Samsung Gear Sport gets a small but important software update

Samsung Gear Sport gets a small but important software update
Samsung claims the Gear Sport's battery can “go nonstop for days on a single charge,” but we know the main issue with smartwatches is that they barely last 1-3 days, let alone one week or more. Even though manufacturers are trying to further improve battery life through software updates, there's only so much they can do.

Samsung has been quite generous when it comes to smartwatch software updates, but it's up to each and everyone to rate the company's achievements. Speaking of software updates, if you own a Gear Sport smartwatch, you'll be pleased to know Samsung has just released a small update that brings some under the hood improvements.

The update weighs in at 16MB, so it's definitely not a large download. It brings device security improvements and some changes to the battery charging algorithm. It's a bit unclear what exactly the update does to the battery, but it might charge faster than before.

As far as the security changes go, there's really nothing to add here since Samsung hasn't provided any other details in the official changelog, so let's just leave it at that.

source: SamMobile

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11 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Received it Saturday on my gear s3 and battery life improved immensely with a drop of only 15% in 20 hours. Had a full 48 hour battery life previously so will be interesting to see if this has improved even further.

3. ZeroSlack_Jack

Posts: 35; Member since: May 02, 2017

"the main issue with smartwatches is that they barely last 1-3 days, let alone one week or more" Clearly, you've never come across an Amazfit Bip. 30 days. Yes, THIRTY days!!! And it's not even a tracker, proper Smartwatch way cheaper than what Samsung or Apple has on offer.

7. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

"proper"? You can't even reply to texts through that watch. On a more personal note it looks kiddish like an Apple watch or the vtech kidizoom smartwatch dx, for children. A decent tracker it may be, maybe. A proper smartwatch it's not.

11. ZeroSlack_Jack

Posts: 35; Member since: May 02, 2017

Waat. Who the hell even uses a watch to reply to messages??? A watch is meant to track your vitals and alert you about notifications. Anyone who uses a keyboard on a watch is clearly insane. Looks kiddish? (Don't they all?) Smartphone on a wrist is different from a proper smartwatch.

12. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

lol Q&A time "Who the hell even uses a watch to reply to messages???" - I do "A watch is meant to track your vitals and alert you about notifications." - Cool, glad my S3 Frontier does all that. Why would you want to get a notification on your smartwatch and then close that out then pull your phone out to finish the reply to said notification? Clearly insane. "Anyone who uses a keyboard on a watch is clearly insane." - I didn't mention a keyboard, but if you mean the T9 on the S3 I've used it once or twice, I didn't feel insane. It's all about writing with your finger or my favorite, voice text. "Looks kiddish? (Don't they all?)" - No they don't. Look around some. "Smartphone on a wrist is different from a proper smartwatch." - Not sure why you brought this up but yes, yes it is. That's why I have a "proper smartwatch" on my wrist and didn't strap my smartphone to it. What you want sounds like a smart pedometer maybe, not a smartwatch. That concludes our interview with ZeroBrain_Jack.

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