A new update for the Samsung’s Gear S3 and Gear Sport wearable devices offers users greater convenience and versatility.
The Value Pack update has been available in select markets since January 21 and will roll out across other regions in the near future.
The update features 20 indoor workouts, allowing the smartwatch to track 39 different types of exercise. Eight workouts are listed as a default and users are able to customize the list to display their exercises of choice. The devices can also record a series of exercises in succession and these back-to-back workouts are available to view at a glance immediately after a workout.
Sleep quality is just as important as its duration, and keeping tabs on both is easy. The update simplifies the sleep notifications that users receive when they wake up in the morning, allowing users to tap on “View Detail” for a more detailed breakdown of their sleep time, three movement states and weekly record. Sleep Widget is also supported, providing a brief log of the previous night’s sleep and offers more comprehensive sleep data when tapped.
The Quick Panel, which is accessed by swiping down on the devices’ screens, displays eight settings, modes or icons at a time, and can be customized according to user preferences. Users can now choose from even more items to display on the Quick Panel, including BT (Bluetooth) Headset and Find My Phone, facilitating more efficient device interactions.
To prevent disturbances during important events or sleep, two new advanced modes have also been added to the Quick Panel selection. Theater Mode keeps the watch silent and its screen off, muting all alerts, alarms and system sounds, ensuring users give their full attention to their surroundings. Goodnight Mode mutes all alerts – except for alarms and system sounds – and turns off Watch always on and Wake-up gesture, helping you to drift off in peace. The two modes can be controlled at the Settings.
The update also enriches communication, with new features for messaging and calls. Users are able to save draft messages written on their device and return to them later to finish and send. Support for Multimedia Message (MMS) has also been enhanced, with MMS images displayed in notifications. The update also supports automatic playback for animated images in a message or conversation. To help users craft responses, previous messages in the conversation are shown to provide context and reply options are displayed directly below, streamlining the process with no need to tap again to reply. With up to 1500+ emojis, across nine categories, users can make their messages all the more personal. The device will also display the nine most recently-used emojis, so that users can respond to messages using their favorite emojis within moments.
For the Gear S3 only, which is equipped with the call function, the update also supports in-call multitasking. This allows users to navigate away from the call screen, use other features and open other apps – all while staying on the call.
Alongside established partnerships with fitness and lifestyle applications, such as Under Armour and Smart Caddie, Samsung says that new partnerships are coming to the Gear S3 and Gear Sport. After partnering with Strava, the social fitness network for athletes, the devices now provide a standalone experience, tracking a range of outdoor and indoor activities on the wearable and syncing directly with the Strava app. Support for the TIDAL app is also offered, allowing users to access their favorite tracks and playlists, as well as explore new music, directly from their device. With the C25K – Couch to 5K app, users can also improve their stamina and track their progress. This program was designed for inexperienced runners who are just beginning to include exercise in their routine – so you can train to run 5K in just 8 weeks.
The Gear S3 Value Pack update is now available for download via the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app.