The hand washing reminder software from Samsung has been ported to the Wear OS platform

As long as COVID-19 remains a threat on a global scale, every one of us should maintain a regular routine of washing our hands. When we’ve been out and about, this is especially true of the situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have both provided their support for this suggestion. As long as you do it for at least 20 seconds, and ideally longer, washing your hands with water and soap or an alcohol-based hand wash is one of the most efficient ways to destroy viruses that may be present on your hands.

In April of the previous year, Samsung introduced a new software known as Hand Wash with the intention of simplifying and expediting some tasks. At Samsung’s Research Institute in Bangalore, India, the programme was built in just two weeks. It appears that this was accomplished in a relatively short amount of time, despite the fact that staff did everything remotely.

The application was compatible with the Galaxy Watch 3 and the first and second generations of the Watch Active. In accordance with the instructions, it has a timer that counts down 20 seconds and prompts users at regular intervals throughout the day to wash their hands. There is an additional five seconds at the commencement of the timer, which you may use to turn on the tap and apply soap. When the allotted time has passed, the watch will make a vibrating sound.

You may personalise the reminders, and the application will nag you to clean your hands if it detects that you haven’t done so recently. There is also the possibility that you will not need to wash your clothes.

In addition, the application maintains track of the number of times, both during the day and over the course of the week, that you have washed your hands. Not so you can gloat about it, but so that it might assist you in developing healthy habits. Finally, it comes with its own watch face that displays the amount of time that has passed since the last time it was cleaned.

Now, Samsung has made available a version of the application for WearOS 3.0 that is compatible with the Galaxy Watch 4 and its Classic form. The software is essentially functionally equivalent to the Tizen version from the previous year. Be aware that it may result in decreased battery life before you install it since this has been noted in early assessments of the product’s effectiveness.

The application will not automatically download itself to your watch on its own. You are nonetheless free to obtain it from the Google Play Store and install it on your device. The size of the file is around 18 megabytes. If you upgraded to the Galaxy Watch 4, you can no longer make excuses for your lacklustre commitment to personal hygiene.

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