Pre-Installed Gear S2 Apps - dummies

By Eric Butow

Your Gear S2 comes with a number of preinstalled apps that enable you to do things on the smartwatch that you may find useful. Here is a list of preinstalled apps that you can use on your Gear S2:


The Messages app allows you to view messages and then either type a reply or call the messenger back.


The Phone app shows you notifications for incoming calls so that you can grab your smartphone and take the call (or not). The app also synchronizes the Contacts list on your smartphone so that you can initiate a call from the Contacts list or just tap the phone number on your watch. If you have the “standard” Gear S2 or the black Gear S2 classic supported by a data carrier, you’ll also be able to respond and talk on your watch. Otherwise, you need to get out your smartphone to receive your call.


S Health tracks your physical activity and measures your pulse while you move by using the sensors on the back of the Gear S2.


The Nike+ Running app uses sensors on the back of the Gear S2 to monitor your vital signs as you run and keeps track of your statistics so that you can improve your running performance.


The Settings app allows you to view and change Gear S2 settings.


The Schedule app shows you your upcoming appointment as well as a brief note about your following appointment, if there is one.


S Voice is the default voice command app that lets you tell your Gear S2 what to do.


The Weather app shows you the current weather information for your location. You can also add another location and view the current conditions in that location.


Alarm is what you expect: You can add an alarm so that your watch will make noise when the alarm is triggered. If you want to postpone the alarm for five minutes, you can activate the snooze option. You can also delete an alarm when you have no further use for it.


Timer allows you to set the amount of time for the countdown, and when the timer reaches zero, the watch makes noise to let you know your time is up.


Stopwatch lets you time an event. You can start the stopwatch, pause it, restart it, and stop it. You can also view a stopwatch log so that you can compare times from previous events.


World Clock allows you to add one or more cities around the world and show the current time in the city or cities.


Bloomberg shows you a summary of your stock portfolio and gives you a recap of the latest news from the business world.


CNN is a popular online news source (not so much on TV), and you can have CNN deliver up-to-the-minute news updates to your Gear S2.


ESPN shows you a summary of the latest sports scores and news. You need to install the ESPN Companion for Gear app on your smartphone to use the ESPN app on your Gear S2.


News Briefing is a news aggregator from Flipboard and provides you with a summary of the latest news. Swipe up and down on the screen to view leading news stories in a variety of categories.


Music Player lets you control and play music not only on the Gear S2 but also on your smartphone.


Samsung Milk Music is Samsung’s streaming music service that you can use to play music on not only your Gear S2 but also your smartphone.


Gallery allows you to view images you’ve captured on your Gear S2. You can capture an image by holding down the Home button and then swiping left or right on the screen.


Buddy is an app that allows you to select your favorite contacts from your Contacts list. Within the Buddy app, you can tap your buddy to quickly call or send a message to that person.


Email is a straightforward app: It synchronizes with the email accounts on your smartphone and then displays a brief summary of the email message on the screen. Tap the summary on the screen to read the entire message and reply to it by either speaking or typing your reply on the Gear S2.


Find My Phone is a useful little app to find your phone. You open the app, tap Start, and then listen for your smartphone making noise. The smartphone screen turns on, too.


Maps shows you your current location on a very small map. You can also search for a specific location and for businesses or features near you, such as the nearest lake, so that you can enjoy a day out.


Voice Memo lets you record a voice memo on your Gear S2 that you can play back later. You can also save the voice memo as a text file to read.