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Latest Gear S2 firmware update brings new features

Samsung launched the Gear S2 smartwatch back in 2015. The company worked on its shortcomings and followed the Gear S2 with Gear S3 and Gear S3 Sport smartwatches. The Gear S3 Sport launched with a host of new features which Samsung brought to the older Gear S3 models via a software update, commonly known as the Tizen 3.0 Value Pack update. Samsung is now sending out a big update for the Gear S2 which adds some of the new features to the old smartwatch.

The update brings some Tizen 3.0 features

The new update includes many user interface changes such as the icons and widgets optimized for the circular display, more coherent and unified appearance, etc. Major functionality changes to the user interface include most recent apps in the new ‘App Shortcuts’ widget and access to Gear S2’s Quick Panel by swiping down from any screen.

Samsung has also updated the Samsung Health experience on the Gear S2 by making it easier to manage and track your activity, an option to add preferred exercises as a preset on the new Multi-Workout widget, additional inactivity alerts to assist users, etc. The update also brings more options to explore when the device is connected to the S Health app on a smartphone. Users can see their daily exercise activity, calorie intake, real-time heart rate, exercise videos on synced TV, etc.

As seen with the Tizen 3.0 update on the Gear S3 models, the new Gear S2 update allows users to connect and control additional hardware and software such as the Gear VR and PowerPoint presentations.

Finally, the new update also brings detailed weather forecasts in the morning to help the Gear S2 users to plan their day better. The weather forecasts will include information such as day’s highest and lowest temperatures, wind chill, day-to-day temperature differences, sunrise and sunset hours, the probability of rainfall, UV index, etc.

The update is currently available for download via the Samsung Gear app. If you have already received the update, do let us know your experience so far in the comments section below.

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Islam Elkhayat
Islam Elkhayat

The battery life is much better and improved after this awesome update… Just do factory reset after the update and you will get 2.5 days with wake up gesture and brightness set to 5 (didn’t try always on display)

mihaelallen123
mihaelallen123

Battery is horrible after the update. So better to wait or skip

jjuanix
jjuanix

Can’t update via Gear Manager, any place i can donwload the firmware and install it manually?

James Tomlinson
James Tomlinson

I have two Gear S2 Watches, one a “sport” and the other a Classic, both are 3G on T-Mobile. I normally leave the watches on Bluetooth only, “Always on” – off, screen brightness 3, only flash messages, vibrate only. I was getting about 24-30 hours, enough to wear all day and through the night, swap watch in the morning, usually with 10-15% left. Now the watches are not getting through 24 hours. Turned on Classic at 9AM, 6:30PM it is 42% left. It is a guess at this point, but I think the watch is waking up more often. I’m… Read more »

Dom1n8tr1x
Dom1n8tr1x

About time…

Futures Wave
Futures Wave

Still my favorite smartwatch. Great update.

Junaidk040
Junaidk040

It killed the battery life on my Gear S2 SM-R730, previously it was used to lasts for at least 44-48 hours but now its hardly lasts for 8-10 hours. I want to go back to previous software version any lead please ?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

It killed the battery life on my Gear S3 Frontier, but I still used it and just had to charge it every night – which is not right. However, since then battery life has slowly started to improve, and I can wear it overnight now and it will still be on a respectable battery percentage. Think I can get a solid 2 day battery life now – though I still miss the 3-4 day one. Going away for bank holiday weekend and last year, I would not have needed to take the charging dock with me. Cannot say the same… Read more »

obsydian
obsydian

Hmm it ruined my S3, reluctant to flash onto my other S2

EugeneOnTheEdge
EugeneOnTheEdge

What a nice refresh to my getting-ancient S2.
I wonder where the PPT/VR controller is–I couldn’t find it anywhere. Do I need to download it from the Gear Apps Store??

/* EDIT: I found PPT Controller on the store, but not the VR one. */

Bataclau
Bataclau

I just updated my T-Mobile version and everything looks fine, kinda like it

brkaras
brkaras

I did it for my Gear 3 frontier and it ruined the watch…I barely use it anymore

NdriqimJanuzi
NdriqimJanuzi

Seems fresh, but update to tizen 3.0 would be awesome.

Stuart Ferris
Stuart Ferris

Welcome update with some nice interface changes, but main issue is still no Samsung Pay support

Bfrenz2
Bfrenz2

Samsung Pay is a hardware thing, man.

florin1it
florin1it

Samsung Pay si e una cosa hardware ma il Gear S2 l’ho supporta (a bordo c’è hardware NFC) perciò….
e in USA e da parecchio che si può pagare con S2………

WiesVH
WiesVH

I just installed it and everything looks and works really well 🙂
Glad to see Samsung pushing out updates to older devices!