Samsung is rolling out Tizen 4 to the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport smartwatches

Samsung is rolling out Tizen 4 to the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport smartwatches

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The rest of the world may have forgotten about smartwatches, but Samsung has not, so far. The company is treating its customers to a new software update as it has begun rolling out Tizen 4 to the Samsung Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier and Gear Sport smartwatches.

This new update comes with the version number R760XXU2DSA1/R760OXA2DSA1 for the Gear S3 and R600XXU1BSA1/R600OXA1BSA1/ for the Gear Sport, and is ~299MB in size. Notably, the software update bumps up the Tizen version on these watches to v4.0.0.2.

The official changelog of this update is as follows:

  • Samsung Health – Support various indoor workouts and back-to-back workout.
  • Samsung Health Widget – Samsung Health Widget now also supports and provides sleep stages information.
  • Advanced – Two advanced modes (Theater, Sleep) are added to keep user from disturbance during specific time and place. Modes can be toggled from quick panel.
  • Quick Panel – Newly added quick settings. Easier and faster interaction.
  • Messages – Draft messages can now be saved. Additionally, showing MMS image on notification cover view and animated messages are automatically played. Replying is now quicker and easier. Over 1,000 emojis supported.
  • Music – User can change to different music play source on Watch instead of using a Phone.
  • Setting menu – Improved categorizing of menus for better discovery of features and items.

XDA Recognized Contributor linuxct also found a few other interesting changes on the Gear Sport which are not mentioned in the official changelog:

  • Screenshots can now be taken by pressing and holding the power button and swiping the screen from left to right.
  • New Permissions Management:
    • Similar to the permissions management system present in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, when you open an app that requires Storage or Microphone permission, the user is granted a prompt to allow or deny the request, instead of instantly granting it by default.
    • Permissions can now be managed from Settings > Apps > Permissions.
  • Sliding down the Quick Settings menu is now much smoother.
  • Another really awesome feature is the ability to read not just the most recent from your messaging apps, like before, but also being able to read any previous messages in a really nice chat bubble view (3rd image in gallery above).

The update is likely rolling out in a staged manner, so it should reach all devices sooner or later.

Thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor linuxct for the tip on the Gear Sport!

Forum Thread: Tizen 4 for the Samsung Gear Sport Source for Gear S3:

Samsung Gear S3 XDA Forums Samsung Gear Sport XDA Forums