Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 update enables touch bezel setting by default, fixes GPS bug, & more

The smartwatch market is dominated by Apple. According to the latest stats, Cupertino holds a 46.4% market share ahead of Samsung and Fitbit with market shares of 15.9% and 9.8%, respectively.

Smartwatch market share (Q2 2019)

In the chasing pack, Fitbit lost ground with sales of 1.2 million units, down from 1.3 million in Q2 2018. As for Samsung, things are looking good as the company recorded sales of 2 million units, up from 0.9 million a year ago.

With the new Galaxy Watch Active 2, Samsung is expected to further strengthen its grip on the second spot behind Apple, but truth be told, it will take some effort to close in on Apple, especially if it continues to release smartwatches like the new Series 5.

Samsung’s global smartwatch market share has jumped from 11 percent to 16 percent during the past year. Samsung is now established as the world’s number two smartwatch vendor. Recent new models, such as Galaxy Watch Active 2, should enable Samsung to solidify its global smartwatch presence for the rest of this year.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been christened the “smartwatch with a purpose” by Samsung thanks to the inclusion of new features ranging from the digital touch bezel that took over from the physical bezel design we saw on the Watch Active all the way to the new camera controller.

Unfortunately – for some reason – the Watch Active 2 comes with what is arguably its most interesting feature – the touch bezel setting – disabled out of the box. While you can enable it manually via the Galaxy Wearable app, it makes little sense that it is disabled by default.

Galaxy Watch Active 2 with a touch bezel

Now, in a new Galaxy Watch Active 2 software update that is already rolling out, Samsung has decided to do the right thing. After installing firmware version R820XXU1BSI9 on your 44mm Wi-Fi variant of the Watch Active 2, the touch bezel setting will be turned on by default.

This same update, which weighs in at 13.53MB, also tags along improved accuracy on battery level indicator on the watch face, fixes GPS bug, and also improves general GPS performance, among other stuff.


This same update is also rolling out to the 40mm model as software version R830XXU1BSI9 and in both instances, the base Tizen software has been bumped from version to version

This is an OTA update that may take several days to reach all Galaxy Watch Active 2 units, but you can check manually to see if the download file is ready for your watch. To do this, go to the Software update section under the About Watch setting in the Galaxy Wearable app.

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