Smartwatches are complex (but small) beasts with multi-faceted functionality. Fitness trackers, in contrast, are streamlined to do only one thing: keep track of your activities. Well, actually two things. They also display that information, provided they have a screen of their own. Following the fitness-centric update to the Gear S2, Samsung is rolling out a similar refresh to the Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro, making it easier to see your fitness stats and goals with just a few taps and swipes.
The update introduces two new functions to the smart fitness trackers. Weight Management lets you keep tabs on how much calories you take in from food consumption and how much you burn through activities. The new Fitness Program, on the other hand, gives you access to exercise video content by connecting the Gear Fit2 to your TV.
After the update, the Gear Fit2 and Fit2 Pro will also have a different way of showing information. The Workout Screen, for example, will now show three pieces of information at a time and you can choose which ones to show from a selection of stats like distance, calories burned, exercise duration, and heart rate. The Health Summary widget gives you a total overview of that day’s exercise while the new Multi-workouts widget lets you access your favorite exercises faster.
The fitness tracker market is seen by some as on a downhill slope, causing some companies like Fitbit to place their eggs in the smartwatch basket. That said, the dedicated functionality of trackers like the Samsung Gear Fit2 still appeal better to some consumers who prefer to keep their wearables simple and focused on doing just one thing and doing it well.