch 3 is expected to land alongside other Samsung gadgets at the company’s upcoming Unpacked 2020 event. It’s expected to be loaded with a ton of health and fitness features too. But there’s at least one new feature along those lines that was also discovered in this teardown. And that’s fall detection.
Fall detection won’t be entirely new and will work similarly to SOS features already found on the watch. The biggest change will be how it responds when the wearer falls. After a fall, the watch will effectively ring for around a minute, waiting for the user to respond. If that doesn’t happen, the user’s current location and a 5-second sound recording will be sent to emergency contacts set by the wearer.
Conversely, the watch can also be set to send out an SOS call instead.