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Three Samsung Galaxy devices to gain Galaxy Gear compatibility, Android 4.3, within weeks

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Three Samsung Galaxy devices to gain Galaxy Gear compatibility, Android 4.3, within weeks
Samsung has announced on Monday that the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II will all be adding compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch via a Premium Suite software update. No precise date was mentioned, although Samsung said that some owners of the three devices will start to receive updates as soon as today. Others will receive the Premium Suite within weeks. Samsung also announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the two Samsung Galaxy Mega models will receive an update in the next few months that will make the devices compatible with the Galaxy Gear. Currently, the watch works only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The features of the update vary by carrier and include Android 4.3. In addition, the so-called "flagship experiences" on the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be added to the Galaxy S III and the GALAXY Note II such as Easy Mode, which allows smartphone and Android newbies to have a home screen full of widgets and apps, and Multi Window which allows multitaskers to use more than one app at a time. Other features from the current flagship that will be available on the other two models includes advanced camera functions, and other new features.

The update will also make the three models ready for Samsung KNOX which allows business users to safely use certain applications like the browser, contacts and the calendar for work related purposes, without having to worry about a security breach. This allows owners of these devices to use them for both work and play.

source: Samsung

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posted on 28 Oct 2013, 11:39 5

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7729; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Can't wait to get rid of this S3 and get my Note 3 again when I get paid on Friday. :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 11:45

2. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Friday can't come soon enough, eh? :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 11:46

3. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


A guy I work with just got one and it's an epic device!!! I just wish Samsung would open up the watch support to the rest of the Android market. I'd love to be able to use one with my Motorolas.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:08

4. breathlesstao (Posts: 71; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


Er... I'm sorry, but multi-window and easy mode? Both have been present on the Note II for ages.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:47

9. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Multi window with enhancements, like drag and drop

Easy mode since the S4 was a lot easier and not just widgets

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:23

5. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 223; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


I think US version having 2GB RAM and Int'l having 1GB , thus US got early . Touchwiz is very heavy ! But stilll Expecting int'l will get update with in two days .

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:23

6. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


samsung please release Galaxy S5 fast and just make it Fast

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:28

7. vikk2232153 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Yeahhh...I will be getting the update soon on my note 2...sammy...common ...release the new firmware soon

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 19:47 1

15. tezzly (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


If you have At&t SGH-I317 or the International n7100 Note 2 you can update now. You can go to youtube and search VrockLy and look for the At&t Note 2 update.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 06:03

16. vikk2232153 (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


thank u but i will install the official update. do not want to bug my phone

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:36

8. Zarak (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Is this for the international Galaxy S3 too?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 12:53

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 807; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


My Galaxy S4 Octa is waiting :)

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 19:29

11. micmic9999 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


Hi All, I just got my update of 4.3 yesterday SIngapore time around 600MB. :) for my Galaxy S4 see screenshots below :)

http ://tinyurl.com/mqv4h6q

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 22:37

12. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)


im excted haha

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 04:49

13. BlueMeBritt (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 May 2013)


LOL. Easy mode and multi windows added to s3 and note 2? Get your facts straight PA. S3 and note 2 had it first.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 04:56

14. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Super work by samsung. This is the main reason i go for their products, good support and fast updates. Hoping this happens soon enough and update is rolled out to everyone quickly.

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