Samsung has rolled out an update to its Gear Fit 2 fitness band, adding several new features. The firmware update was detailed in a Samsung press release earlier today and includes an auto pause function, streamlined sets interface and ‘dynamic workout tracking’.
Auto pause enables the Gear Fit 2 to identify when users have temporarily halted their workout (at a stop light while running, for example). This is an automatic function that doesn’t require any input from the user; the Gear Fit 2 will begin tracking again once they continue the exercise.
Dynamic workout tracking expands the number of exercises that the Gear Fit 2 can recognize. The Gear Fit 2 could already identify when users were walking, cycling, or rowing etc. Now, when a user engages in other repetitive-motion exercises – such as basketball, table tennis, badminton, dancing and soccer – for more than ten minutes, the Gear Fit 2 will log the session as a Dynamic Workout.
Lastly, the Gear Fit 2 has altered the way in which indoor exercise sets are managed. “Users can input their desired number of repetitions and sets per exercise and the Gear Fit 2 will start tallying their progress as soon as they begin,” said Samsung. “Moreover, because getting adequate rest between sets is key for efficient training, the device will display appropriate break intervals between sets to help users catch their breath and maximize their effort.”
The firmware update is rolling out over-the-air now and users will be notified of it in their smartphone’s Quick Panel as it becomes available in their region.