Samsung introduces new features on Galaxy Watch 2 via software updates

Samsung Galaxy watch 2 new features

Samsung has introduced a suite of new features for its existing users of Galaxy Watch 2. These features were introduced by a software update today and include health monitoring as well as communications improvements.


In terms of the new health features that are being introduced on the Galaxy Watch 2, the most prominent one is the ‘Fall Detection’ feature. When a potential fall is detected, you will immediately be given the option to send an SOS notification to up to four pre-designated contacts, ensuring that help is never too far away.

Set up Fall Detection on Samsung Galaxy Watch 2

Open the Galaxy Wearable app > select ‘SOS’ Turn on ‘Detect falls’ and add the contact that you want to receive your SOS notifications.

Use Running Analysis and VO2 support on Galaxy Watch 2

When it comes to fitness, the new software update on the Galaxy Watch 2 provides two important features. a) Support for VO2 Max and b) Running Analysis engine. These new features are sure to make cardio fans happy. The running analysis engine can also help with preventing running injuries.

When you select “running” under the exercise feature in Samsung Health, your Galaxy Watch Active2 will automatically perform running analysis and measure your VO2 max.

For an accurate reading, you should only measure VO2 max while running outdoors at a high intensity for at least 20 minutes.

Newly introduced communication features

The new communication features introduced by this software update allow users to view photos and emoticons directly from the watch. The new Smart response feature provides users with pre-configured messages that can be easily sent out in response to received messages and photos. Chat history is maintained on the watch so you can track the history of conversations directly on your wrist.Samsung Galaxy watch 2 new features

The software update also provides features to improve music playing experience and the scroll capture feature allows you to easily take screenshots directly from your watch.

According to Samsung, The new update will initially be available on Bluetooth versions of the Galaxy Watch Active2 and will roll out to LTE versions shortly thereafter. Requires the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable app and Galaxy Watch Active2 plugin.

If you have not yet updated your Samsung Galaxy Watch 2, go ahead and check for new updates so that you can take advantage of these new features from your favorite watch without having to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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