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[Update: Gear Sport too] Gear S3 gets a big update with a host of new features

Samsung is pushing out a big update to the Gear S3 which introduces a host of new features to the smartwatch. It carries the firmware version R760XXU2DSA1 and also bumps the device to Tizen version 4.0.0.2. The update is currently available in the US, with a wider roll out expected in the coming days.

Gear S3 gets new features as we wait for a new Samsung smartwatch

The latest Gear S3 update brings a number of improvements in the watch’s usability and functionality. Samsung Health now supports more indoor workouts and back-to-back workout. The Health Widget also gets support for sleep stages information. Quick Panel gets an improved UI for faster and easier interaction.

The watch settings get two advanced modes – theater and sleep – which can also be toggled from the quick panel. Settings menus have also been re-categorized. The notification panel now shows incoming MMS image and automatically plays GIFs and other animated images. Messages app lets you save draft messages and supports over 1,000 emojis.

As said earlier, the update is currently available to download in the US only. It weighs nearly 300 MB. The update is being rolled out in phases and may take a while before it reaches your region and device. You should get a notification when it’s available for your Gear S3. You can also manually check for updates by going to the About Gear » Update Gear software section in the Settings tab of the Galaxy Wearable (Samsung Gear) app on your phone.

Update: The Tizen 4.0.0.2 update is rolling out for the Gear Sport as well with version number R600XXU1BSA1.

  • Model: SM-R760
  • Dimensions: 49 x 46 x 12.9mm
  • Display: Circular 1.3" (32,9mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7270
  • Camera:
  • Model: SM-R770
  • Dimensions: 49 x 46 x 12.9mm
  • Display: Circular 1.3" (32,9mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7270
  • Camera:

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xa2
xa2

Still waiting Europe version… 🙁

markstep1
markstep1

and you wont, updates are all on Hold

Lawsha
Lawsha

no its not i got it few days ago

markstep1
markstep1

Uh yes it is, and the delay and hold hahs been announced on global samsung news. and confirmed by their RD only US and CAN are gettiing it.

casper181
casper181

Anyone got the URL?

tjmak
tjmak

markstep1 is right its on their news site that its on hold until March.

Marobaro
Marobaro

Right! Their imaginary hidden news site without the url! LOL

markstep1
markstep1

are you daft? when you post a Link in here it removes the comment, read the Spam filter rules, only mods can post links, hence you can simple go to samsung global news

Marobaro
Marobaro

I was on their news site. The link is here: h_t_t_p_:_/_/_b_i_t_._l_y_/_2_F_y_Q_1_h_t —> Remove the underscores!

Marobaro
Marobaro

And 1 hour after my post I’m uploading Tizen 4 to my Gear S3 Frontier European version (OTA Update)! How strange!? I didn’t have to wait until March as your imaginary Samsung news site was announcing!!? Now I’ll have Tizen 4 full of bugs and will have to write to Samsung’s R&D team! LOL

kaos2437
kaos2437

Still only getting “You’re using the latest software” for the UK on S3 Frontier (non LTE)…very surprising that it’s taking this long to get an update

tjmak
tjmak

the updates are on hold, they released to only some markets, are experiencing big issues, and now its on a PAUSE like the PIE update

Marobaro
Marobaro

That doesn’t make any sense but OK. It seems that Samsung still doesn’t know how their more than 2 years old watch (Gear S3 Frontier) functions! 🙂 However there are some people on this thread that received the Tizen 4 and I don’t see them complaining about “big issues”. For example Kabamaru – Spain (S3 Frontier), socalrailroader – USA (LTE S3 Frontier), jtOttava – Canada (S3 Frontier), Falcine – Germany (Gear Sport), nefi45 – Mexico (Gear Sport), etc.

tjmak
tjmak

then you didn’t read about the Always on display not working right, some watch faces not animating, the heart rate minor going crazy, the Bluetooth dropping. i updated to tizen 4. Had issues and samsung asked me to drop my watch off at the service center, the next day (yesterday) they called me to come college a replacement watch with tizen 3 on it. after again complaining its not fair, i was yet again explained there is a issue and it will be address in a later update.

