Gear S2 gets loads of features from the Gear S3 in latest update

Samsung today confirmed that it’s releasing the second Gear S2 Value Pack update which brings over loads of features from the Gear S3 to the Gear S2. This update brings additional customization options for the Gear S2 as users will now be able to download and use the Gear S3′s preloaded watch faces via the Galaxy Apps store.

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The Gear S2 also gets support for the new Reminders app and the Alti-Barometer app introduced with the Gear S3. The update also enhances the rotating bezel’s functionality by enabling users to accept or reject calls, dismiss alarms, timers and alerts with just a twist of the bezel. A clockwise turn answers or acknowledges a call or alert while a counterclockwise turn rejects it.

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Gear S2 gets the new Handwriting Mode with this update which has support for superimposed writing. Users will now be able to scrawl messages on the smartwatch itself in English, Korean or Chinese without having to wait for each letter to be converted into text. Users can also sketch, send emoji and even dictate texts of the go.

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S Health has been updated as well to automatically recognize more activities such as walking, running, cycling, elliptical, and more. High-intensity activities will now be logged as “Other Workouts.” The Gear S2 can automatically count reps for gym-standard exercises like star jumps, lunges, squats and more now. The new Auto Pause feature will automatically suspend tracking if a user needs to stop mid-exercise. The tracking functionality resumes automatically when the user gets going again.

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Support for third-party widgets from the likes of USA Today, Uber and Yelp is included in this update as well. There are new and improved widgets for contacts, weather, S Health and more. The new Gear S2 update improves safety and security as well by providing support for location tracking. Users can initiate an SOS alert by pressing the Gear S2′s home button three times, their designated contacts will then automatically receive their location via Glympse.

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Last but not the least, the update also provides Gear S2 users access to smartwatch games on the Galaxy Apps store, including titles like Monster Vampire and Stack, currently there are more than 100 titles available for the smartwatch on the Galaxy Apps store.

This update bearing Tizen version number 2.3.2.1 and weighing at just over 133MB has been launched in major markets today and Samsung says that it’s going to be available worldwide in the coming weeks.

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ralphygr
14 days 7 hours ago

Hi from San Juan Puerto Rico Caribbean island. Happy to say we have got the new update for our gear S2 and it is the same as on the gear S3. Thanks.

Bataclau
20 days 7 hours ago

T-Mobile just released it, thank you !

Bataclau
26 days 9 hours ago

3g version T-mobile US still waiting ….

Mohamad106
1 month 9 days ago

I have received the update in Lebanon, but I can’t find the S3 watch faces in the galaxy app store.

givver
1 month 10 days ago

I got the S2 update and found the Alti-Barometer app but can’t find the Reminder app. Tried searching for Samsung in the gear store but can’t find it.

jeffyboy65
1 month 10 days ago

Those of us with the S2 3g are still waiting for the update from last summer.
No idea why.

tecksulfur
1 month 10 days ago

Nice…still no update on US version…

mr. phillip
1 month 10 days ago

In Portugal, i have also the update.
However, no S3 watchfaces, and apps. I have searched them in very different ways.

thibaly
1 month 10 days ago

What an amazing surprise ! Read this article yesterday and got the update in the same time (In France) ! Really good update with doodle feature (To draw a message) and so much new amazing style for the watchface !
Well done samsung ! But i still have batterie issue, only one day of usage by charge !

sasammy
1 month 10 days ago

Where to download Altimeter and Reminder apps? What is its name?
I can’t find them in Gear in Samsung Apps.

thibaly
1 month 10 days ago

You should go to Gear apps -> gear -> and type “samsung” , then scroll down and you’ll find it. That’s how i found them

sasammy
1 month 10 days ago

Thanks, but there’s no such apps on this list. Could you please write complete names (or links?) for these apps?

thibaly
1 month 10 days ago

Wow i can’t find them anymore. Yesterday i found them by looking with the word : samsung , on the gear way. But today i can’t find them.
The first one is call ” reminder ” and the next one is call ” altimètre – baro ” (in french)

sasammy
1 month 10 days ago

Thanks, it showed as Alti-Barometer from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (searched for barometer), still no Reminder app, maybe it will show later.

EugeneOnTheEdge
1 month 11 days ago

Wait–the Gear S2 is getting the alti-barometer app, but how is that gonna work?? It doesn’t have the sensor like the one on the back of the Gear S3..

sasammy
1 month 10 days ago

S2 has barometer, thus he can calculate altitude.

parshakov
1 month 11 days ago

ADNAN F., thanks for the news, but one long screenshot would look nicer than 2 regular screenshots.

1 month 10 days ago

We agree, yet if we got 2 to work with we need to do it with 2 right…

Cheers

parshakov
1 month 11 days ago

Too bad they did not release the Speedometer app for the Gear S2. I wanted to compare it with my Always-On Speed app.

kiwiruss
1 month 11 days ago

FYI, Also in USA and no update.

ctdog4748
1 month 11 days ago

USA here, and have not yet gotten the update.

maherk22
1 month 11 days ago

I can confirm that Lebanon has received the update as well, I am already downloading it

Mohamad106
1 month 9 days ago

Were you able to find the Gear S3 watch faces in the Galaxy app store?

ProdByEchelon
1 month 11 days ago

So far France and Germany seem to have gotten the update. Turkey a few weeks ago.

 
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