The Galaxy Gear got a much-needed software update in the U.S. today, adding improved notifications for non-Samsung apps among a number of other helpful changes. Samsung’s first smartwatch still has plenty of imperfections, but for early adopters today’s update should be a welcome sight.
The new notifications setting is still buried a few menus deep in the Gear Manager app on your smartphone, but once you activate it you’ll be able to get more out of the smartwatch. However, Android Central notes that it’s still not perfect. If you receive a single Gmail notification you’ll be able to read it from your smartwatch, but if more than one email comes in at once you’ll have to pick up your handset to see anything beyond who sent it and the subject line.
The Gear’s updated software also promises to improve battery life—another key issue with the device at launch—though it’s unclear whether that means an extra day or just a few extra hours. You’ll also be able to use the smartwatch slightly farther away from your smartphone without breaking the connection, and S Voice search will reportedly run faster as well.
To update your Galaxy Gear first make sure you have the latest version of Gear Manager. You should be able to download the update over the air, but if that doesn’t work you may have to boot up Samsung KIES and install it over a USB connection.