Samsung Gear Fit Receives Vertical Orientation in Pre-Release Update

by Jacob Kleinman | April 8, 2014

Samsung blew us away when it unveiled the Gear Fit earlier this year at Mobile World Congress. We love its slim curved AMOLED design and the simplified Tizen OS, but one clear flaw in the device immediately jumped out at us: its screen orientation. When the Gear Fit was first announced it only used a horizontal UI, which is a bit odd for a wrist-based device. Thankfully, it looks like Samsung has fixed the issue ahead of the wearable device’s official release, updating its software to offer a vertical orientation as well.

The news comes from Samsung’s official store blog, where a series of pictures showing the updated device were posted this week. The UI hasn’t changed much, offering the same list of apps just with a vertical orientation. The version we see here is clearly meant for Korea though, and it may be harder to squeeze English-language notifications onto the thin screen in this orientation.

Hopefully Samsung will figure out a way to bring the updated UI to the U.S. and the rest of the world. We’d hate to see the Gear Fit fall short because of a UI issue that could be fixed with an easy patch. Either way, we can’t wait to get our hands on this beautiful curved device. Stay tuned for our full review in the near future.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...