markstep1
markstep1

same thing here, im also in UAE, i was one of the 1st to get tizen 4, then all my friends said they arent getting it, they get the latest software message. after 3 days i had massive issues, random reboots and several other issues with it saying remotely connected to watch over wifi, when im 1 meter from my phone. Brought my watch to the service center and was given a new watch on the spot. The guy behind the counter said, please please please if you see a tizen 4 update dont do it, its pulled from the… Read more »

Marobaro
Marobaro

So, as I said: It seems that Samsung still doesn’t know how their more than 2 years old watch (Gear S3 Frontier) functions! 🙂 Good job Samsung! LOL

Lawsha
Lawsha

no its not

socalrailroader
socalrailroader

It finally showed up on my Verizon LTE Gear S3 Frontier Thursday night 👍

titirtaha
titirtaha

Did any one in india get tizen 4 update for gear sports?

GKG4
GKG4

I still have Gear Sport running at Tizen 3, and everytime I check it says you got latest update.
I got this Gear Sport alonwith Note 9 under scheme in India.

hammadk
hammadk

I live in UK and have ATT Gear S3 watch. When can we expect ATT to release the udpate so that i can update as well. Sammobile guys can you please help!!!
Thanks

nefi45
nefi45

I just got the update for my Gear Sport from México tonight.

casper181
casper181

Does anyone know if Samsung have officially stalled this rollout or is it just being done really slowly?

Tibudev
Tibudev

I’m wondering the same, Denmark here, and no update yet!

markstep1
markstep1

Samsung has put a hold on the update. We were getting it in Dubai then suddenly it stopped. Samsung emea said that Samsung has put a hault and disabled further updates until unknown date

n0rz
n0rz

Still waiting for update in Romania….

costeai
costeai

Vezi pe xda. Este un tutorial pentru update. Eu am 4.0

romeolazar
romeolazar

Nu era mai simplu sa dai link-ul direct? Anyway thx.

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

This is by far the best update yet to the Gear S3. Really liking the new features (especially the new number pad for entering your PIN with Samsung Pay). Very stable, and battery life is great – possibly even better than before. So far today have used 1% after two hours… 👌

martylk2
martylk2

I don’t often send texts from my watches, but yesterday it took 6 attempts to successfully send a text from my Gear S3 using the voice prompt function. And the first successful text sent was “Send a text”…lol. The next one was my actual message.

It was a mess of not working right, errors and more errors before it actually worked.

I thought WearOS was unreliable, but Tizen on the Gear S3 is the king of unreliability.

engineerik
engineerik

what about galaxy watch ? Why did I buy a galaxy watch if S3 became better in software at the moment? I am very disappointed in Samsung lately.

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

I didn’t buy a Galaxy Watch because it doesn’t have MST – so even without this software update the Gear S3 is the better choice in my view….especially now that they are being discounted…

henklbr
henklbr

Just relax: new firmware for the Galaxy Watch is on test now…

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s not better software than the Galaxy Watch, it’s just an update to Tizen 4.0,which will probably be the last update. Your galaxy watch will get further updates to Tizen 5, which will likely not come to S3.

tjmak
tjmak

samsung already announced on global news they would support at least until tizen 5 on the gear s3

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

If u want I will swap my s3 for your watch 😂

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

Got a cool new update to the Galaxy Wearable app today too, which presumably goes along with this update to Tizen 4.0.0.2…

GS7edge
GS7edge

Same, I got the update for the app but still no tizen 4 update on my Gear S3

mojtaba_esp
mojtaba_esp

What about Gear S3 Classic?
And, Is it possible to download the firmware and manually flash it?

