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Exclusive: Samsung Gear S2 upcoming update preview

We exclusively reported last week that Samsung is preparing a major update, one that adds new features and makes various user experience improvements, for the Gear S2. We managed to get a few images of this new update in action on the watch, and as you will see below there are quite a few new things on offer.

On the convenience front, Samsung has made a huge change – you no longer need to pick up your paired smartphone to install recommended apps on the watch, as you can see in the images below. The same extends to a few watch faces as well.

Over in the world clock app for the Gear S2, Samsung has switched to a flatter design. The clock face now turns white during the day and goes dark at nighttime. Clicking on one of the displayed times will get you sunrise and sunset information as well.

In the weather app (powered by Accuweather), Samsung has added UV index information. It doesn’t give you tips on what you should do based on the UX levels, but at least you can know if you need to put on some sunscreen before going out.

Now, for the biggest user-facing feature: You can set your own photos as a watchface. You can add up to 10 images, which the watch will cycle through every time you wake up the display.

As we mentioned in our previous exclusive, there are a few other changes as well. S Voice will gain a couple of new functions (like being able to fire up a timer with a voice command), there is a separate contacts app now in addition to phone and messages, and the watch will allow the user to manage notifications when there are no unread notifications. Look forward to this update rolling out in the coming weeks; we will be sure to let you know once it becomes available.

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sachouba
sachouba

I can already set a timer with S Voice, it’s not a new feature.

Agent Mulder
Agent Mulder

…”you no longer need to pick up your paired smartphone to install recommended apps on the watch, as you can see in the images below”…
This new feature is useful for iOS users, we will have so many new apps to install, I hope (I use Gear Manager “beta” version for iOs and there are a few watchfaces and no app …) 🙁

EugeneOnTheEdge
EugeneOnTheEdge

The wallpaper-based watchface could hv been better: more utilities to be added to the face.

Also, I really wish the Tizen Wearable framework was redesigned so that it looks more modern. The one on the Gear S2 looks old, IMO.

jjcommonsense
jjcommonsense

Any ideas on when Samsung Pay will get activated on the Gear S2? I’ve already seen the update where theyve activated NFC.

baconman4321
baconman4321

I like watches and own a lot. The design from the gear is really nice however I found the price a little bit to high.

BlackKnight23
BlackKnight23

Can’t wait, already love the watch.

JakobMRL
JakobMRL

When will Samsung finally introduce iOS support to the Gear S2 ?

BlackKnight23
BlackKnight23

That was released a while back unless your carrier is holding back. It was released back in April for T-Mobile.

Agent Mulder
Agent Mulder

…”you no longer need to pick up your paired smartphone to install recommended apps on the watch, as you can see in the images below”…
This new feature is useful for iOS users, we will have so many new apps to install, I hope (I use Gear Manager “beta” version for iOs and there are a few watchfaces and no app …) 🙁