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Samsung Gear S2 Value Pack 2 Update Hits the UK, version EPK5

Today, the Samsung Gear S2 Value Pack 2 update is being rolled out in the UK. You get Gear S3 watchfaces, bezel and S Health improvements and more.
By
Ash
 - 
Dec 20, 2016

Today, the Samsung Gear S2 Value Pack 2 update, which is currently being rolled out worldwide, is hitting S2 smartwatches in the UK. This is a major update for wearable device, bringing with it many of the new features found on the Gear S3 (full changelog further down), and is a 133.42MB download. Firmware version is R732XXU2EPK5 / R732OXA2EPK5.

Value Pack 2 brings you improvements to S Health, where it can detect different types of exercises such as Elliptical, Rowing Machine, and Dynamic workout. The User Experience Integrates more with the rotating bezel for setting alarms, timers, and accepting / rejecting calls.

 

Spotify App comes to the Samsung Gear S2

Post-update users are now also able to Install the Spotify app. Note, there are some features that are only available to premium users.

 

Samsung Gear S3 watch faces are available for Gear S2

There is also support for additional watchfaces that are available for the Gear S3, which you can now download from the Galaxy Apps Store. As part of S-Health, you can create a steps challenge between you and someone from your contacts lists - Now we have a couple of watchfaces Included that let you see the steps taken between you and said "challenger".

Check the list below of watchfaces (video below to see them hand-on):

  • Frontier (Gear S3)
  • Chronograph+
  • Activity Sparkle
  • Urban Classic
  • Gear Dashboard
  • Minimal
  • Steps Challange 1
  • Steps Challange 2
  • Active Classic
  • Heart Beat Hour
  • Step Circle
  • Blue Pop

 

Full list of what’s New

  1. Improved trackability in S Health
    • Increased activity detection: Elliptical, Rowing Machine, Dynamic workout.
    • Auto pause and resume: Running, Walking, Cycling
    • Rep count detection: Squats, Lunges, Crunches, Star Jumps
    • Pace Coaching: Running
    • Stretching guide: Inactive time alerts
  2. Improved rotating bezel interface
    • Incoming alarm, Alarm, Timer, and Schedule control
  3. New messaging options added
    • Handwriting-to-Text recognition (supports Korean, English
    • (US), Chinese)
    • Record and sent voice messages
    • Sketch picture messages
    • Greater range of emojis
  4. Improved widgets
    • Multiple contacts widget
    • Weather widget: includes life index information
    • Leaderboard and Challange
    • widgets
    • Added support for 3rd
    • Party widgets
  5. Location tracking feature
    • Added for SOS requests
  6. Supports new watchfaces
    • Watch faces from Gear S3 (Download from Galaxy Apps)
  7. Supports new applications
    • Reminder and Alti-Barometer (Download from Galaxy Apps)
  8. Supports new game applications including monster Vampire (Download from Galaxy Apps)

 

Video

Below is a video that shows you some of the new Samsung watch faces that you can look forward to and also a few other bits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8T-UPKPzgM

Thanks for the tip Andy Gray 😉

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