The four-year-old Samsung Gear S2 just got a surprise update

Battery life and security improvements are on the menu
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You can't accuse Samsung of neglecting older watches, as it's emerged the four-year-old Gear S2 smartwatch is in line for a new firmware update.

It's been a couple of years since the model last received any attention, though, as spotted by Sammobile, the watch's latest software rollout will see battery life and security improvements.

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It's not entirely clear how far the new update will stretch, or whether it's limited to devices in certain territories, but users will be able to download it from the Galaxy Wearable app. From the app, simply head to 'Watch Software' before tapping 'Download and install'.

We're yet to see the 6.79MB file pop up in our app at the time of writing, but there are a couple of reports to suggest that the update will also bring the interface of the Galaxy Watch Active 2, the company's latest smartwatch.

Of course, it's a bit of a surprise move by Samsung, particularly when it's on the cusp of potentially launching another flagship of its smartwatch, the rumored Galaxy Watch 2.

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However, you can't knock the continued support for older models. And considering the Gear S2 launched in October 2015, anybody who hasn't retired the watch to their bedside table's draw will no doubt be grateful for the added battery boost.

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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