02 March 2017
Two days ago, Samsung started pushing out a major software update for the Galaxy S2 in Europe, North and South America as well as Asia. The upgrade is around 60MB and bundles a bunch of new features, as covered in our previous article, including social sharing for activities and a revamped ‘Contacts’ app. But, one of the most fascinating pieces of functionality that the company failed to mention in the changelog is that the wearable now supports sleep tracking.
A full-working sleep tracker should’ve been already bundled on the Samsung Gear S2 when it was launched, but it wasn’t. Samsung responded to the customer feedback and implemented it now. Better late than never, right? The sleep tracking functionality utilizes the device’s integrated heart rate sensor to detect three different stages of sleep – restless, light and motionless. It then analyses the data and pushes it through a complex algorithm to calculate the total time slept and the amount of calories burnt.
One of the members of Sammobile got to play around with the app, and he found that the app was indeed very accurate. The facility to see the total time slept on wrist is very useful along with the S Health application faculties on the smartphone, which give a comprehensive database consisting of sleep history since the start of app usage. There is even a “Trends” option which shows similarities between the recorded sleeps.
If you have a Gear S2, go ahead and update the firmware to the latest one (R730XXU2DPFB). Do try out the sleep tracking app and let us know your views.