Samsung Gear S2 update goes live with watch face notifications, new apps, and more


Own a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch? Oh my, would you look at the time – it's time for an OTA update! Fire up that baby right away and a 92MB care package of new apps, functionality additions, and performance improvements should drop right away. Owners of Samsung's warmly regarded wearable shall receive three new apps – World Clock, EPSN, and News Briefing. You'll be getting even more relevant content served to you with a flick of the wrist.

Also on Samsung's tab are several watch faces, inspired by the work of renowned Italian designer Alessandro Mendini, who has been collaborating with the company on straps and other accessories for the smartwatch since its release last year. He's famous for designing the yellow tower of the Groninger Museum, among his countless design achievements.

As for the new functionality heading to the Gear S2, we get contact searching, a new screen time out session, and an unread notification indicator inside the the watch face. You can now input emoji with the on-screen keyboard, too, should you find that particularly useful.

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42 Comments

1. leotrim

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

The Best looking SamrtWarch on Market :D

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

And the only usefull and worth buying one . Only with 3+ days battery.

9. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Really? My Pebble Time and its ONE WEEK BATTERY LIFE laugh at your Gear S2. Also, the Pebble Time is the ONLY smartwatch worth buying. If I wanted a premium watch, I'd buy a Longines. If I wanted a fitness tracker, I'd buy a Fitbit. If I wanted something that I'd have to charge EVERYDAY or more, I'd buy another phone, not a non Pebble smartwatch that's trying Way too hard to be a smartphone.

14. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

the gear 2 can do everything a pebble can without looking like it came out of a happy meal for a kid

40. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol exactly.

42. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

This is a fair comment!

31. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Gear S2 over pebble anyday

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Are you really comparing a Pebble to Gear? Does it have 4G, wifi,uv, heart rate, apps, tons of faces, able to work with wireless headphones and more? No. You trying out compare a fully loaded car with a Yugo. How can you so called tech needs, be so dumb. Guess what, a GEO Metro can get 50 miles to a gallon. But barely seats 4 people, the wheels are small, it barely has a radio and it's ugly...much like the Pebble.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The ugliest by far, the most toy-like and the only one which screams that it was designed by a tech company instead of a watch maker. Even the Galaxy Gear S was cooler. It was at least unique in not trying to look like a watch. This looks like a €10 non-descript timepiece you buy from the street.

7. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is sport edition , classic edition is more regular modern timepiece.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Classic is one of the best looking. This is mid pile. But it's certainly nowhere near the ugliest.

20. French_Toast

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

she is much prettier and better than the ItoysWhatch

15. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

LMAOOOO yeah sure... design-wise the Huawei Watch simply pee on this cheap piece of plastic

19. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, they both pee on square watches. The S2 is not plastic, and in every review its stated that it's premium. And that it has the best, most intuitive UI and method of interacting with it.

21. RuneMaster

Posts: 75; Member since: May 31, 2015

Do you live in the same earth we do? It's okay if you don't like Samsung or it's Gear S2. But at least don't talk nonsense.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not about whether he likes or dislikes it. It's about his anger that it is pretty universally recognized as the most innovative smartwatch, that it's nearly unanimous that it's a better device than his chosen device. The fact that it's a Samsung drives the anger to rage.

27. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LOL the S2 body is a combination of glass and 316L stainless steel. Some people sure do speak out of their a555es

30. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's also where they're hurting.

32. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U mad bro?

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's not plastic...it's stainless steele. Stupid!

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I was half tempted to buy a Moto 360 today, but held off to review some options from other manufacturers. Ideally I would like to get something that has Android Wear, but I will admit that the gear S2 did look really nice in person. Anyone want to throw in their two cents in as anything comparable to the 360 that they would recommend over Motorola's offering?

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Am I the only one who read that flick with, f**k.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omg 3 more useless apps. So how many is there now 24? I love the looks and I love the UI. But s**t, it only got crap apps and everything is as locked as the apple watch. Samsung I don't want to use your s**t s health app......

5. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You don't have to, there's also the Nike+ running app for example..

23. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Bad and locked down as well. I want to use what ever fitness gear I want. They shouldn't tell me what to use. That is why I love endomondo, it works with a lot and syncs with even more. Endomondo in combo with myfitnesspal is a killer and leaves s health in the dust looking like a toy. I love samsung stuff, but their apple like locking down doesn't look good to me and if they try harder to lock their customers I'm gone. They made their "greatness" because of the openness of android, let's keep it that way.

8. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Shealth best app , most downloaded and loved app. Excuse Samsung for trying to push their own OS , which by the way is most optimized Watch OS on market, most battery friendly , initiative and smooth. Get jealous.

10. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Until Android Wear can work fully independently over wifi I'm just not interested

11. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's not Android Wear....

28. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Another iSleeper.... zero education.. no clue

12. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Samsung hates how it's tired to Google and has no choice but to use Android and not get a cut of any play store profits, they are trying too hard to get into their own Os game, it's too late and once a Android wear kicks off, Noone will bother looking at whatever os this thing runs.

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