Samsung rolls out its biggest software update yet for the Gear S3

Samsung has begun rolling out its Tizen 3.0 with Value Pack update for the Samsung Gear S3. This is a major update for the Samsung smartwatch with a host of new features and UI enhancements.

The Gear S3 will now work as a remote control for the Gear VR and if your smartphone is paired to a TV, you can use your Gear S3 to control your content and even display your current heart rate on the big screen with the Samsung Health Fitness Program feature.

Continous heart monitoring is now available and the health widgets have been updated for better tracking of your workout. You can also manage your weight better with its nutritional management feature. This lets you record your calories consumed and then compare it to your daily target.

Apart from checking reminders, you can also view and edit checklist and other reminders from your smartwatch. For example, if you have a shopping list, you can check the individual items directly from your wrist without needing your smartphone.

To take full advantage of its rotating bezel, the new update lets you do more depending on how fast you spin it. For example, you can change your watch face by turning the bezel at a faster speed. To expand the usage of the Gear S3 as a controller, the update also adds support for Samsung IoT-enabled device.

The Gear S3 Value Pack update is available for download via the Samsung Gear app and it’s applicable to both Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier models. To check for the update manually, you can go to the Samsung Gear App > Settings and tap on the About Gear menu. It is recommended that you charge your Gear S3 sufficiently before you start the update.

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Alexander Wong