Samsung Gear Fit updated with portrait orientation mode

Software fix brings easier readability to Samsung's sleekest smartwatch

The Samsung Gear Fit is easily the most eye-catching of Samsung's latest batch of wearables, but the version we saw back at Mobile World Congress came with one big usability gripe — a landscape display on what's supposed to be a wrist-readable device. Fortunately, though the magic of a software update with a new portrait mode, Samsung now seems to have fixed this issue.

Images posted on Samsung's own Korean store blog show the Gear Fit displaying its UI in the traditional landscape layout, as well as the new, narrower portrait setup. The new orientation should make it easier to view basic information like the time on the watch's uniquely-shaped display, though as The Verge points out, longer text readouts may remain problematic.

We'll have to wait and see how things pan out when we get our hands on final production Gear Fit hardware later this week.

Source: Samsung store blog, The Verge

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