Samsung introduced its revamped One UI interface in November. The company claims the new design is more intuitive and requires less finger movement on large screens. In addition, it brings a dark mode for stock apps and system elements, which looks sleek and saves battery on OLED displays.
Since then, almost all Samsung-branded software has been updated to reflect the new theme, but the Galaxy Wearable app seemed to have been left aside, despite the release of a new version mid-February (APK Mirror). The company appears to be fixing this with the rollout of an update that gives it One UI's new looks.
Samsung has stuck with wearables over the years, starting with its own Android-based Gear watches, then moving to Android Wear, then finally to a Tizen-based wearable platform. This has given Samsung the freedom to pursue a number of form factors like the "Fit" smart bands. The third iteration of Samsung's Fit device has been leaked, which is confusingly named "Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro." It packs improved water-resistance, offline Spotify, and a few other enhancements for athletic types.
Samsung's Gear Fit 2 is due to launch on June 10, and right on cue, Amazon and other retailers have the wearable up for pre-order, priced at $179.99 and available in three different colors - black, blue, and pink. Samsung previously announced the sequel to the original Gear Fit on June 3, alongside the wireless Gear IconX Earbuds.
The Gear Fit 2 uses a curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display for showing fitness information, such as step count or heart rate. It also allows checking and responding to text message notifications, and a GPS sensor is built in, as you might expect with a high-end fitness wearable.
Samsung's Gear Fit, the smaller, sleeker alternative to the company's other smartwatches, is probably the most interesting of the second generation Gears. If you've been coveting one, now would be the time to buy it: Amazon has it for just $99.99. That's a full 50% off the $200 retail price, and notably below alternatives like the Pebble smartwatch and the new Android Gear watches. As usual, Amazon Prime users in the United States can add free two-day shipping to the deal.
Seeing such a steep discount on the Gear Fit so quickly is strange; it's been just short of three months since the device was released.
Samsung is sending an update out to all the owners of its new wearables in the US. Surely there are some of them, right? So yes, that Gear 2, Gear2 Neo, or Gear Fit on your wrist is about to get slightly better. I mean, it's still a Gear, but you know.
The Gear Fit has its share of problems, but it's still easily the best of Samsung's wearable watch-style devices so far. And one of the best reasons for picking one up over the larger and technically more capable Gear 2 models is the lower price. Now Amazon has given Samsung smartphone owners even more reason to lay their money down: a considerable discount on the Gear Fit.
Right now Amazon's price on the Gear Fit is $168.84, just a tad over $30 off the $200 retail price. This doesn't appear to be a sale or promotion (though it could be for Father's Day Weekend), so we'll assume for the moment that Amazon has simply lowered its price.
Smartphones are probably some of the most personal devices on the planet. They hold our contacts. Our family photos. Our, um, personal photos. Text messages. Private conversations. Many of a person's secrets could probably be uncovered with a little exploration of their smartphone. So, what's the best way to keep things safe on your smartphone? With a little security, of course.
Android offers a few of its own solutions to keeping your private data private, like a customizable unlock pattern, password, or PIN code on the lockscreen. If someone were to get past that, however, it's open season – all your data is just there for the taking.
Samsung started over when it designed its new line of second-generation Gear devices, dropping the Galaxy branding and Android along with it, opting instead to power these new smartwatches with Tizen. The result, Gear OS, feels almost exactly like the Android-derived software we saw on last year's device. According to Samsung, the difference is mainly one of performance: the new Gears get much better battery life than their Android-powered predecessor.
I've got a Gear 2 Fit review unit here, and I have to say, that curved OLED display is downright striking. This may be the most fashionable... thing Samsung's ever produced. How useful is it? Well, you'll have to wait for our review on that one.
The Gears seem almost destined to let down hardcore Android users, though, because just as Samsung was gearing up to launch its new smartwatches, Google went and announced Android Wear.
We've all known the details surrounding the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone for several weeks, but now's the time to start getting our grubby fingers on one. Today Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries across the globe, including areas in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.
To sweeten the purchase, Samsung is including an exclusive copy of FIFA 14 with the device and the chance to compete (in-game) against the Galaxy 11 team. Some shoppers will view this as a goal, whereas others will shrug this off as more unwanted bloat.