Samsung is preparing to release a major software update for its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch, According to a report from SamMobile.
The Samsung-focused website was able to obtain screenshots of the updated operating system in action.
The most notable change, according to SamMobile, is that Gear S2 owners will no longer need to use their smartphone and the accompanying Samsung Gear app to download and install recommended app to their smartwatch; instead, a new interface element allows those users to do that directly from their smartwatch.
The screenshots also show that Samsung has revamped several of the Gear S2’s pre-installed apps. The updated version of the S2’s weather app, for instance, will include information of the current UV index, while the clock app will change its appearance based on whether the sun is up. One of the other screenshots obtained by SamMobile indicates tapping on the will lead to a second screen that will display information on when the sun and will rise and set.
Beyond interface changes, Samsung is also reportedly working to enhance S Voice’s capabilities. Moving forward, users will be able to start a timer while using the feature. New first-party apps, including phone, messages and contacts ones, are also expected to launch alongside the update. Last but not least, it seems, much like Android Wear, users will soon be able to use a photo of their face as a watch face.
With Samsung set to announce the Note 7 on August 2nd, the company may devote some time during its presentation to talk about the improvements it’s bringing to the Gear S2.