Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch is getting a big update even as we speak, with bunch of new user-facing features, UX changes and overall improvements.
It’s been rumored for a while that Samsung’s S2 smartwatch, running on Tizen, was due for a major upgrade. And now firmware versions R732XXU2DPFB (Gear S2 Classic) and R730XXU2DPFB (Gear S2 Sport) are rolling out to devices. The watch update totals around 61 MB, but you might need to upgrade the Samsung Gear application on your phone first.
As mentioned above, this is quite a major update for the company’s smartwatch, bringing a number of user-facing features. Perhaps the most important one is that you will now be able to install recommended apps and watch faces directly from the device, no longer needing to pick up your smartphone. This makes things simpler and more natural in day to day use.
A second big change has to do with watch faces: users can now use their own images on the watch’s display. This will doubtlessly make the watch a bit more personal, as you’ll no longer have to rely on watch faces approved by the company.
Other changes are smaller by comparison but welcome nonetheless. Samsung has switched to a flatter design in some parts of the OS including the world clock and weather apps. S Voice is also learning a few new tricks with extra voice commands, and there’s a new contacts and widget app for you to try out as well. Finally, the changelog also notes the addition of social sharing for activities, automatic sleep tracking and improvements to notifications.
As you can see there’s a lot to look forward to and given that the update is rolling out right now you won’t have to wait too long before you can try out the new features.