Biransahin
Biransahin

No you can’t flash it, unfortunately. I was reading on Samsung official News Room site. It will arrive in the next day or two to every market. Classic and Frontier have exactly the same software.

markstep1
markstep1

incorrect you can hold down the power button till it says reboot, go to download menu and via wifi you can push an updated watch rom into it

Biransahin
Biransahin

No you can’t if it’s not available OTA in your region yet. Duffus 🤣🤣🤣🤣

markstep1
markstep1

Again you CAN, you dont have to use your regions firmware, i have many times flashed my Gear S3 with another regions and my samsung pay and everything work perfectly, as long as you use an official Firmware. Hence you can download the USA or UAE Firmware right now for 4.0.0.2 and use it using the BOOT recovery.

tjmak
tjmak

I just did what markstep1 said, I downloaded another regions recovery firmware; loaded over wifi, and my Samsung pay says confirm Saudi Arabia, and done, I used Canada and worked great thanks Markstep1, im now on tizen 4, and Biransahin you need to learn your sh**, you Duffus retard

aperonics
aperonics

Where did you get the firmware tjmak?

dbrlcks
dbrlcks

any of u gear s3 LTE who got the update? am i the only who didnt?

Biransahin
Biransahin

Read the article. Your LTE watch model number is R770 or possibly R765 in some regions, though not sure about that. This software update is for R760 the non LTE version.

tjmak
tjmak

Why is biransahin trolling this forum? Lots and Lots of LTE versions got the update already. Many people on this thread for the past day talking about how they got the LTE as did my brother who lives in Canada, he has the Frontier LTE and got the update over 12 hours ago.

Falcine
Falcine

Get the Update for my Gear Sport in Germany Yesterday afternoon

socalrailroader
socalrailroader

Nothing here in the US yet on my Verizon Gear S3 Frontier. I have a feeling they’re updating the non LTE version first, then the LTE enabled (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular) ones.

socalrailroader
socalrailroader

The model number is SM-R765V.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I think you’re right. It’s just the non LTE version at the moment.

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

Great love my s3 frontier

waelnd
waelnd

For all those who got the update, do you have the new watch face called “my day”?

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

There is a watch face available in Galaxy Apps called ‘My Day’ – it’s not a Samsung watch face tho…

locarno
locarno

Now Gear S3 have the same software as GW.

mojtaba_esp
mojtaba_esp

Exactly same? Is Bixby avaliable?

locarno
locarno

I don’t know. I don’t have Gear S3. I have Galaxy Watch.

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

No, still S-voice.

locarno
locarno

Picture is broken.

maxbg996
maxbg996

Singapore is still at 3.0.0.2.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Hasn’t arrived in Turkey yet, on my S3 or my wife’s Gear Sport. It’s running so well now, with great battery life, I’m almost afraid to update it when it does arrive. Lol.

TheDKGunner
TheDKGunner

What kind of odds can I get on Samsung screwing up battery life again? 😂

Biransahin
Biransahin

That’s always a worry. Good point! I’ve had the problem occur a few times now. Presently it’s absolutely great, I’m almost afraid to update it when it arrives. Lol. Maybe wait for a while to hear the feedback. It’s still good that they’re bringing Tizen 4 though, so I won’t prejudge it yet. 😉

TheDKGunner
TheDKGunner

I’m thinking exactly what you’re thinking 😉

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

I wondered the same thing, but so far so good – no unusual battery drain.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.. 👍👍👍👍

svkhris
svkhris

Any initial feedback on the update? Issues or performance related? Is the watch showing any lags or battery drain (so far)?

jtOttawa
jtOttawa

No issues so far…

svkhris
svkhris

Cool, but I’m skeptical of the update. Will wait out a few days

svkhris
svkhris

I went ahead and updated my watch. The battery usage seems much stable than previous version. Yesterday whole night my watch didn’t reduce even a single digit of %. That never happened from the time i bought this watch (since 2 yrs). Wonder is this a one time thing. WIll keep checking but seems a very stable update. Thumbs up for now. Note: it is also possible that I changed the way I wore my watch recently. Earlier I used to strap the watch a step lose (like a bracelet) but now I’m doing a step higher (meaning tighter around… Read more »