Over the last month, rumors have hovering about a possible 2016 release of the Samsung Gear S3. The next-generation Tizen smartwatch might appear at September’s IFA, the same event that saw the official unveiling of the Gear S2 a year ago.
For now, there’s nothing solid to back up the Samsung Gear S3 rumor, but last year’s Gear S2 has become more solid with its third update which has been rolling out over the last three days.
Gear S2 owners can now enjoy a more user-friendly and speedy smartwatch experience. Adding content to the smartwatch has become an easier affair as watch faces and recommended apps can now be downloaded to the Gear S2 without having to pick up your smartphone.
Users can now personalize the look of the Gear S2 by using the My Photo app to set their own photos as the watch face. This feature is a nice touch, but for me it would be better suited for my desktop rather than my apparel, being a rubbish photographer.
The update has brought fitness tracking improvements, such as automatic sleep detection and the ability to directly share your progress with family, friends and followers on social media networks such as Facebook. The Gear S2 Contacts feature has been improved, as it can now be accessed as either an app or widget, enabling users to easily make a call or send a message from the watch.
Samsung’s S Voice speech recognition feature has been improved. Users can now control the watch’s timer using voice commands. Also, when a user asks to check messages while there are no unread messages, S Voice automatically asks if you want to open the messaging app. There’s also a word streaming feature that displays what you’re saying and is updated in real-time.
Other Gear S2 apps have also been refined. The Schedule app is now better at reminding you of appointments, The Weather app now has a UV Index feature how help prevent too much exposure to the sun, and the World Clock now provides sunrise and sunset times and time differences between locations. Last but not least, Samsung have made it easier for users to contact customer support by adding a Contact Us feature in the Gear app which directly gets through to the customer center.
WatchOS 3 and Android Wear 2.0 will both be landing in the Autumn. If you haven’t already got an Apple Watch or Android Wear watch, the latest Gear S2 update is a good reason to consider getting involved with the Tizen OS.
The Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch is compatible with devices with at least 1.5GB of RAM running Android 4.4 or higher.