There is a time when OEMs officially stop updating their old smartphone, watch, tablet, or other devices whose software is updated. But developers create unofficial ports to provide the latest features to the users and this is what happens with the ages-old Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.
Samsung Gear S3 is a Tizen-based smartwatch that was introduced in 2016. And now, developers have managed to bring Google’s Android smartwatch operating system – Wear OS 2 to this device (via XDA Developers).
It’s impressive to see how the modding community breathes new life into ancient hardware. This is no minor accomplishment considering how underpowered the device is compared to the smartwatches we’re using in this generation.
After booting Wear OS on the smartwatch, a lot of functionalities are working fine. Most sensors and even the heart rate monitor are functional on this years-old device. However, there are some bugs and known issues, but these are very few when considering that this is the first build.
Further, the Wear OS port is installed on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier’s global non-LTE edition, you can identify it through model number SM-R760. However, the ‘Classic non-LTE variant (model number SM-R770) is also theoretically compatible with the new changes.
If you still use the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch or have it, do try the Wear OS 2 on your device and let us know your experience through the comments section.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series gets new update in September 2023
September 2023 is going on and Samsung has started releasing a new update for Galaxy Watch 6 and Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in India. This update brings the June 2023 security patch to improve system security.
The latest software improves system stability and reliability to provide a better performance and bug-free experience. However, the official changelog nowhere mentions that the update brings any features with the smartwatches.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 series users can identify the September 2023 update in India with the ending version AWI1. It carries an updated package size of 171.38MB.
Users can download this update through the Galaxy wearable app on a connected Android phone and navigate to Watch settings >> Watch software update >> Download and install. If an update is available, tap the Update now option, and on the Watch software update’ screen, tap Install now.
— Samsung Software Updates (@SamsungSWUpdate) September 26, 2023
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Revolutionizes Running with University of Michigan Partnership
Thanks to Samsung’s research partnership, the Galaxy Watch 6 revolutionizes running with the University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative. This collaboration is launched to help runners manage their health and physical activity by providing more reliable and accurate data.
The Michigan Performance Research Laboratory (MiPR) — ESSI’s core research lab — will oversee an eight-month study that uses the Galaxy Watch series to estimate the VO2 max and sweat loss of participants as they run.
The study will compare reference data against smartwatch data from both indoor (treadmill) and outdoor running trials of different distances, from 2.5km to 20km.
Runners at all levels grapple with sweat loss, dehydration and heat management, particularly during the summer months. Samsung and University of Michigan teams hope the study’s findings will further enhance smartwatch technology, giving runners more accurate measurements of their health metrics.
Galaxy Watch 6
Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch 6 and Watch 6 Classic feature personalized fitness coaching, advanced sleep management, and health monitoring. For runners, the new Personalized Heart Rate Zone feature provides five optimal running intensity levels based on individual physical capabilities.
Additionally, Track Run helps runners record their runs while on a running track. During a run, Galaxy Watch provides in-depth analysis including asymmetry, regularity, and ground contact time to help improve performance and reduce injury.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE Leak: 12mm AKG tuned speaker, price ~ $100
Samsung has a range of Fan Edition devices in the pipeline, which could be released soon. The company will launch a new FE smartphone, tablets, and earbuds in the near future. A new leak talks about color variants, pricing, and speaker specifications of the Galaxy Buds FE.
A reliable industry source revealed that the Galaxy Buds FE could be available in Graphite/White color options. It features 12mm speakers tuned by AKG, similar to other Samsung earbuds. Additionally, the source mentioned that the earbuds may cost $99.99 (MSRP).
The South Korean tech giant is expected to launch the Galaxy S23 FE and Galaxy Tab S9 FE series alongside the Galaxy Buds FE later this year. It appears to be a new strategy of debuting affordable variants of previously released flagship products.
Samsung Galaxy Buds FE:
graphite or white
12mm AKG tuned speaker
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) September 15, 2023