Samsung Gear Fit 2 update brings continuous heart rate monitoring

Samsung Gear Fit2
Samsung Gear Fit2 (Image credit: Android Central)

At IFA this past August, Samsung showed off a trio of new fitness wearables, one of which was the Gear Fit 2 Pro. The Gear Fit 2 Pro is a slightly upgraded version of the Gear Fit 2 that was released last summer, but thanks to a new software update, last year's hardware is getting one of the Pro's biggest features — continuous heart rate monitoring.

The Gear Fit 2 was previously able to track your heart rate upon command and intermittently throughout the day, but with continuous heart rate monitoring, you'll be able to see exactly how your heart's working 24/7. This is something that serious trainers often value quite dearly, and along with all of this new data, the Gear Fit 2 now also supports heart rate zones.

Heart rate zones show you how light or hard your heart is working while exercising, and depending on the intensity of your workout, your heart rate will fall in one of the following categories:

  • Heart Rate Zone 1: Between 50% and 60% of your max heart rate (Very Light)
  • Heart Rate Zone 2: Between 60% and 70% of your max heart rate (Light)
  • Heart Rate Zone 3: Between 70% and 80% of your max heart rate (Moderate)
  • Heart Rate Zone 4: Between 80% and 90% of your max heart rate (Hard)
  • Heart Rate Zone 5: Between 90% and 100% of your max heart rate (Maximum)

In addition to the new heart rate tracking features, the Gear Fit 2 is also gaining a new Schedule and Weather apps, watch faces from the Gear Fit 2 Pro (including a pedometer watch face), as well as other bug fixes and improvements.

This new update weighs in at 18.96MB, and although it's only been spotted in Indonesia so far, it should be rolling out to other markets soon.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • how accurate are these ?
  • 86.4735628%
  • i got the update this morning, im in canada!
    enjoying the new watchfaces :)
  • The new watch faces are nice, hopefully the update fixes the random rapid battery drain or where it would tell me I went up 37 inclines before mid-day!
  • Being that I got mine for free with my note 7 my gear fit 2 has been more then Adequate. An pretty accurate for what it is . The screen is miles better then most Fitness watches. With the always on turned off you get a solid 3 days are more
  • I got to repair the band on mine. Separated from the watch somehow. Superglue time perhaps...
  • Or... Just buy one. There are many good 3rd party bands cheap and under $10.
  • Ikr there cheap on ebay
  • I wonder if the Gear Fit Pro Band fits on the Gear Fit 2
  • Awesome! I was considering an upgrade to the Pro, but the update brings enough for me to keep my N7 freebie.
  • This is great!!! The only feature I missed a little when deciding between the Gear Fit 2 and a Fitbit :) Glad to get this update!
  • I hope it gets more accurate at syncing. My GF2 and my S7E were very good at my step count/time. With the N8, the counts are horribly off. It is not possible for me to have walked for 120 minutes and only register 9000 steps...