Samsung Gear Fit update brings portrait orientation



The Samsung Gear Fit’s wide landscape aspect ratio doesn’t work well with the natural orientation of your wrist when you’re looking at the watch. The watch appears in portrait mode with the “traditional” way, but the software doesn’t adjust accordingly… until today.

A new software upgrade will soon be delivered that will allow you to enable a portrait mode to get a look at your time, weather, fitness and life without having to twist your neck or wrist in weird ways. Each app will be tweaked to have appropriate user interface layouts for both modes, so nothing should be weird about it once it finally lands.

We’re not sure if Samsung is planning on delivering this as a day one update once the Gear Fit launches with the rest of the family April 11th, but if it doesn’t then we imagine it wouldn’t be long. Just be sure to keep in mind the fact that it may or may not be ready by the time it ships this Friday whenever you’re deciding whether or not to buy it.

[via SamMobile]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Wow ok so they actually addressed a problem right away. Not too shabby.

  2. I still don’t understand who’s idea it was to have it be in landscape mode. It just makes no sense whatsoever. There are no watches with noon in the 3 o’clock position.

    1. It was a bike rider or motorcyclist – guaranteed.

    2. Check out what chimpy said…I’d totally consider wearing a watch on the inside of the wrist if it were a smart device. It’d be less likely to be banged up, would be easily read with a rotation of the forearm, and since there isn’t a “dial”, the noon-3 o’clock thing is irrelevant.

      All that being said, I still like the idea of a full-function phone-watch (like the Omate) so that I don’t have to lug anything else around when I go jogging/biking/etc.

  3. I always wondered how people were going to use it without breaking either their arm or neck. Good thing they fixed it.

  4. Actually, for those wondering about the original orientation, it works if you wear your device on the inside of your wrist (trying to avoid banging it against stuff if you wear it on the outside) and look at it while running. On a forward swing of the arm and a quick flip of the wrist, it would naturally be in the right position with very little effort.

    1. and would look badass too

  5. i would get this but, i mean it works best with your phone nearby and if your phones near by i would use my phone, cmon now

  6. I wonder how many people are going to get this over the Neo, their the same price point but I would think the Neo will have more support because of the similarities with the Gear 2 (same hardware minus the camera).

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