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Galaxy S4 Mini on Verizon Receives Galaxy Gear Support in New Update

Verizon’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini had an update approved this morning as build VRUAMK5. The update is significant in that it brings support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, something few phones can lay claim to. To learn all there is to learn about the Galaxy Gear and whether or not you should care about it after receiving this update, hit up our review

The support documents for the update can be found below, most of which talk you through using the phone with the Galaxy Gear. In terms of other software goodies included in the update, you are looking at the pre-loading of three new bloatware apps, Exchange server connectivity improvement, better 4G LTE connectivity, Isis mobile wallet tweaks, and some other minor changes.

To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

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  • AbbyZFresh

    Verizon being slow with the updates as usual.

  • Blue Sun

    These updates should have been released months ago. I’m sure this delay (on multiple devices) hurt Gear sales.

    • George

      Didnt need lack of Updates to phones to hurt Gear sales. Gear itself was doing that just fine haha

  • Sam

    where the hell is the Note2 update ?!?!

    • michael arazan

      I think the GS3 and Note 2 have sold more than the S4 Mini, where the hell are these updates that were guaranteed by Samsung for Verizon on Nov 22nd and 29th?

  • Curtis

    I have worn this watch in the VZW store. Are we still considering this to be a worthy purchase?

    What I do like to see is Samsung broadening support for their hardware, unfortunately it’s not reaching out far enough. I want to see support for all of their hardware, let alone for other OEMs.

    On the other hand they are the leading smartphone sales globally and this may be something they can afford to do.

    • JoshGroff

      I would only consider it worthy if it worked with all devices. It’s a neat gadget, but for the cost and device limitations I wouldn’t consider it a worthy purchase.

      • n900mixalot

        Oh it’s definitely worthy.

  • ceejw

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this is the first case of Samsung adding Gear support to a phone without updating it to 4.3 in the process.

    Edit: nevermind I should have read the change log.

    • hfoster52

      It says in the change log this update is 4.3.

  • hfoster52

    Still no Note2….

    • jimt

      Samsung would like you to buy a note 3.

      • Sam

        SPRINT note2 has been updated, VZW is wanting Note 3 sales

        • Adrynalyne

          Verizon couldn’t care less about the phone you buy. They want contracts.

          • Ian

            And they get those when you get new phones

          • Adrynalyne

            Not necessarily a Note 3. Hence my comment.

          • jbegs

            Exactly…most people with a Note II aren’t up for a Note 3 on contract yet.

          • n900mixalot

            I’m not up for another year and a few months.

        • JoshGroff

          Sprint and T-Mobile.