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Gear S2 Update Intros New Watch Faces & Other Content

February 11, 2016 - Written By Diego Macias

Samsung’s Gear S2 lineup of smartwatches has been available for a while now, and just when the company announced new color choices for the Gear S2 Classic, they are also releasing a substantial update to show them off. The update process takes place on the Gear App and then the software is sent to the smartwatch, so users will need to update the app first in order to receive the update for the smartwatch. The new software version is reportedly identified as R720XXU2BPA4 and it weighs a little over 91 MB, so it would be commendable to download it using a Wi-Fi connection. Also, it should be noted that the watch cannot be used during this installation and some settings might be turned back to their default values. Stored files should remain intact, but the company recommends doing a backup of the most important ones just to be safe.

What you’ll be getting from this update includes the obvious performance improvements and bug fixes, but there are also new apps such as World Clock, ESPN and News Briefing. There are also new watch faces, which were the ones made in collaboration with designer and architect Alessandro Mendini. Some of the old apps also got notable improvements, for example, the Contacts app now includes a search function and there’s a new screen timeout setting under the Display section of the Settings menu. Other UI enhancements include new indicators for unread notifications right in the watch face, also, users will be alerted whenever their Bluetooth connection gets disconnected. Finally, Emojis can now be entered directly using the keyboard.

The three watches from the Galaxy Gear S2 lineup share most of their specs, the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 3G feature a futuristic look and the difference between them is obviously the connectivity options, the latter featuring cellular connectivity. The Gear S2 Classic looks more like a traditional watch, but it has the same 1.2-inch screen with 360 x 360 pixels as the other two, it is also powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz, it is based on Tizen OS and it features the rotating bezel to interact with the UI.