Galaxy Gear update brings advanced notifications and improved battery life


The Galaxy Gear is becoming a better smartwatch today thanks to a new update that is rolling out for it in the US. Carrying build number MK7, the update brings along advanced notifications on the Gear – users can now receive notifications for any app they’ve installed on their phone, and the watch will display the full content of those notifications. This is a neat new feature that users will like, as there will be even lesser need for them to pick up their paired phone for each and every notification that comes in.

The update is also supposed to fix one of the Gear’s most glaring faults – according to the changelog, the battery life has been improved, and while real-life results post update are yet to be seen, even a couple of hours of increased battery life would be welcome. The update also brings faster performance across the entire watch, faster S Voice functionality, and improved range and connection that should keep the watch connected for longer distances between it and the handset it is paired to.

The update is currently rolling out over the air, though according to Android Central, some users might have to use a PC and Samsung’s Kies program to update if they receive an error saying “The maximum number of roll-outs has been exceeded” while trying to update via the watch itself. Users will also need the latest version of the Gear Manager app on the phone, which will be needed to set which apps send a notification to the watch.