Samsung Gear S2 update adds new watch faces and unread notifications indicator

Rob Attrell

February 12, 2016 12:10pm

Smartwatches have far less staying power than most mechanical watches, given the technology powering the new wearable devices will likely become obsolete in a year or two. One advantage smartwatches have over the traditional watch, however, is the ability for manufacturers to push out updates that increase functionality and improve the product after purchase.

Today, a new update to Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear S2 is rolling out, giving the smartwatch several additional watch faces, new News and Clock apps, as well as an app from ESPN, and a number of other new features.

The S2’s watch face will now displays an indicator for unread notifications, contact search has been enabled, and a new settings screen allows users to set the screen timeout time. Finally, the keyboard on the Gear S2 now supports emoji input, in case typing words proves too time-consuming.

This particular update is rolling out now over-the-air, weighing in at 92 MB.

Related reading: Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch review