Samsung Gear S3 Stories June 10, 2020

[Update: US rollout] Latest update for Samsung Gear S3, Gear Sport adds Bixby, more features

The latest update for the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport is now removing the soon-to-be-discontinued S Voice in favor of Bixby, while both smartwatches also gain a flurry of Galaxy Watch Active 2 features to boot.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories April 11, 2020

Voice assistants have been around for quite some time now, but they’ve not always been very good. Samsung’s S Voice was the company’s first attempt to rival the likes of Google Now and Siri, and it was a hot mess. Now, Samsung is finally pulling the plug on S Voice in June.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 20, 2019

One UI update rolling out for Samsung Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, Gear Sport now

Samsung’s skinned version of Android Pie, called One UI is quite the overhaul of previous versions of what people sometimes wrongly refer to as TouchWiz. The latest version of One UI is now rolling out to the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and the Gear Sport.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories January 21, 2019

Samsung Gear S3, Gear Sport update includes Health, UI, app, and other improvments

Despite having newer hardware available, Samsung hasn’t given up support on its Gear S3 family. Today, a new update is rolling out to the Gear S3 and the Gear Sport with a substantial number of app and interface improvements.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories October 18, 2018

Samsung Gear S3 battery drain bug returns for some users

Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatches have been among the best you can get for the past couple of years, and they hold up well over time, too. However, a previous bug which caused severe battery drain is apparently rearing its ugly head again for some users…

Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 9, 2018

Samsung’s Gear wearables are honestly some of the best available for Android devices, regardless of what smartphone you’re using. However, Samsung seems to be running into an issue with Android Pie, and none of those devices are working with the latest release yet.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories July 23, 2018

Samsung Gear S3 update aims to fix charging and overheating issues

While Samsung’s Galaxy Watch is right around the corner, the company isn’t one to give up on older smartwatches. This week, a new update is starting to roll out to Gear S3 owners to fix a couple of charging issues.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 31, 2018

Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch is still by far my favorite smartwatch option on the market today, and a huge part of that boils down to the unique hardware. Samsung has built the Tizen software experience on this device around the rotating bezels, but there have been some glaring omissions. Now, the company is finally fixing one of those.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories April 6, 2018

Samsung Gear S3 update promises improved battery life and Bluetooth connections

Samsung’s Gear S3 is my favorite smartwatch for Android devices right now, but last year an update hurt one of its best aspects — the battery life. Further updates fixed that to an extent, but now a new update promises to improve things further.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories December 19, 2017

Samsung fixing Gear S3 battery life issues in latest update, rolling out now [Update]

Samsung’s Gear S3 is easily one of my favorite smartwatches on the market today, but it hasn’t been immune to issues. In a previous update, Samsung seriously hurt the battery life on the Gear S3, but now, the company is taking steps to fix that.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories December 4, 2017

Samsung Gear S3 owners reporting poor battery life following latest update

The Samsung Gear S3 is easily my favorite smartwatch on the market, but it’s not perfect. Recently, an update went out to add some new functionality, but it seems to have taken a serious hit on the battery life.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories November 20, 2017

While Android Wear 2.0 continues to be a mess, Samsung’s Tizen UI on the Gear family of smartwatches continues to impress, and it’s what gets strapped to my wrist every day. Now, Samsung is releasing a new update for the Gear S3 Frontier/Classic to give those a few new enhancements.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 7, 2017

Samsung still hasn’t fixed an error with voice input actions for Gear S3 owners

Even months after its initial release, Samsung’s Gear S3 is still one of the best smartwatches that you can buy. The watch offers great hardware, a huge feature set, and useful additions like Samsung Pay with support for MST and NFC transactions. Unfortunately, it looks like owners of the Gear S3 are currently experiencing an issue when trying to use voice inputs on the wearable.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 2, 2017

If you take a look at the smartwatch market right now, the current design trend seems to be in favor of large, bulky bodies. That’s fine if you like the look of larger watches and have bigger wrists, but for a lot of folks, this is a trend that’s already overstayed its welcome.

Now, it looks like Samsung is working on a new wearable, but rather than release another meatball of a watch in the form of a Gear S4, the company may be doing something a bit different…

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories July 28, 2017

Samsung Gear S3 TUMI Edition brings a canvas band and a higher price

Samsung’s Gear S3 is arguably one of the best smartwatches you can pick up today, and now, Samsung is introducing a brand new variant. Developed in collaboration with TUMI, this new model of the Gear S3 Frontier offers up a new, unique band and more.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories June 20, 2017

Spotify is bringing an offline playback option to its Samsung Gear S3, S2 app

Spotify is my music service of choice and I was ecstatic when I learned that it was coming to the Gear S3 last year. However, the app lacked one major feature: standalone playback. It now appears that Samsung is going to add that functionality after all with an early rollout currently underway.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories June 9, 2017

Samsung’s Gear S3 Frontier and Classic are now available from Verizon Wireless

Android Wear is a powerful platform for smartwatches, but I, along with a lot of others apparently, have recently moved to Samsung’s Tizen on the Gear S3 family — and it’s fantastic. The combination of hardware and software on these devices is excellent, and starting today, Verizon Wireless customers can finally join the club.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 24, 2017

Tizen update brings new apps, features and more to the Gear S3

Samsung’s Gear S3 sits upon my wrist day-to-day, and it seems I’m not the only one who’s fallen in love with it, as Samsung’s Tizen OS recently surpassed Android Wear. Now, Samsung is bringing some new features to owners of its Tizen-powered wearables.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 23, 2017

Samsung Gear S3 Classic w/ LTE coming to AT&T starting May 26th

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier was one of my favorite smartwatches ever, and recently, I decided to move over to its brother, the Gear S3 Classic. Just like the Frontier, it’s an excellent smartwatch, but its biggest disadvantage at launch was the lack of an LTE option. Now, Samsung is bringing that to AT&T.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 20, 2017

The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch on the planet, but I don’t use an iPhone, nor do I actually want an Apple Watch. Personally, I use a Gear S3 Classic on the day-to-day (previously a Gear S3 Frontier), and I love it. However, there is one thing I’ve wanted from the Apple Watch, one of its bands, specifically, the “Leather Loop.” Now, I’ve finally found one.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 11, 2017

Today a new report came out that showed that as of Q1 of 2017, Samsung’s Tizen OS now has a larger market share than Google’s Android Wear. Although Tizen is still well below Apple’s 57% market share with watchOS, it does show that a majority of Android users who want to a smartwatch are turning to Samsung. Do you think this amount of popularity will eventually get people to try out other Tizen-powered products?

