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Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit Update Improves All Sorts of Fitness Issues

We weren’t exactly kind to the Samsung Gear Fit in our review of it, because well, as a fitness tracker it completely failed in many of our tests over the simplest of things. But, that hasn’t kept Samsung from doing its best to try and improve the Fit, along with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Today, the company announced that a new update will begin to rollout that improves the overall experience.

Things like a more accurate pedometer, improved heart rate accuracy, and an updated sleep mode that disables the screen-wake gesture are all included. 

Here is the full list of changes:

  • Pedometer is more accurate and starts counting steps automatically
  • Higher pedometer goals
  • An easier pedometer data transfer process
  • Improved heart rate monitor accuracy
  • Updated Sleep Mode that disables the screen wake-up feature, so you can wear it while sleeping without being disturbed
  • More options for messages sent to rejected calls and the ability to create custom messages

The update’s availability begins today. When your device is ready to update, you should receive a notification on your paired Galaxy smartphone or tablet.

Via:  Samsung
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  • calculatorwatch

    Can it record your heart rate while exercising now, and actually save it?

  • Manbearpig

    my only question is does it work better with darker skinned people better? i know with me it takes a few tries to get a reading with the heart rate monitor.

  • De Nguyen

    Screen wake has already disable in sleep mode on my gear tizen update.

  • tu3218

    I could of sworn I saw you wearing the LG Lifeband in one of your phone reviews at an event. I could be wrong, but it was right around when the lifeband was released. Am I mistaken? That’s a device that is so close to being perfect but needs a software update for sure.

  • MichaelFranz

    Fuelband vs. Gear Device vs Fitbit ?? I need to know that. Is the gear worth having since I have a samsung device? but will it work with out devices other then samsung later on? Will the fuelband continue to have support as the years go on or is it a dying product? Fitbit seems like it is the go to device, but i feel like it still lacks stuff

    • Shane Redman

      Wait a few more days and add in “vs. Google Fitness”

  • Droid Ronin

    I bet @kellex:disqus is still excited about his FuelBand now having Android support. 🙂

    • Charged it back up after having shelved it for a couple of months. The app is not on-par with the iOS version. No community, no way to initiate sessions and stuff. Pretty weak effort by Nike. 🙁

      • 213ninja

        review coming? or, at least a comparison to other Android fitness competitors?