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Samsung Galaxy Gear update extends battery life on watch, and more

Samsung Galaxy Gear update extends battery life on watch, and more
This week, Samsung will be rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the states. Among the changes, the timepiece will now receive full notifications from third party apps. Instead of just receiving an icon to alert you to a message from Twitter, Gmail, Facebook and Hangouts, you will be able to read the complete notification on the watch.

The update also improves basic features of the Galaxy Gear Smart Relay function, which allows Galaxy Gear users to open tasks on their smartphone using the watch. While Samsung has not made any claims about the update improving battery life, European Galaxy Gear users who have received it say that the update does indeed extend battery life on the timepiece. And the lift and pause gesture that activates the watch is improved following the update.

Originally, the watch worked only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but those Samsung devices getting updated to Android 4.3 such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S III, are also beginning to support the watch.

source: Engadget

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posted on 27 Nov 2013, 00:48 6

1. androidrockzz (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


Improving and still more to come :-)

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 01:41

2. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Next iteration of the smartwatch will be decent, I think this one was a bit of a fail.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 11:56 2

5. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Do you own one? I do and I love it. So how can you call it a fail? At least know what you are talking about.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 01:53

3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I think they kinda *screwed this in the first place, maybe it'll be interesting the second or third time around

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 12:00 2

6. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Again do you own it. I do and I love it. Nothing at all bad about it. You all should only talk about what you have and not some opinion you have. There is nothing on the market like it.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 02:41 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Step by step Gear is improving. I guess the bad news for early adopters is the patience game but the good news is for the rest (bar competition), is when Gear 2 is ready with a flexible screen, strap-battery, more efficient SoC and open app for all Androids (it's Samsung's best interest, it just needs a lot of coding), the Gear 1 experience will make it as good as the Note 1 helped making the Note 2. And Note 3.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 22:43 1

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 2582; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am quite happy with gear. Pretty impress with Samsung gear support.

My next purchase would be Note 10.1 2014 LTE edition.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 02:40 1

8. rkelly (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


Well I love my Galaxy Note 3 and I love my Galaxy gear.

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