Samsung has released a software update for the Galaxy Watch Active2. The update introduces a slew of new features, including improved fitness, communication, and health monitoring applications.
On the fitness front, runners will benefit from the new standalone Running Analysis feature, which is able to track metrics like asymmetry, stiffness, and ground contact time. Those metrics (in addition to several others) can be used to lower the risk of injury and improve overall running performance. The Active2 will also offer a VO2 max feature, which indicates how much oxygen is available to the wearer while engaged in physical activity.
The Fall Detection feature, meanwhile, will allow the wearer to send notifications to designated contacts in the case of a fall, making it easier to get help when it’s needed. Finally, the update will improve the Active2’s utility as a communication device. In the past, wearers would have to jump to a different device (such as a smartphone) to view certain messages after receiving a notification. The latest update will allow them to view emoticons and photos on the Watch itself, and to view a chat history that goes beyond a single message.
Watch users will also be able to send AR Emoji and Bitmoji Stickers, while the Smart Reply feature will offer suggested responses for images and text messages.
The update arrives shortly after the August debut of the Galaxy Watch 3. Samsung brought its Health Monitor app to the Active2 in South Korea earlier in the summer, and has released a hand washing app to encourage proper sanitation practices in response to COVID-19.