It all depends upon how many people are going to come forward and show that this issue is widespread and not a random occurence to a few. Some days ago a Samsung mouthpiece was trying to insinuate that this is a rare and isolated occurence attributable to user's inability to use proper settings. I can only speak for myself, as power of one, and say that the issue is real and of material consequence, entirely attributable to Samsung.
Last Friday, I convinced a friend to let me borrow their brand new S3 before it was even set up. Knowing that if anything went wrong, they could return it, I immediately updated it to 3.0 and restored a backup I made of my S3 minutes earlier. So this watch was basically a clone of mine. The newly set up watch is getting around 30 hours of battery life with my configuration, which is admittedly a pig (AOD active, colorful watch face, tons of notifications, etc.). My own watch was getting 24-26 hours before the 3.0 update, but only 14-16 hours after. Seems pretty clear that something with the update process trashed the battery.
I updated my watch to tizen 3.0 couple days ago and it seems battery is draining fast compare to 2.4. I also noticed that when the I place the watch on the charger after full battery drain and watch off. The watch screen immediatly start charging from around 50% battery. Did anyone saw this issue? Wonder if tizen 3.0 is not calculating the battery usage correctly.
Sorry to sound like a "me too"....
As a user of the S3 for the last 6 months, and a low end user (e.g. I have left most of the standard apps on there..as the watch does what I want in its original form). I don't use it for music, I read the occasional email and I check the time...thats about it.
I am a creature of habit, basically same routine, same time for recharging, no change in habits with usage of the watch.
Every Saturday or Sunday I turn the watch off completely to make sure no apps are still running (read crashed)
I have applied each patch as it has come out, and updated the standard apps.
Basically without fail, every morning (before the major upgrade) I put it on charge, it will show %67 - 71% battery as it commences its charge.
However since the Tizen 3.0 udpate, there is a considerable change in the charging/battery behaviour, as every morning when I put it on charge, the battery level reads 49%-52% and naturally the time I normally allow it to charge is no longer long enough.
With an IT background of 35+ years including software design, I know what to look for, I have a reasonable understanding of how things work (as it sounds like many others on this forum do)........
From the release notes, I think the main change that may impact battery life might be the frequency of the HR checks, so I might reduce this, but I don't expect it will much of a change.
I hope Samsung work out what this upgrade has done to the Gear s3.....its not perception, its a definite issue, and one that they need to solve.