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories May 1, 2017

Samsung’s Gear S3 gets a permanent price cut to $299 from $349 [Updated]

As much as I love Google’s ecosystem, Android Wear just isn’t for me anymore. I first tried out the Samsung Gear S3 late last year, and since then, it’s been my favorite smartwatch by a long shot. Its price of $349 isn’t unreasonable if you ask me, but now, Samsung is cutting that price down, making it an even better value.

Samsung Gear S3 Stories March 23, 2017

Samsung will soon offer LTE version of the Gear S3 Classic

Late last year we reviewed the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, and to this day it remains one of our favorite wearables. However, the style of that variant isn’t exactly for everyone. Instead, some may prefer the classier look of the Gear S3 Classic. Now, that option is available in both Wi-Fi and LTE variants…

Samsung Gear S3 Stories December 30, 2016

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We once looked on wearables as the future, but now that they’re actually here, we haven’t been quite as enthused. Things started off well with various smartwatches from a variety of OEMs, but one-by-one those companies are either pulling out of the smartwatch market temporarily, shifting focus to other platforms or form factors, or closing their doors entirely. However, there is still hope.

We’ve long recommended Google’s Android Wear as one of the best wearable platforms, but sometimes it’s easy to forget it’s not the only one, nor is it for everyone. I’m here to tell you that Samsung’s Tizen has quietly grown into a fantastic option. Last year we saw it make a splash with the unique Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, but this year, we have the Gear S3 and, spoiler alert, it’s fantastic…

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories December 19, 2016

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Samsung’s lineup of Tizen wearables are shockingly great devices, but the biggest downside to both the Gear S2 and the newer Gear S3 (review coming soon), is the lack of app support. Today, Tizen’s app store grows with the welcome and long-awaited addition of Spotify.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories December 13, 2016

Facer updated to 3.0 w/ support for Tizen watches, new Android Wear watches, more

If you have an Android Wear watch (or an Apple Watch, for that matter), you might have heard of Facer. It’s one of the most powerful apps for creating custom watch faces for your smartwatch. Now, the app is getting a significant update to version 3.0, bringing support for Tizen smartwatches like the Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3, more Android Wear watches, and more new features…

Samsung Gear S3 Stories November 28, 2016

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Just over a week ago we learned that Samsung was going to make Samsung Pay available for all Android devices, so long as a Gear S3 smartwatch is paired to that device. Now, Samsung has pushed an update live to enable that functionality via the Gear Manager app on Android.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories November 18, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (3)

Samsung Pay is a feature that some take for granted, but when you look at it, it’s one of the best mobile payments service on the market today. Unfortunately, it’s naturally limited to Samsung devices only. That’s even true with the company’s wearable from last year, the Gear S2. Despite packing the hardware needed for Samsung Pay, the Gear S2 could only use the service when paired with a Samsung smartphone. However, that’s not the case with the Gear S3…

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories November 3, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (3)

After being listed at Best Buy yesterday, Samsung’s new Gear S3 smartwatch family is finally going on pre-order this week from most retailers and going on sale later this month.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories November 2, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (3)

Samsung’s new Gear S3 is one of the few upcoming smartwatches that we’re actually pretty excited for, and after going on sale in various regions around the globe over the past week or two, it’s finally on its way to the United States.

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories September 2, 2016

Hands-on with Samsung’s Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier [Video]

Samsung announced its new Gear S3 smartwatch a couple of days ago, and just as we did with the ASUS ZenWatch 3, we’re finally now coming around to editing and uploading our hands-on footage. I’m impressed with the watch personally, but you’re going to have to wait for our full review for all of my thoughts.

In the meantime, check out our hands-on:

Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 31, 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (3)

Samsung has today announced the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic, two watches which succeed the Gear S2 smartwatches that the Korean company announced last year. The new watch is an iterative improvement on the previous, not a groundbreaking step forward. And by that I mean it’s still a smartwatch, it still has a high-quality build with a rotating bezel, there’s still an LTE model, and it still runs Samsung’s own Tizen operating system…

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 16, 2016

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Existing Gear 2 & Gear 2 Classic

Existing Gear 2 & Gear 2 Classic

There already seemed little room for doubt that Samsung was planning to launch its Gear S3 smartwatch at IFA in Berlin this month, but any lingering question-mark has been removed by a new tweet from Samsung today.

With Gear branding, a watchface graphic. ‘talk about 3’ tagline and reference to ‘a timely innovation,’ there’s only one thing it can mean. The date is the same as the launch of the Gear 2 a year earlier …

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Samsung Gear S3 Stories August 12, 2016

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We’ve known for months that Samsung has a refresh to its Gear S line coming at IFA, but now it’s all but confirmed. Following a couple of reports from SamMobile this week detailing some features the watch(es), the Korean company is now sending out invitations to its event at IFA 2016. The art of the invitation clearly shows a watch face, giving us one last indication that the long rumored Gear S3 is only a couple of weeks away…

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