Samsung is dedicated to providing a seamless experience for all Galaxy users, emphasizing this commitment through the Universal Gestures feature in the Galaxy Watch. Introduced in the One UI 5 Watch update, this feature allows users to control their device touch-free using four gestures: Make Fist, Make Fist Twice, Pinch, and Double Pinch. This innovation caters especially to those with mobility limitations, offering an alternative way to interact with their Galaxy Watch.
George Kebaso, Head of Product and Marketing at Samsung Electronics East Africa, expressed pride in this advancement, noting its significance in making wearable technology more accessible. He stated that Universal Gestures not only simplifies usage but also instills confidence in users.
To enable Universal Gestures, users can access the Accessibility menu in their Galaxy Watch settings and toggle the option on. A tutorial helps them understand its full capabilities. Once activated, gestures like making a fist twice allow for easy navigation, with a colored outline indicating the switch from traditional touch-based controls.
The Make Fist gesture simplifies selection and access to various functions, while the Make Fist Twice gesture opens an Action menu with essential tools like app access and recent apps display. The Pinch gestures provide additional navigation options, enhancing the device’s usability for users with mobility challenges.
Moreover, users can personalize these gesture actions to suit their specific needs, further enhancing the Galaxy Watch’s accessibility. Samsung also offers another control feature, Gestures in the Advanced features, for quick actions like answering calls or launching apps with simple hand and arm movements. This continued focus on accessibility underscores Samsung’s commitment to inclusivity in technology.