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Samsung Extends Galaxy Gear Compatibility to 8 Devices, Including Galaxy S4, Note 2, and Galaxy S3

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Samsung’s poorly reviewed smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, became slightly more appealing this morning with an announcement that it would soon be compatible with 8 new devices. As you may be aware, the Galaxy Gear currently only works with the Galaxy Note 3, something we knocked it for in our review. How good is a smartwatch if it only works with a single smartphone? 

But times are-a-changing, and the Gear will soon work with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 to start once each phone receives an Android 4.3 update over the coming weeks. Outside of those popular devices, Samsung has also said that compatibility will be delivered to the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 Zoom through a separate software update beginning at the end of October.

The timing of each update depends on carriers and countries. So even though 4.3 started rolling out to the Galaxy S4 in Germany this month, it could be a while before we see this on U.S. variants.

Does compatibility with more devices make the Gear any more appealing to you?

Samsung Extends Galaxy Gear Compatibility to Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, and More

October 23, 2013

Samsung provides more users with enhanced flexibility and freedom via extended Galaxy Gear compatibility

Seoul, Korea – Oct 23, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced that more Samsung devices will be compatible with Galaxy Gear, a perfect companion device that makes mobile communication easier and more enjoyable.

Galaxy Gear will be available for use with Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II through the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. The update came first to Galaxy S4 devices in Germany in October. Samsung will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other GALAXY devices – including Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom – through a separate software update beginning at the end of October. Software update schedules for each device will vary by country and carrier.

“Extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver enriched mobile experiences to our consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics. “Through a significant effort to enhance and enrich the Galaxy experience, Samsung continues to empower our users in their mobile lives and enable smart freedom with Galaxy Gear.”

Samsung Galaxy Gear
Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II users to make and answer calls and view incoming messages and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content. Users can also find major social apps on Samsung Apps to maintain connections to their social networks via Galaxy Gear.

With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap a visual memo by simply tapping Galaxy Gear’s screen. Photos are then easily and automatically saved in the master device’s gallery. Users can enjoy a built-in Pedometer app and use Galaxy Gear to control the music played on their master devices. Of course the device also functions like a watch, with the option to change the face with 10 different clock options and even more options available via Samsung Apps.

Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) **Update schedule and features may differ by country and carrier.
Samsung Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II will get the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. For Galaxy S III and Note II, new capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia, as well as new updates to Samsung features and applications, including:

• Smsung KNOX*, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (*Galaxy S III 3G
version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)
• Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices
• HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are
• Group Play 2.5 with shared video support

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Via:  Samsung

  • ykks

    It’s incredible that the Note 8 still has Android version 4.1.2, a device that was released this year. The Gear was meant for it. Which device would be more perfect for the gear than Note 8 and its call capabilities

  • Garrith Graham

    You don’t get the new camera app on samsung s4 GT-I9505 within the UK. Updated via kies.

  • http://www.shopbychoice.com/ ShopByChoice

    Samsung is most popular smart phone among the IT professional and college going student . I am using Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from last two month back . I still not facing any problem from this phone .
    http://www.shopbychoice.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-n9000-black/p/TXpnM05qZz0

  • P

    Where and how to down load the updates for the gear for noteII

  • http://www.shopbychoice.com/ ShopByChoice

    All Samsung Galaxy S3 , S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are good phones . But I like Samsung Galaxy Note 3 due to attractive model , user friendly functions and simple interface .
    It is well designed smart phone .
    http://www.shopbychoice.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-n9000-black/p/TXpnM05qZz0

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  • Mothman

    True android fans, will already know that the gear works with all variants running 4.2

  • Phuq Obama

    Hey, why is it they be no ladies here. Sup wif dat??? Does all these cell phone mf nerds be scar-n da biatches away?

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  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    The ONLY reason I’m not wearing Galaxy Gear is that I don’t want to buy a Note 3. I really like what I’ve seen with this watch but what good is it if you can’t use it with your desired phone. I have an S3 and will upgrade either to an S4 or S5 if it comes out soon. I already have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 so I don’t need the Note 3.

  • Gregory Piciulo

    It’s the same difference with the S – Pen, if samsung made it compatible with more devices it would be better for them and us!

  • John

    This made me happy. Get your ass in gear Verizon.

  • Wil Gibson

    So, it still only works with Samsung devices? Pass. I just got a Smartwatch 2, and while I’m not totally impressed (advertised widgets are no where to be seen), it works with my Nexus 4.

  • itsacardigan

    Soooo…When you say poorly reviewed……is that a reflection upon how you reviewed the device? It’s a smart watch…..what do you want it to do? Have a go – go gadget arm come out and wipe your ass?

  • LionStone

    Uhhh…no.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    In other news…. still $299

  • John Clausen

    I get their reasoning behind making it exclusive to Samsung devices; I assume they think that by doing so, it will convince more people to switch to or stay with Samsung phones. But look, the stupid watch isn’t awesome. I don’t even think I can call it good. What does it really do over something like the Pebble that works on most phones? They’d sell a hell of a lot more if they just made it work for all Android phones.

    • Frettfreak

      THIS!!!!!!!!

  • 4g63mark

    If I had a Note 3 or S4 I’d buy the Galaxy Gear. But I have a VZW LG G2. Also known as the Nexus 5+. :-) Better camera’s front and back, as well as bigger screen.

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    i do not understand why someone would want to carry and wear two devices that do the same thing. major overkill.

