Samsung releases Tizen 3.0 update for Gear S3 smartwatch

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The Samsung Gear S3 is Samsung’s most powerful smartwatch and according to SamMobilea major update is now available.

 recently set my Gear S3 Frontier aside to focus on using the new Apple Watch Series 3 with my iPhone X, but am testing several Android phones and may be moving back to a Galaxy Note 8 in a month. The Samsung Gear Sport was recently released and it launched with Tizen 3.0 and some new functionality. This Gear S3 update brings these new features to last years watch.

According to the update pop-up that appears on your smartphone, this Gear S3 update includes the following:

  • Samsung Connect: Monitor and manage smart devices with the Gear S3.
  • Gear VR controller: Control your Gear VR from your wrist.
  • PPT controller: Control your PowerPoint presentation with your Gear S3.
  • Samsung Health: This app has been updated with support for continuous HR monitoring and multi-workout widgets.
  • Contacts and Calendar: Enter new contacts and create events right from your Gear S3.
  • Bixby reminder: Support for Bixby reminders on your watch. Bixby Voice is not yet supported on the Gear S3 though.
  • Send SOS: This feature now includes your altitude for a more precise fix of your location if you are in trouble.

There are a few more features that make the Gear S3 an even more functional and independent smartwatch. With LTE, you can use your Gear S3 as a stand-alone device for many basic needs.

As soon as I get home tonight I am charging up my Gear S3 and performing the update. It will be great to have the Gear S3 on my wrist again with all of the fantastic Strap Studio bands to match with my mood.


Samsung Pay comes to Gear S3, use your Samsung smartwatch to make payments

Samsung Pay comes to Gear S3, use your Samsung smartwatch to make payments

Samsung has today made it possible to use the Gear S3 smartwatch with Samsung Pay, the company’s alternative contactless payment method to Android Pay and Apple Pay, in the UK.

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With Samsung Pay enabled on a Gear S3, it can be used to make payments on all contactless payment terminals, including Oyster terminals across the London travel network.

To enable Samsung Pay on the Gear S3, follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure your mobile device is compatible. The Gear S3 can be used with select Samsung phones, and all other Android smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher
  • Ensure you have the latest version of the Samsung Pay app installed on your mobile device
  • Register your credit or debit card and authenticate your ID
  • Set-up a security pin

To use the Gear S3 to make a payment, hold the watch with the face facing the payment terminal.

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Samsung Pay is already available to use with select Galaxysmartphones, but this marks the first time it can be used with one of Samsung’s smartwatches. Samsung hasn’t said if and when it will make it possible to use Samsung Pay with the Gear S2 or Gear S2Classic watches.


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It was a big week for mobile device providers. Apple made the long waited announcement about its latest smartphone and first smartwatch. And Samsung, HTC and Sony also announced new devices and features. Since more and more businesses are operating on the go, this new crop of mobile devices will certainly have an impact. Read on for more stories from the Small Business Trends editorial team and be better informed for running your business in the week to come.


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People More Likely To Choose a Smartwatch Over Glasses

Sure, it seems these days that Google Glass grabs the headlines. But it turns out more people say they would be likely to choose smartwatches over glasses, when it comes to wearable tech. Perhaps more surprisingly, most said they were unlikely to choose either.

Of 417 consumers surveyed, 411 respondents answered questions about wearable technology recently posed by the tech news site

The site’s editors insist the survey is important because of the number of hardware and software developers seeking to enter the market.

The information may also be enlightening to small business owners and entrepreneurs when evaluating their future tech investment and when anticipating the kinds of devices on which others will likely be consuming their content.

Here’s how the numbers broke down.

Most Consumers May Not Use Either

Early adopters in the survey group clearly favored smartwatches over devices like Google Glass. According to the survey:

  • 39 percent said they would choose to wear technology on their wrist.
  • Only 10 percent chose smart glasses like the Google device.
  • 6 percent chose both.
  • 45 percent (the clear majority) chose neither.

In the long term, smart glasses seemed to fair only slightly better.

When asked whether they might own a smartwatch in the next 5 years, 62 percent said it was possible. Meanwhile, when asked a similar question about smart glasses, only 41 percent said they could see these devices in their future.

Even Tech Savvy Types Prefer Watches

Drilling down a bit, the survey also identified 112 out of more than 400 respondents who identified themselves as “quite” or “extremely” tech savvy, and even in this group, smartwatches were the winner.

Here, 38 percent of respondents chose the smartwatches and 17 percent the smart glasses.

What This Means to You

It’s interesting to note that, for now at least, smartwatches are still being used in conjunction with phones. So the increased popularity of smartphones and tablets may also make watches more popular as an accessory.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs may want to concentrate on the interaction between these two devices. This will help you better understand how your customers communicate and might possibly communicate as the market evolves.

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