Samsung releases value pack update for Gear S3 Frontier and Classic

Improvements are coming to S Health, Reminders and more
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Samsung has released a software update for its Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic smartwatches, giving users an improved S Health platform and other apps.

The enhancements, which Samsung is tagging as a 'value pack update', are set to roll out to different regions after initially only being made available in select markets. The biggest change comes to the platform's health app, which will now sport a refreshed interface and offer new workout features.

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Users are now provided with approximate locations for detected running and walking activities, and can sync pace-setter running targets with the companion app, stay up to date with their daily heart range and access a Stretching guide that's activated after 50 minutes of inactivity.

Reminders has also been given a lick of paint, now letting users add dates for reminders that can be fed through S Voice. This joins improvements to accessibility features, a revised Settings section, an auto-calibration option for the altimeter and barometer and a stopwatch that can now hit up to three hours.

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Of course, while it's a positive sign to see Samsung continue to improve the experience for Gear S3 wearers, this comes after security vulnerabilities throughout the Tizen software surfaced last week.

Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman found 40 unknown security issues in Tizen, describing it as the "worst code" he has ever seen.

It's possible Samsung has now managed to patch up many of the lingering vulnerabilities it faced. Those wanting to get on board with the more general improvements should be able to download the value pack update through the Samsung Gear app.

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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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