Samsung has just updated the Samsung Gear Manager app in order to add support for the new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. The update also brings with it a refreshed UI (User Interface), adding new features that existing Gear owners can enjoy.
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The Samsung Gear S3 is already available on pre-order in the UK and this companion app (v.2.16101261) can be downloaded from either the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. It is available to smartphones that run on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean and up.
The Gear Manager app has a new design and feel that is inline with Samsung’s Grace UX. The app is split into two tabs, the first of with is labeled ‘Info’. This primary tab shows information on updates, storage and RAM, suggested apps and suggested watch faces.
Possibly the most useful addition however, is the new battery manager, that shows the individual battery usage for different apps, since the last recharge. This means that if you fall well short of the Gear S3’s four days usage times, then you can investigate the apps to find the culprit.
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The secondary tab is labeled ‘Settings’ and this is very similar to the ‘Settings’ tab used on the previous version of the Samsung Gear Manager app. Certain things have been moved around and there has been a better use of white space and new icons, which gives it a cleaner overall look.
To use the Gear S3, the Samsung Gear Manager app needs to be downloaded onto your smartphone first and it then can be paired with a Gear smartwatch using Bluetooth. The app gives complete management over notifications, allows you to send music tracks and photos to the Gear, set up quick message responses and call decline messages, set up social sharing and is used for the installing/uninstalling of apps and watch faces.
The Samsung Gear S3 has premium watch aesthetics and is supplied in two versions named classic and frontier.
The twisting bezel takes care of many actions such as answering a call, turning off the alarm, adjusting the volume or reading a message. The built-in speaker can be used for taking phone calls (Bluetooth model requires a Wi-Fi connection and call app).
GPS is on hand for exploring and navigation, so when you hit the golf course you can check the distance you have covered and which trail you need to take. This is all presented on a 1.3” display, that is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, and has a full colour palette to work with, along with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels.
The two models, frontier and classic, weigh 63g and 59g respectively. The experience is powered by the Tizen Based Wearable OS and an Exynos 7270 dual 1GHz processor.
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As previously mentioned, you should be able to get around four days use from the Gear S3 and this is provided by a 380mAh battery. The Gear S3 is also dust and water resistant with IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certification.
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Written by: Michael Brown