What's that yellow dot on my Gear S2 watch face?

The most recent update for Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch added a couple of new apps and performance improvements. However there's one subtle change in the latest Gear firmware that's not entirely obvious at first. You might occasionally notice a small yellow circular marker on the left-hand side of your watch face. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. So what's going on?

Gear S2 dot

As it turns out, the answer is simple. You'll see this yellow marker on your watch face when you've got new (unseen) alerts waiting for you over in the notification area over on the left. That's why if you swipe or rotate to view your watch's notification area, the dot will disappear.

It's a useful visual indicator that there's new stuff waiting to be discovered, as most Gear S2 watch faces don't have any other way to convey this. Of course, most of the time you'll be alerted to an incoming email, text or other notification by the watch's vibrations. But if not, the handy yellow marker will let you know what's up.

If you've updated your Gear S2 to the latest firmware, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

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  • that is a pretty cool feature
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  • Apple watch has a red dot for unseen notifications. Just saying.
  • Red? I would pay soooo much more for a RED dot :)
  • They invented the red dot, no doubt.
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  • I wonder if they will go to court over it. Not withstanding the fact that my old digital watch from Casio had a coloured dot for alarm etc. Apple was not the first and Samsung will not be the last. /Just saying. ... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like how this watch looks, but I am not a huge fan of where they put this notification dot. Posted via the Android Central App
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  • Would prefer something other than a dot, and more importantly, a notification indicator is needed on the ambient always-on watch face, not just the regular "awake" watch face.
  • I bought the watch with the white band this weekend. Looking to trade my small white band for a large black band. Anyone interested? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the 4G version from T-Mobile wondering if that will hold back the update?
  • I will wondering why this yellow dot keep appearing there buy after a few fiddle I did get to know the reason for it, and I think it is a good idea.
  • What watchface is this?