The Samsung Gear S2 is about to get a whole lot better

Smartwatches are yet to take off in a big way, but that doesn’t mean the Samsung Gear S2 isn’t an impressive wearable.

Although the Gear S2 eschews Google’s Android Wear OS in favour of Samsung’s own Tizen operating system, its sharp display, rotating bezel, and compatibility with a range of smartphones always made it stand out as a solid smartwatch offering.

And now, it seems, the Gear S2 is about to get even better, with the news that Samsung is preparing a major new update for the device.

As SamMobile reports, the update will bring a range of new features to the fold, including the ability to set photos as watch faces. No longer will you be limited to the designs Samsung already offers.

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The update also includes watch face recommendations, plus the ability to set watch faces through the Gear S2 itself, rather than through your paired smartphone.

In fact, Samsung seems to be aiming its update at ensuring you use your phone a lot less, adding the ability to install recommended apps and post exercise results to Facebook straight from the watch itself.

Elsewhere there’s improvements to the fitness-tracking features with the addition of a sleep monitor.

And Samsung has also packed in new UV index information for the weather app, a menu for managing notifications in the absence of unread notifications, and the ability to start a timer using S Voice.

SamMobile says there’s no set release date as yet but the update is expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

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