Before we get down to that, it’s worth saying that the version of the update is “R8xxXXU1BUH5”. Now, the first entry in the changelog states device stability improvements, and bug fixes.
The first Galaxy Watch 4 update seems to be all about optimizations
New and / or enhanced features are also mentioned, but Samsung didn’t explain anything. We don’t know what features the company refers to. Based on this entry some new ones arrive, or the company simply improved existing ones.
The last entry in the changelog states “further improvements to performance”. To be quite honest, this seems like a performance-boosting update. The company wants to make the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic as stable as possible.
Once your Watch 4 or Watch 4 Classic smartwatch arrives, this update should be available from the get-go. You’ll be able to install it via the Wearable app that you have installed on your phone.
Neither of these watches run Samsung’s Tizen OS
After years of releasing smartwatches with Tizen OS, Samsung switched back to Google’s software. The company actually co-developed this software with Google. Samsung has a special version of Wear OS 3.0 on its watches, it has its own skin, if you will.
These two smartwatches have been announced earlier this month, during Samsung’s Unpacked event. They arrived alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3, and Buds 2 gadgets.
The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the only one that has a physical rotating crown at the top. It’s also the more expensive of the two watches, in case you were wondering.
Samsung will likely release several more updates for both phones in the near future. That’s what usually happens once a device like this launches. We can’t really predict the update situation like this time around Samsung is kind of dependent on Google. These two watches do not come with Samsung’s Tizen OS, so it doesn’t have complete control.