Topping off a trio of events in as many days was Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Part 2. It may not have had quite the impact that the earlier Apple Unleashed and Google Pixel 6 Launch Event have had, but Samsung still shared some exciting news and updates.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition
You will now be able to customise the look of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. The bespoke edition allows you to choose the colours of the front and back panels and choose between a black and silver frame. There is a total of 49 colour combinations that can be selected, all of which will be custom made to your order. Samsung have said that you will be able to swap around the colours after you have purchased the phone, presumably meaning that the coloured panels are replaceable and pointing towards the selection possibly being expanded in the future.
One UI 4
Samsung also formally introduced One UI 4 for devices based on Android 12, which is immediately out in a beta phase in South Korea. It comes with a similar feature to ‘Material You’ for Google Pixel which will allow you to choose a colour theme for the UI of your handset. Reports are also suggesting that it appears as though Samsung are following through on their plans to remove ads from first party apps, with the weather app undergoing a redesign with ads no longer being featured.
Galaxy Watch 4 Updates
Hot on the tail of the Apple Watch Series 7, there was a series of announcements for Samsung’s flagship smartwatch. The Galaxy Watch 4 will now also offer exterior customisation options with its own bespoke edition. On top of which, there were some additional software features unveiled. Samsung are bringing several new watch-faces for users to pick from including a live wallpaper watch face, which continues their theme of increased customisation options.
The software update has also further improved fall detection, originally introduced on the Galaxy Watch 3. Previously this would only work when you were working out, but now it will be able to recognise a hard fall at any time. Samsung have also added new hand gestures so that users are able to open a pre-selected app with a simple ‘knock-knock’ motion of the wrist. The final piece of news for Galaxy Watch 4 users being that they can now get a free 60-day trial with workout app, Strava.