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Gear S3 update adds ability to answer calls by rotating the bezel

Update: It seems the method of answering calls using the bezel involves rotating it clockwise a couple of times. Also, the feature should be enabled by default after the update is installed, instead of needing to be manually enabled as mentioned in the original story. It may also have been already available for some users since the Gear S3 was launched, and we’re trying to confirm if it might not have been available in some countries before.

Original story follows

Samsung is rolling out a minor update to the Gear S3 today, adding a nice little use case for the rotating bezel on the watch. The update adds a new accessibility feature that will allow Gear S3 users to accept incoming calls by rotating the bezel. It’s surprising the company never thought of this option before, but it has now, and we are sure Gear S3 owners will welcome the latest update with open arms.

The bezel is even more useful with the update

We haven’t received the update on any of our watches yet, so we’re not exactly sure where the option to answer calls using the bezel would be found. Probably in the Accessibility menu of the watch’s Settings app, under the Vision submenu, since Samsung is calling it a “visual accessibility” feature. It does make sense that the option would have to be manually enabled, as otherwise you might end up accepting a call you don’t want to answer if you manage to move the bezel by mistake (which would be fairly easy if your watch’s bezel ring has lost some of its friction, something that can happen after a few months of regular use).

The update is going out to both the frontier and classic versions of the Gear S3, with firmware versions R770XXU2CRE3 and R760XXU2CRE3 respectively. It’s a 13.65 MB update, and you should be able to download it from the Samsung Gear app on your connected phone or tablet, via the About Gear » Update Gear software menu under the app’s Settings tab. If the app says you’re on the latest version, try again after a little while as the update may take a while to reach all regions.

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Vuk995
Vuk995

How is this “new” feature, as I have this on my gear s2 even before latest 3.0 tizen update, so this is not new or it is something, as someone said, just enable/disable option in settings, but i have this on gear s2

faridra
faridra

I think they added an option to enable or disable this feature, because it looks like everyone has it since day one, me too

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

I’ve had mine for at least a year and it’s always been able to do it. I have always been able to either swipe on the green side or rotate the bezel.

It’s also how you can dismiss an alarm or timer notification …

Biransahin
Biransahin

This is an old update. An 18mb update did arrive about 2 weeks ago but you completed missed it. See Samsung Central site for the correct details.

tizen99
tizen99

No, this is false. I’m often look at the Samsung firmware server and this version R760XXU2CRE3 is on the test server for two weeks now and firmwares they are rolling out for the smartwatches are usually two weeks old, so this must be an older update you’re talking about.

florox
florox

the feature was prezented in the launch event, so I don’t know what the article is about…

exclusive_jeet
exclusive_jeet

I had this feature from very 1st day in my watch here in AUS and i am using it everyday while driving. how come ?

exclusive_jeet
exclusive_jeet

I had this feature from very 1st day in my watch and i am using it everyday while driving. how come ?

A2theC
A2theC

Mine has done this since day one, I purchased it on release day. I have the T-Mobile 4g LTE model.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

This isn’t new. I’ve been answering calls by rotating the bezels on my Gear S3 since I bought it almost 2 years ago.

rchapman80
rchapman80

Anyone notice that when your Gear updates the battery goes to crap for a few days? It always seems to normalize after that but I barely get through a day after an update when I can usually get through almost 2 days.

EzioAuditore007
EzioAuditore007

The last update caused it to last 8 hours or so, and it never normalized. I had to quit using it.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I had the same thing with very recent update. It was an 18mb update so not the same as this. I could already answer a call by rotating the bezel. But this is the first time I experienced the problem. Not only was it using up battery quickly but also when charging it was going to 98% and then instead of going to 100% it was going back to 89% ! As I have my watch since launch I was wondering if it was time for a new battery. However, after a total factory reset followed by a restart after… Read more »

kng3025
kng3025

Interesting as I’ve had the availability to do this right out of the box. Got my gear S3 back in April..

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