Software update enables key Galaxy Watch Active 2 feature by default

Software update enables key Galaxy Watch Active 2 feature by default
Samsung was rather slow to commercially release its newest answer to the industry-leading Apple Watch after announcing the Galaxy Watch Active 2 almost two whole months ago, but very quick to roll out a software update now that the wearable device is finally available stateside.

While fairly small, at under 14MB, the over-the-air goodie pack brings to the table a number of important changes and improvements. Unfortunately, the two life-saving features inspired by Apple are still set to remain disabled until sometime in early 2020

Technically, the changelog is headlined by an improvement made to the accuracy of the smartwatch's battery meter, which essentially means the Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be able to display its battery level more precisely going forward. But many users are likely to find a different upgrade more convenient and important for the overall experience. Especially users familiar with Samsung's older wearables.

If you fondly remember the rotating bezel of 2018's "regular" Galaxy Watch and its Gear-branded forerunners, you probably know the first Galaxy Watch Active edition killed that handy interaction method, while the second generation marked a revival... of sorts. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 rocks a touch bezel that enables intuitive UI navigation without sacrificing any precious screen real estate.

For some reason, though, the touch bezel initially came disabled out of the box, requiring you to manually activate the feature on your handset's Galaxy Wearable app. That felt wholly unnecessary, but after you install this first software update, the touch bezel setting will be turned on by default. If you don't want to be able to switch between apps by "turning" the digital bezel both in a clockwise and counterclockwise direction, you can still switch off the feature but the assumption now is that more people will find this useful than not.

The GPS functionality on board of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also getting not one but two improvements, centered on overall performance and reliability. 

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12 Comments

2. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

Moderate me if you like, but those shout outs to Apple in the first two paragraphs are kinda why some people think that you guys might just be a tiny bit biased....

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They forgot to mention apple in the title somehow...so at least there's that...

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'm sure one the apple trolls will tell me to go to another site, but I like this one. If we say nothing, it won't help fix anything.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was a real loss here when Michael Heller left.

13. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

Totally agree. I've been warned a handful of times. The robotic like reply I've got all the time is the same. And it does lead to one believing in bias. It's becoming more of a circus and getting worse. Just my 2 cents.

3. Fialho

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

I totally agree. It could have just been a new regarding GWA2 update. But they had to take the chance to mention apple while honoring it along the way.

4. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

You got to bring the " industry leading apple creation " so ppl will always think apple is best . PhoneArena is beyond help , apple feeds them as most of tech sites . Other wise hell had to break loose when they released a big eye brow phone for 1000 dollars , yet it didn't . Apple produce some good product but that's it good nothing worth what they ask for , and tech sites should always point to the alternative so companies like apple , Samsung , Google start selling their product at reasonable price . It used to be that tech site guide consumers to the best value product now they work as ad company for major OEMs.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m absolutely loving my Active 2. Beautiful clean design, great battery life, and useful intuitive features galore. Watch out Apple Watch. This watch means business.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If I recall correctly, you didn't like the Galaxy Watch you bought at all, correct? What makes this one great, and the other terrible in your experience? I'm still using the S3 Frontier. I didn't like the design of the GW or either GWA compared to it. The killer feature I'm waiting on is accurate blood pressure monitoring.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I never said I didn't like the Galaxy Watch at all. I actually reallly like it, but it had unsolved software issues, so I sold it. Those issues were prevalent early on. The Active 2 is very well optimized, looks better, and is more comfortable and streamlined.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4256; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Loving the fact that I can get 48 hours, including sleep, out of the battery with AOD on and constant heart rate active. That should be the bare minimum for any smartwatch.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow! Even with continuous heart rate monitoring on, you still get multiple days?

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