Samsung adds extra ‘Value’ to Gear S3, Gear Sport smartwatches

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Samsung has introduced a new update to its Gear S3 and Gear Sport smartwatches that will change the way you workout.

The wearable devices will now deliver convenience and versatility with the ‘Value Pack’ update that features new Galaxy Watch functions.

The update has been available in select markets since January 21 and will roll out across other regions in the near future.

It features 20 indoor workouts, allowing users to track 39 different types of exercise.

Value Pack Update

“Eight workouts are listed as a default and users are able to customise the list to display their exercises of choice,” Samsung said.

The devices can also record a series of exercises in succession, which are available to be viewed instantaneously after a workout.

“Sleep quality is just as important as its duration, and keeping tabs on both is easy,” according to Samsung.

The update is aimed to simplify sleep notifications that users receive when they wake up, allowing them to tap on ‘View Detail’ for a more detailed breakdown of their sleep time, movement states and weekly record.

The Sleep Widget is also supported, which offers a brief log of the previous night’s sleep, plus comprehensive sleep data when tapped.

Wellness Value Update

Device Navigation Update

In addition to the new ways of tracking your fitness and health, Samsung’s Quick Panel has also been improved.

The customisable Quick Panel is accessed by swiping down on the device’s screen and originally displays eight settings, modes or icons at a time.

“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,” Samsung said.

To help prevent disturbances during sleep or important events, two new advanced modes have been added to the Quick Panel selection – Goodnight Mode and Theater Mode.

“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,” states Samsung. “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.”

Navigation Value Update

Communication Experience Update

The update also includes new features for messaging and calls, with users able to save draft messages written on their device and return to them later to finish and send.

Support for Multimedia Message (MMS) is also said to have been improved, with MMS images displayed in notifications. In addition, the update supports automatic playback for animated images in a message.

To help users write up responses, previous messages in the conversation are shown to provide context with reply suggestions displayed directly below. This is claimed to help streamline the process with no need to tap again to reply.

There are now up to 1500+ emojis, across nine categories that users are able to choose from, allowing them to make messages more personal. The device will also display the nine most recently-used emojis, giving users the ability to find their favourite emojis promptly.

“For the Gear S3 only, which is equipped with the call function, the update 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,” Samsung said.

Apps Value Update

New Apps

Alongside already partnered apps including Under Armour and Smart Caddie, there are several other apps that have come on board that users are able to access via their device.

  • Strava: a social fitness network for athletes, which tracks a range of outdoor and indoor activities
  • TIDAL: allows users to access playlists and other favourite tracks
  • C25K: designed to helps users train to run 5k in eight weeks, plus tracks progress

The Gear S3 Value Pack update is available for download via the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app.

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