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Exclusive: Samsung Gear S2 to get an update with new features, UX improvements

We love the Gear S2, and we think it is the best smartwatch currently available in the market (the lack of apps compared to Android Wear or the Apple Watch notwithstanding). Right out of the box the Gear S2 offers an excellent user experience, and we have received information on a major new update that will be released in the near future with a slew of improvements to how the smartwatch works.

The update will be the biggest yet, and the headline feature for many is likely to be the ability to use their photos as backgrounds in watch faces. Using personal photos as a wallpaper on phones is something everyone does (or has done at some point), and it is only natural that the feature be made available on a smartwatch. After the update, the Gear S2 will also start offering watch face recommendations and will let users install these watch faces from the watch itself.

This will extend to recommended apps as well – Samsung basically wants you to use the paired smartphone less often, which is why the update will also add the option to post exercise stats to Facebook directly from the watch. The Gear S2’s fitness tracking abilities will also be getting improvements, as the update will add a sleep monitor, a feature that probably should have been there from the start.

Other changes will include the addition of UV index information in the weather app, the ability to start a timer using S Voice, and a menu for managing notifications when there are no unread notifications available. We’re told the update will roll out sometime in the coming weeks, although there’s no concrete time frame. With a big update such as this, Samsung is likely going to make sure everything is right before making it available to consumers.

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obsydian
obsydian

Long overdue and hope this is a new trend (as in not ditch a product /s updates within 6-9 mths of launch).

For me the sleep function was a must (losing functionality versus the Gear 2), the rest not bothered, if the UI is updated cool and moreso if the battery improves, but i get 5 days using my S2 (but switch off a night), with the sleep monitor i will leave it on 24/7.

The only matter now is when, given the S3 might be due soon.
Guess Samsung copying Apple again.

spark36
spark36

Anyway, I love your watchface. Where did you get it?

tommywe
tommywe

I love Samsung, but have a big problem about not supporting my Samsung gear 2 Watch: I used to use it with my Galaxy S5 and DMA app for navigation. That feature is not supported, moreover – the app cannot be installed on my phone.
I still hope that Samsung will bring a solution for me. Otherwise I don’t think that my next wearable would be their make/

EugeneOnTheEdge
EugeneOnTheEdge

But… what about the Gear S3?? My Gear 2’s going down pretty quickly and I needa get the S3. Skipped the S2 for several reasons though.

vanillasky
vanillasky

Nice, but I’m able to set up my own picture from my gallery as clock background for many weeks, I think since February

Phoenix2
Phoenix2

Agreed, I’ve been using my own picture on the digital watchface for a few months now. Can someone clarify as to what the new feature will actually do?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Does this mean they’re gearing up for a Gear S3 with the Note 7? Or should I get the S2 now? I really wanted the platinum edition (because a watch is meant to be a style accessory too) but it’s not available in my country.

Wilksie
Wilksie

Great news. I’d love the integration to improve between the watch and phone. Little things like setting the alarm on my phone sets the watch off. Great! Setting the timer on my phone doesn’t set off the watch. Reeeeally? So I have to use the timer on the watch. They should be the same in both devices. Setting the device to “Do not disturb” when it’s in its charging dock would be a great option to toggle on. When I go to bed I have to set it manually every night as a notification vibrates the beside table and wakes… Read more »

laserblade
laserblade

Very good news. Sleep tracking was a feature that i used in the past every day with my gear fit and was missing in S2.

snowpey
snowpey

I hope they will also add to the update is for the ios support.

utontissimo
utontissimo

Amazing exclusive!