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Tizen 3.0 now rolling out to the Gear S3 with Value Pack update

Samsung is releasing a major update for the Gear S3 today. Called the Value Pack update, it brings Tizen 3.0 to the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier and, as a result, a slew of new features and enhancements. With this update, the Gear S3 is running pretty much the same software as the Gear Sport, with new features and improvements that make the watch “more versatile than ever.”

Gear S3 Value Pack update is a big one

In fact, there’s so much here that we’re unsure where to start. We have already written about the highlight features of Tizen 3.0 for Samsung’s smartwatches, but those aren’t the only ones added by the Value Pack update. The Gear S3 can now be used to control the Gear VR and a TV connected to the same phone as the watch to display heart rate and other tracking information on the big screen (which should be useful for those who exercise at home); controlling supported IoT devices is also possible through the new Samsung Connect app.

The update introduces a new widget for quicker access to different workouts, along with a similar widget for quick access to up to four apps. Oh, and just like on phones, the quick toggles screen can be accessed with a swipe up or down from any screen instead of needing one to go to the home screen. There’s support for Bixby Reminder so Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners can get reminders on their Gear S3, and users can now create both contacts and events from the watch itself.

The update also makes the bezel ring more intuitive, with different actions now attached to the speed at which the bezel is rotated. A quick rotation when viewing watch faces will, for example, zoom the screen out to fit in more watch faces on the screen. Other features include new quick replies for messages, the ability to sort apps in the order in which they were most recently used, and setting a music track saved on the watch as a ringtone. Even the SOS feature has been improved, with SOS requests now including altitude information for easier tracking in case of an emergency.

All in all, this is a major update, and it should be available for everyone via the Samsung Gear phone app (inside the About gear menu under the settings tab). It’s a 258 MB download and takes up to 10 minutes to install, so make sure your Gear S3 is sufficiently charged before starting. See anything new or different after the update? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Ty G

Samsung in their infinite wisdom decided to replace the downswipe to go back with a downswipe to view toggles feature. This is the dumbest ‘feature’ I could possibly imagine. This takes a device that was a strong 8-9 in usability and drops it to a 2. Samsung, WTF!! How could you be so idiotic as to deliberately break this feature? You could already access the toggles with a second downswipe, WTF!! You need to fix this ASAP. If you’re unable to fix this I seriously want my money back and you can break whatever TF you want. This device is… Read more »

obsydian
obsydian

Battery life even after multiple hard resets and reinstall mobile app is a disaster, i could get nearly 3 days now down to 1.5 days.

JazzyJayBEE
JazzyJayBEE

Still no show in the US (T-Mo) S3 Frontier 🙁

fidocampeao
fidocampeao

no update for me (Brazil) 🙁

i have the frontier with no data

roriveram73
roriveram73

In Chile, still nothing.

sammorphous
sammorphous

After upgrade to 3.0.1 some apps stopped to work.

obsydian
obsydian

I think since Samsung Pay bloat or the battery is plain poor, i was getting 1 day (used to get 3 days), after resets and this update barely getting 2 days.

Otherwise pack does not seem much but for once Samsung are tweaking and improving, allot more useless information easily laid out on the watch.

DHTML7
DHTML7

Only problem I have is battery life is worse. 100% yesterday at 9.00am after update and already down at 60% tonight at 6.00pm. No other problems so far.

nirmelmurtic
nirmelmurtic

Still no update in Bosnia…

notemy
notemy

Just received the update on my Gear S3 Frontier (Malaysia)

marian933
marian933

Not received yet Slovakia…

mv_mao
mv_mao

Does it contain WAP2 krak fix?

fareedar
fareedar

Not received yet in Middle East 🙁

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Love the new functionality but it seems catered to the Gear Sports smaller screen, all the icons look smaller on Gear S3 Frontier now.

ben3003
ben3003

“continous heart rate monitoring” means now even no workout, can track every 1 second?

Teresa Echegaray

Nothing yet in Chile……..

James Thomas

I get the same thing about being up to date but i did notice in the playstore there is an update to the gear s3 app

Teresa Echegaray

just an update for the gear plugin

stevent64
stevent64

the update gear option has not worked on my frontier for quite some time now, when i choose the option to update manually i get a system notification pop up at the bottom of the screen of my phone which says ‘Connecting to server… please wait’

JazzyJayBEE
JazzyJayBEE

Nothing yet. T-Mo Gear S3 Frontier.

gears2neoflash
gears2neoflash

Just got it. it seems that the handy swipe from top function ( used as return) is gone.
I am really disappointed. Now you have to use the top key as return.

gears2neoflash
gears2neoflash

Clear all notification function added.

socalrailroader

Nothing yet here in the US on my Verizon Wireless Gear S3 Frontier. It’s the phone enabled version.

svkhris
svkhris

Not yet on my Gear S3 Frontier purchased in India. I’m checking for update in the US though.

pioupiou69600

i tizen 2.3.2.4 Gear S3 frontier in France and no update for is moment…. his la a problem witch 2.3.2.4 ? no possibily for update tizen 3???

faridra
faridra

still nothing in Turkey… it says the latest update have already been installed

for3st
for3st

just received in Germany download finish its now on installing…thanks for the heads-up i was looking all the day for update.