Samsung Gear S3 software update brings bucketloads of new features for users in the US

The Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S3 is already available in the United States in both versions: frontier and classic. The smartwatch already offers a full array of great features, but Samsung is now rolling out a new update that brings more improvements to the Gear S3 in the US.

The changelog of the newest software update for the Samsung Gear S3 looks intimidating (in a good way). Aside from many of the new features, the update adds a couple of new Partner Apps will be available for download in Galaxy Apps Store.

Spotify, BMW Connected, Gear for Nest, Facer, and NYC Transit apps are now available for Samsung Gear S3 users in the US via Galaxy Apps Store.

Among the new features added in the update, Samsung mentions Find My Device, which will display user's contact info on the Gear S3 smartwatch if it gets lost. After the update, users will be able to add new Date and Music complications to selected watch faces.

An altitude auto refresh feature to the alti-barometer will be added as well, along with the option to add a date and time when creating a Reminder with S Voice. The Samsung Health app has been improved with a customizable pace-coaching feature and HR Zone information for Running.

Furthermore, a TTS option is now available in the Input menu. The News Briefing app received some improvements to the UI, while iOS support has been enhanced with UX tweaks and bug fixes such as S Voice recognition rate, connection stability and music transfer from PC.

Many accessibility new features have been added to Direct access menu, including a screen reader, accessibility, dark screen, greyscale, and negative colors. Lastly, there's a new Auto Switch feature available, which automatically connects the Gear S3 to the paired smartphone.

Samsung Gear S3 owners should look for a new Tizen OS update with build number, which contains all the improvements and new features mentioned above.

source: TizenExperts



1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Nice. I've been wanting a Gear S3 for the longest. They are definitely on the right track with the Gear line of devices.

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um what? I've had the spotify app on my device prior to the update? How does this change things?

3. nikhil23

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

If they are talking about value pack update, Samsung said it released in major markets on april 7th. Although I'm still waiting on that update. Spotify, bmw and other updates that are mentioned in above article are available from past 3 months.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just installed it, very nice update. Hope it's stable, and bug free.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

Are you seeing any changes on your gear s3? I'm not seeing much difference on mine other than direct tv app that at&t version of frontier installed with the update

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I notice it's a little snappier around the OS. The S-Voice thing works, and the complications work well. Mine is AT&T also.

7. JannyMaha

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2017

Just had a power outage. A flashlight app would've been neat to have.

8. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

can I download my spotify playlists directly to the watch as yet and leave my phone at home? if not, it's still not worth my $300

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