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Seven reasons why Tizen 3.0 is great for Samsung smartwatches

Last Friday, we received the Samsung Gear Sport, which was announced at IFA earlier this year. The Gear Sport runs Tizen 3.0 out of the box, and it is expected that Samsung will bring the upgrade to the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic as well.

What does Tizen 3.0 bring to the table? We’ve come across a few notable new features and improvements, and we’ve listed the major ones below.

Watch Only mode

Watch Only is a new feature on Tizen 3.0. When you activate Watch Only mode, the smartwatch will only show you the watch face and disable all other functions, including notifications. This means you can use it as a regular watch, and the battery will also last much longer. You’ll lose all of the smart functionality, but Watch Only mode will be great for the times you just need a timepiece to, well, tell the time.

Bezel wake-up

Moving the bezel ring on Samsung’s watches turns on the screen, and while this can be handy for some, it can be annoying if you’re sleeping or in a situation where you don’t want the screen to wake up unless you want it to. With Tizen 3.0, you can turn off the bezel wake function to prevent the ring from waking up the screen.

New icons

Samsung has upgraded icons with Tizen 3.0, and they now match the ones seen on devices like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. Not a lot to say here, except that there’s higher consistency across Samsung’s products.

Better preview when browsing watch faces

On Tizen 3.0, when you are looking for new watch faces to select, you’ll see a preview of up to seven watch faces at the same time, so you have to scroll less to get the ones you like. Before Tizen 3.0, only one watch face showed up on the watch’s display at a time, which made for more work when looking at the latest watch faces.

Water Lock mode

As the name suggests, when enabled, Water Lock mode disables the touch screen and motion sensors. Perfect for when you take your Gear Sport for a swim.

More quick toggles

The quick toggles on Samsung’s previous smartwatches were too few to be truly useful, so Tizen 3.0 now gives you eight shortcuts in the toggles menu. There are shortcuts for Watch Only mode, Water Lock mode, and the settings, in addition to the usual suspects like brightness and do not disturb mode.

Suggestions in the settings menu

On Tizen 3.0, when you’re browsing through the settings menu, you will find suggestions for settings that might be relevant, pretty much like the ones you see on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8. It’s useful for finding the right settings faster, especially on the small display on the Gear Sport.


That’s it for the features that we think are notable on Tizen 3.0. Of course, we’ll let you guys know if we come across more such features as we use the Gear Sport in the coming days. Hold tight for our review of the Gear Sport, and let us know what you think about Tizen 3.0!

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Lewis Morg
Lewis Morg

I hope the Gear S2 get this update, personally I can’t see it happening. But I don’t want to upgrade to a Gear S3 or Sport from my Gear S2 if an S4 is soon on the way!

adfree
adfree

Yes I agree with PADDYBEAR79.
Samsung joking with Tizen Customers and App Developers since yearS…
I mean Tizen 3.0 is “born” in 2013 or earlier… and now they reached Tizen 3.0.0.0… wow great.
More Watchfaces… What kind of Evolution SM-Z400F reached? And funny… they work since months on Tizen 4.0… at the same time…
Why the h. they are not able to concentrate on 1 “OS” Version… focus…
Same nonsense with 100000 different CSC… Gear s3 have 1 world Firmware…. OXA cantains all Variants in Single package… but nice to see so many CSC still on BQC5… from March 2017…
Great job…
My opinion.
Best Regards

paddybear79
paddybear79

I am sorry, but even Sammobile should see that Samsung is not investing in Tizen for their smartwatches. All these minor “features” that you mentioned could be expected from a usual firmware update, but need to be considered ridiculous for an OS upgrade. You must be kidding me! Where are performance improvements, bug fixes, new UI elements, improved voice features, etc, etc, etc? There are many bugs, like for example for animated watchfaces, since more than half a year. No improvements so far. The Gear Manager app is buggy, Tizen developers are complaining since the beginning about missing official support.… Read more »

PlumUkr
PlumUkr

Wow, that’s so great! I thought there will be crap like improved work with messengers (Viber, Telegram, Facebook Messenger) and features for hiking like GPX/KML tracks support and ability to cache free maps like Open Street Maps or Open Cycle Maps for offline usage, but in real WE WILL HAVE NEW ICONS! Holly balls!

Are they serious?… 🙁

Deke218
Deke218

I hope the improvements are more than cosmetic.

carnivore_23
carnivore_23

When is the update for S3 released?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Some excellent features there. I solved the problem of the watch lighting up at night by switching off Wake up gesture in settings. Not a perfect solution but it stops it coming on when you move about as you sleep. But this is even better.

patrickgraf71
patrickgraf71

There’s even an Option to turn off wake up gesture with a time plan.
You find it under (Sorry, I’m Swiss, Einstellungen – Gerät – nicht stören)
In English probably Settings – Gear – do not disturb.
My gestures are turned off from 10pm to 6am.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks my friend! I feel silly as I never knew that. Lol!! I don’t think I ever even looked at do not disturb options. I am grateful! 🙂

SEMIKING
SEMIKING

What about Gear S2 🙁

Biransahin
Biransahin

Unfortunately I heard the S2 won’t be getting Tizen 3.0 as it’s hardware won’t be compatible enough. Don’t take it as 100% correct, just what I heard.

vanillasky
vanillasky

Many months ago I’ve sent an email to Samsung support about this bezel function. I asked them to add a possibility to turn of the bezel for a night. Nice to see this now 😉

robinh999
robinh999

icon might looks like nothing but im really happy to see new s8 icons to tizen 3.0, really looks like an extension of my s8 and not like a new separate device, like iOS, macOS, watchOS of apple, a consistent experience and its great. I hope Samsung won’t ever switch to android wear, buggy and not well maintained, tizen is what makes Samsung watches and ecosystem the best

Biransahin
Biransahin

Tizen is definitely better.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

These are great improvements and truly hope they come to the Gear S3s soon! the Gear app just got an update but my actual Gear S3 frontier hasn’t had one in months! Are you able to control Samsung TVs using the watch/bezel? Is there a safe style unlock method – i.e. turning the bezel in a specific pattern to unlock the device?