The Samsung Gear S3 has got a new update – but UK owners will not be missing out
The update boasts new support for Google’s recently-announced ‘Find My Device’ platform – helpful if you lose your smartwatch down the sofa.
It also has compatibility for Spotify, Gear for Nest, BMW Connected, an auto-refresh option for the alti-barometer and a three-hour max limit for the stopwatch.
However, if this all sounds familiar – there may be a good reason for that.
These new features for Samsung Gear S3 owners in America match what British and Germany users were given in a MARCH update – two months ago.
That European update also improved native apps such as Samsung Health, S Voice and News Briefing.
Other features such as dark screen, greyscale, screen reader, and negative colours were also added to the accessibility option.
The update, firmware version R770XXU2BQC5 and R760XXU2BQC5, weighed in at 129.62 MB.
Samsung have begun rolling out the Samsung Gear S3 version 188.8.131.52 update in the US Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch – In Pictures Tue, August 30, 2016
SAMSUNG has revealed it's new Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatches at the IFA consumer technology show, in Berlin.
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Samsung's new Gear S3 Classic and Frontier smartwatch
For Gear S3 users across the pond, AT&T have begun rolling out the update.
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To install it, users have to open up the Gear application, navigate to the Settings section, tap ‘About Gear’, then press ‘Update Gear Software’ and then press ‘Download Updates Manually’.
Some other changes that come with the US release are:
• iOS UX enhancements and bug fixes
• An auto-switch feature that connects the device, such as a Samsung Galaxy S8, to your phone
• NYC Transit offering real-time New York City public transit information
Samsung Gear S3 owners in Britain and Germany got the same update in March
In other Samsung Gear news, it recently emerged that the Gear S3 could be followed up by a smartwatch that has the display built into the strap.
The patent, picked up Russian website 3Dnews.ru, was filed last November but has only been published in the last month.
It also outlines plans to reintroduce a camera – but this time it would be built into the display, according to Android Authority.
The patent shows the camera lens appearing in the centre of a display and would include an optical zoom that could protrude from the device.
It is believed that the zoom would be controlled via the crown of the bezel.