T-Mobile's Samsung Gear S3 is now getting the Tizen OS 3.0 update

Samsung began the roll-out of Tizen OS 3.0 update for the Gear S3 about two months ago, but then it halted it due to an issue with battery life. A few weeks later, the push out was resumed and Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches all over the world started to receive the Value Pack once again.

However, T-Mobile customers had to wait a bit more for the update to arrive on their smartwatches, something that usually happens with carrier-bound devices.

Well, apparently, the wait is finally over as T-Mobile is now pushing Tizen OS 3.0 to the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic. The update file weighs in at around 265MB and brings a lot of new features and improvements. You can find below some of the most important ones as listed by Samsung:

  • Optimized UI with new functionalities for the rotating bezel.
  • Nutrition management feature. Add calorie intake and compare calorie balance with your daily goal.
  • Watch only mode – turns Gear S3 into a regular watch that shows the time only. Can increase battery life by up to 40 days.
  • Multi-workouts widget allows for quick access to different workouts.
  • Apps shortcuts widget allows for quick access to up to 4 different apps.
  • Improved accuracy of heart rate monitoring.
  • Samsung Connect – monitor and manage smart (IoT) devices straight from the Gear S3 (additional app download required).
  • Gear VR controller – allows control of Gear VR with the Gear S3 (additional app download required).
  • Support for Bixby Reminder. Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 owners can get reminders on the Gear S3.
  • Ringtone – set music saved on the Gear S3 as your ringtone.

If you've purchased your Gear S3 smartwatch from T-Mobile, you can go ahead and check if the update is available by heading to About Gear / Update Gear.

source: TmoNews



1. ph00ny

Posts: 2079; Member since: May 26, 2011

I got the update on my ATT Frontier last week and it feels like the battery life is better than before

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1869; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

That's good to hear. Battery life on my tmo S3 is already good but I'll take that improvement every time.

3. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

This watch came out in 2016 ,and somehow it's still the best smartwatch. Can't wait for a gear s4

4. seanrs301

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2018

So what about the Gear S3 with Verizon?? I haven't heard or found any information about the update for Verizon's version. I check my Verizon Gear S3 for an update everyday. I guess since it took Verizon over a year before it finally started selling the Gear S3 I guess the Gear S4 will be released by the time Verizon finally updates their Gear S3 variant. Smdh. Gotta love Verizon when it comes to software updates.

5. mentalerror

Posts: 16; Member since: May 19, 2016

just received the update last week and the battery life is worse for me..i usually get 2 and a half day of battery life and now just barely 2 days

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