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Samsung Galaxy Watch update comes with battery life improvements

Samsung has just started rolling out firmware version R805FXXU1CRKA to the Telstra carrier in Australia and New Zealand. It comes with battery and connectivity improvements along with the usual but fixes.

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The South Korean tech giant has recently revealed the updated version of its aging Gear line. Galaxy Watch comes with LTE connectivity, comprehensive fitness smarts, GPS, water resistance and a price-tag to match.

But a number of users have been complaining about battery life, particularly when using the cellular connection. They are struggling to get past the one day mark, a far cry from the advertised three days. Some have also reported charging and overheating issues. For now this only occurs when using the charging pad. Needless to say, this is not what’s supposed to happen.

The latest firmware update aims to help put some of this right. It comes with battery efficiency fixes although it is not clear yet whether it will deal with the overheating problem, too.

Other improvements are to do with GPS accuracy. The watch’s built-in GPS allows users to go for phone free runs. Unfortunately the satellite data can be inaccurate at times. Hopefully, this latest update will help improve accuracy.

In additional to the usual bug fixes, R805FXXU1CRKA also comes with a better Samsung Health experience and a new Dual Clock Watch face. The update is 38.63MB in size and accommodates the Tizen platform along with it.

Here is the full list of changes:

  • Improved Samsung Health experience
  • Improved GPS accuracy and connection
  • Improved battery efficiency
  • Added Dual Clock Watch face
  • Removed menu – Use Gear without phone connection

Samsung is doing a gradual rollout, presumably to test out the update and make amendments as needed. It’s currently available only on the Telstra carrier in Australia and New Zealand, but we expect it will make its way to other carriers and countries soon.

The device on your wrist will alert you when the update lands. The other alternative is to do a manual check. Simply select Settings, About watch/Update Watch Software/Update now.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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