    • Frettfreak

      not the same things. Its just an extension of your phone, not a duplicate.

      • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

        i get this but aside from putting a clock on your wrist i dont see the advantage. especially since my phone can do more than this display tech fanboyism

        • g35suck

          LOL, says the hypocrite who is going to buy an iWatch when it comes out. Added to the collection of his ipad mini, ipad maxi, iphone 5, iphone 5c, iPhone 5s, iphone 4s, ipod, ipod nano, ipod touch, and who knows what else. When all he needed was an Iphone since it does everything the other devices does.

          • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

            WTF are you rambling about? I do not own nor will I ever own an iphone. In fact the only thing my family owns that is apple is a Ipod nano which my wife got from her brother as a gift. Secondly….this is over a month old.

  • Dan

    Once the 4.3 rolls out for my note 2 i’ll probably be running KLP cyanogenmod nightlies. AOSP is the only way to go. Touchwiz is disgusting.

  • Prince Campbell III

    I gives a damn about the watch, I’m only looking forward to Jelly Bean for my Note 2. You know it’s sad, majority of people used to get on HTC for not updating or for taking too long to update their devices. As I look at it now it seems like Samsung and HTC have flip flopped.

    • Frettfreak

      thats they TRUTH too. I swore off HTC cause their BS update practices, but ended up getting a ONE… they have been killing it with updates (in a good way) and i couldnt be happier with the one…. now if they just dont go bankrupt!

  • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

    Question: Is Verizon trying to sell these watches??? If so, is there a sparkle & glimmer of hope that by increasing compatibility and thereby increasing potential sales, one might get an update to 4.3 faster???

    Probably not, but a boy can dream.

  • Blue Sun

    If they really wanted to increase pre-orders & sales across the board, it should have had Galaxy Nexus, Note II, S4 compatibility out of the gate. Samsung shot themselves in the foot on this one.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Pretty surprised that it didn’t at least have Galaxy S4 compatibility. It’s not like the Gear was really going to help sell the Note 3, the Note 3 can sell itself.

      • Blue Sun

        I totally agree. I’m not surprised that the Note II was left off the list. Their job is to try & sell the latest & greatest. The S4, being thier “flagship” device was baffling indeed. Do you think that the S4 Mini will be supported by the time the device is available for retail?

    • EdubE24

      You forgot to add the Charge and Fascinate…

  • Daniel Flores

    Sony Smartwatch 2…

  • Ben Myton

    And the world yawns…

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Still not worth it if it is locked to Samsung devices. Why not just open it to any phone running 4.3 or higher?

    • Frettfreak

      other than the price vs usability problem, this is my #1 complaint and the main reason i wont be buying one.

      • Blaine M Murphy

        I am confused… you guys are complaining that a Samsung made device is only usable by Samsung phones? You’re right, why not make it compatible with iPhone as well? Or Lumias? Because it is what separates Samsung phones from a HTC phone.

    • michael arazan

      Funny how companies will limit their customer base just to make their products exclusive to themselves only. 1 billion+ Android users.

    • Jon

      they may open it up later it could be to keep the chance of non compatibility and therefore bad reviews down, although i doubt it. also most others will probably be releasing there own in sometime wich might force them to do so

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well they are getting bad reviews, in part, because it is so locked down, so if that was the case, they didn’t think it through.

  • Rand Paul 2016

    Bob Dylan quoaquote.. Times aare a changing ha

  • Fattie McDoogles

    It’s good that Samsung is updating their devices. I hope they continue to be “timely” with their updates.

  • Rechie

    This news only excited me because of the 4.3 update to my Galaxy Note 2.

  • fyrfyter

    Who really cares to begin with? I would never have allowed said watch to make it to release. Its junk and doesn’t offer anything worthwhile. Most first gen things are!

  • MichaelFranz

    Yea launching it with the Note 3 is greta, but you needed to have compatibility at least with the S4. Note 2 and S3 could of came later. How many people already had an s4 and had an extra $299.

    granted it is only a few weeks later, but i bet pre-orders would of been higher

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    *cough*htcone*cough*

    • Frettfreak

      with the direction samsung is taking, i wouldn’t hold your breath for any compatibility outside samsungs crap.

  • JBartcaps

    I used to think Samsung was going to be good for Android

    • Frettfreak

      it was… for a couple years at least. now they think they are apple and feel like alienating all other androids…. f-them. I wont buy anything that “locks” me into a particular OEM. Thats part of the reason i love android… Choice.

      • Ryan Markwald

        And if the rumor comes true about them putting ID chips in their accessories to prevent unauthorized use of third party covers/chargers etc, the further the alienation.

        • Frettfreak

          Exactly! I dont care what kind of device they put out if thats the way its gonna be. I will boycott them like i do apple and have absolutely zero problem with it. The fact is there are TONS of amazing devices out there now, samsung isnt the only game in town making good ones anymore. Hell, if HTC can keep it together i think they could be the come back story of the decade!

      • dissapointed

        Totaly agreeagree!!i just bought an s 4 mini for my vife and this f-rs are telling me this device is not a “flagship”?wtf?it is stil a exspensive phone…likr you said-the act like apple before….sucks,thats why i have my nexus 4 and im running 4.3 For almost 2 months…sammy used to be like that but anymore…i’ll never by their product again

  • Ryan Markwald

    “…over the coming weeks, months, and maybe by early next year” is how I read that.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      …Only if you’re on Verizon

      • morpheus282

        That’s the truth.

  • Dayhve

    bout time!