Gear Fit update adds vertical orientation to smartwatch
Samsung's fitness-oriented Gear Fit is set to launch this Friday, but Samsung doesn't appear to be done making changes. One of the biggest drawbacks of the device was the horizontal orientation of the screen which made reading certain info quite difficult, but that doesn't appear to be a problem anymore.
According to numerous sites that have had time to review the Gear Fit, a new vertical orientation mode has been added as an option, making it easier to use the band while wearing it on your wrist. Of course, this doesn't address the fact that the narrow screen will likely make reading longer words more difficult, but it is an improvement nonetheless.
Retailing at $199, the Gear Fit is expected to launch alongside the Galaxy S5 on April 11th, though it should also work with a variety of other Samsung smartphones. The Gear Fit is also powered by a real-time operating system rather than Android or Tizen OS, but this should increase battery life allowing up to 3-4 days of use per charge.