Samsung Gear S3 Is Getting a Huge Update with New Features

25 January, 2019, 19:55 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Samsung Gear S3 scores hefty software update with improvements across the board

According to a screenshot of the official changelog shared by the folks over at Tizen Help, the update tips the scales at almost 300MB, which is pretty large for a wearable device with 4 gigs of internal storage space in total.

The firmware is labelled R760XXU2DSA1 300 and bumps the Tizen version up to 4.0.0.2.

The sleep notifications you get each morning have been simplified and a Sleep Widget has been added. At the very top of the list is Samsung Health, which can now track 20 indoor workouts including arm curls, bench presses, and burpee tests.

The update enriches communication, with new features for messaging and calls. The new Theater Mode and Goodnight mode will prevent the watch from disturbing you when youre at an event or sleeping (these modes are accessible from the Quick Panel).

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One of the most annoying things about Gear S3 and Gear Sport was the fact that the music could only be changed through the smartphone. You can also manually check if the update is already available in your market by going to the Galaxy Wearable app (formerly Samsung Gear) and checking for an update in the Settings.

Additionally, users can now toggle more watch settings from their phone (settings menus shown in the images below), and in the advanced settings it's now possible to remap the home button double-tap to trigger a specific app. As long as no serious bugs are discovered, the update will be automatically offered on the Gear S3. Fortunately, the new update lets Gear S3 and Gear Sport users change the music directly via the smartwatch.

It also makes these older devices a bargain, offering Samsung Galaxy Watch features at a more affordable price.

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