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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