Samsung Gear Fit gets new portrait-orientation screen mode
We just spent a few minutes touching base with LG and its upcoming G Watch, so let’s stay in this wearables lane for a little while longer and check in with Samsung and the Gear Fit. Compared to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Fit is a bit of an underdog, but it’s not without its own stand-out features, including that curved OLED screen. While everything we’ve seen so far has depicted the Fit using that display in a landscape orientation, today we learn about a software update for the wearable that will bring it a portrait-mode view.
Considering how very narrow the aspect ratio of the Gear Fit’s screen is (27:8), going vertical could make text presentation a little tricky, but it looks like a fine fit when we’re dealing with a bunch of smaller icons, instead – they simply stack up, rather than aligning side-to-side. And really, considering how the Gear Fit’s software is less flexible than what we get with the Gear 2 models, any degree of greater control Samsung can offer the user like this could go a long way towards making the Fit feel worth that $200 price tag.
The Gear Fit’s retail availability begins this Friday, April 11. Be on the lookout for the update enabling this portrait mode to arrive shortly thereafter.