Less than three weeks into the market, Samsung‘s Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro are already receiving their second software update. Both LTE and Bluetooth variants are picking up the latest update. It appears to bring a GPS-related fix along with some system stability and reliability optimizations. The changelog (via) provided by Verizon for the LTE models only mentions performance improvements but Samsung’s update tracker shows the GPS fix too, though only for Bluetooth models. It appears the latter started getting this update last week itself.
The latest update should reach all three Galaxy Watch 5 models globally within the next few days. The updated firmware version for the LTE units in the US is R9*5USQU1AVH6. That for the Bluetooth variants is R9*0XXU1AVH6. Of course, these identifiers vary depending on the model and the region. The model number for the latest Samsung smartwatches are as follows: SM-R905, SM-R915, and SM-R925 for the LTE Galaxy Watch 5 40mm, Galaxy Watch 5 44mm, and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro 45mm, respectively. The model numbers for the Bluetooth variants are SM-R900, SM-R910, and SM-R920, respectively.
As usual, the update will roll out over the air (OTA). You should receive a notification from the Galaxy Wearable app on the connected smartphone. You can also check for updates directly from the watch. Go to the Settings app and scroll down to tap on Software update. If an OTA update is available, you can download it.
Samsung is rolling out a new software update to the Galaxy Watch 5 series
Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 5 series alongside the new foldables last month. The latest smartwatches started selling public towards the end of August. Coinciding with its market release, the company rolled out a software update to the devices, fixing an issue with Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages. The watches were unable to receive WEA messages longer than 255 characters. Most buyers likely received that update out of the box.
A few weeks later, Samsung is now seeding another update to the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. This update should further improve what are already pretty nice watches. Of course, the Pro model is better specced among the two options. But if you go by value, the vanilla Galaxy Watch 5 is the ideal choice. It is arguably the best smartwatch to use with an Android smartphone today. And it will only get better over time. Samsung still has to enable the temperature sensor that it is already equipped with. A future software update should activate the sensor. We will keep you posted.