Samsung rolling out a battery-improving update to the Gear S2

by: Jimmy WestenbergDecember 29, 2015
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The Samsung Gear S2 may not be at the same level as the Pebble Time when it comes to the battery department, but perhaps the Tizen-powered wearable will inch closer to the 7-day mark after its latest update. Samsung is now pushing out a small update to the Gear S2 that brings with it battery life optimizations. The software update comes in at version R730TUVU1AOL3 and weighs only 4.85MB. Battery life optimizations are the only thing present in the changelog.

In our full review, we told you that the Samsung Gear S2 was quite impressive in terms of battery life. It only has a 250mAh cell on board, but that doesn’t stop the watch from lasting as long as two full days on a single charge in certain circumstances. Prior to this update, you’d need to turn off ambient mode and turn down the brightness on the watch to reach 48 hours of use. We’re hoping to see this number grow after we receive the new update on our unit. It’s still probably in your best interest to charge your Gear S2 every night on the handy wireless charging dock. If you forget, though, it’s entirely possible to make the battery last for a second day.

Still, that’s not bad considering the Android Wear competition. Some of the latest Wear devices on the market have trouble reaching two days of use on a single charge, which we hope will be improved when the next wave of smartwatches comes out in the new year.

Have you received this battery-improving update on your Gear S2? If so, be sure to tell us what you think, and if you’re seeing any changes!

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  • AJ75

    Don’t care how long the battery lasts. I’m returning the S2 Classic I got for Christmas. Tizen is awful and barren. You can’t use the apps you normally use on your phone because they don’t exist on Tizen. Makes any integration with your phone minimal. S-voice is mostly worthless, while Google Now on Android Wear is robust and useful. Tizen absolutely ruins what would be an amazing device otherwise.

    • stfu

      Hopefully that wasn’t given as a gift. Otherwise you’d be a massive prick.

      • AJ75

        Not a prick. I want to actually USE the thing they spent a lot of money on, not throw it in the corner never to be seen, or sell it behind their backs. Otherwise I’m just letting $400 go to waste since the s2 would never get any use from me.

        • Wasted Time

          What a waste of time reading these stupid posts that have 0 info about the update. Get a life

          • AJ75

            More than the time wasted making your useless post? At least I was commenting on the functionality of the watch being discussed. The update hadn’t arrived yet when I still had the watch, and my comment was that battery life couldn’t save it.

    • Phillip

      Hope you get a fuck in rock next year you ungrateful ass

      • AJ75

        How an I ungrateful? The person who bought it doesn’t know a lot about this kind of thing. In fact, I didn’t realize how shitty Tizen was going to be until I tried using it for a couple days. Spoke to the person who gave it to me, we went together to return it. Now I’m getting the Huawei watch, which I’ll actually be happy with. The alternative would’ve been to turn around and sell the s2 Classic and buy the Huawei on my own, behind their backs because I’m not about to use the S2 since Tizen has 4 apps and 3 of them are flashlights.

        • Phillip

          That’s funny cause I own both android and two Sammy watches s2 and a gear S my android watch is the gear live . I see no. Advantage over the gear s2 who’s ui is so much more intuitive and as far as apps are concerned I have at least 30 apps on my gear s2 and none are a flashlight. Hey you don’t like Sammy products that your business …but keep it real your assessment of the gear s2 is BS just like this made up store haters gonna hate

          • AJ75

            Actually most people world consider me a Samsung loyalist. My TV, Soundbar and every phone I’ve owned since 2000 is /has been a Samsung. I currently have a Note 4. My honest assessment is that there are nearly no apps on the app store for Tizen and the ones that are there have to replace the apps I use as default in my phone, because my phone is android. I wanted to like the S2 classic. I really like the design and the rotating bezel is great. I lost all interest in the watch when I managed to go through the “ALL” tab on the app store twice in a couple minutes with 75% being paid watch faces that there are better versions of on android wear. I love Samsung and wanted to love this watch, but they ruined it with Tizen. Anyone saying otherwise is a Samsung apologist and isn’t being honest in their review. 30 apps is the BS story. There’s no way, unless you literally just install EVERY app available regardless of whether it’s something you would use.

  • Timothy Rhodes

    I got the update. Haven’t noticed any difference though.

  • JustinSwapp

    How do you get the update? I’ve checked mine, and it says its up to date (but I have an older version #)

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t been able to update either, the gear app says it’s up to date. Must be a bug?

  • sammy

    Watch doesn’t charge for me since the update :/