While the mobile market continues to be iPhone
vs Android, the smartwatch realm is currently ruled by Android Wear in the majority. However, Samsung has been looking to change this for a while with its line of Gear smartwatches. The latest update for Samsung Gear S2 is out, and there is a lot that it brings which resembles its successor.
After the release of Gear S3, Samsung decided to not do away with the Gear S2 and keep it as the smaller and cheaper alternative for users. Delivering on its promise the South-Korean giant has released an update for the Tizen
-powered smartwatch which brings most of the eye-catching software features that were introduced this year in the Gear S3.
To start things off, the update for Samsung Gear S2 brings a slew of new watch faces, despite the Tizen Wear ecosystem still being under development. Moreover, a bunch of the input and control functions of the Gear S3 has also been ported to the latter.
For instance, you can now use the rotating bezel to control alarms, calls, alerts, and timers. An updated version of the Handwriting mode has been added as well, allowing you to draw messages in Chinese
, English, or Korean, one character at a time. Certain apps such as the Alti-Barometer app and Reminders have also made it to the Gear S2.
The OTA update is currently rolling out in the larger markets of Asia and should make it to more regions in the coming days. Make sure to check for the latest 133MB update for your Gear S2 in the Gear app if you don’t receive the notification automatically.