Samsung is releasing a new update for the Galaxy Watch 5 series, including an updated security patch and support for a new Device Diagnostics function.
The first new update for the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in 2023 is already rolling out.
The first item mentioned in this update is the new pinch-to-zoom capability for Samsung’s Camera Controller app, unveiled last week. However, Samsung does note that this is the first time the company has officially acknowledged that this requires One UI 5.1 on your smartphone. Users won’t, however, be able to use this new feature after installing the most recent Galaxy Watch 5 update.
This update also includes a brand-new Device Diagnostics option for the Galaxy Watch 5, which is considerably more intriguing.
Users can check their battery status (health) and test touchscreen functionality and other features using the Samsung Members app on their phones. It’s difficult to determine how comprehensive this feature is because the corresponding Samsung Members and Galaxy Wearable app upgrades don’t appear to be available just yet.
The complete changelog is as follows (formatting adjusted):
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.
- 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.
The Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro now have the January 2023 security patch thanks to this update. The majority of these functions should eventually be added to Galaxy Watch 4.