Samsung Galaxy Gear update adds rich notifications for all apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear update adds rich notifications for all apps
This is a pretty exciting one, because this is the first meaningful update that has come to the Samsung Galaxy Gear. There was one software update before, but it seemed to be all bug fixes and no feature updates. It turns out that the firmware update may have been prepping the device for this update, because now there is a fairly major change that significantly improves the Galaxy Gear's functionality.

Originally, the notification system on the Gear (which should be a main selling point on a smartwatch) was underdeveloped and not very useful. You would get full text messages, but the only other notifications that came through were Gmail and Twitter, but those just told you that something was there with no preview and no way to know if it was important or not. Now, that has all changed. 

With the new update to the Galaxy Gear Manager app, you now can get rich notifications from any and all apps that you want. You can customize what apps are allowed to send notifications through to your Gear. And, once the notification gets to your smartwatch, you can see a more fleshed-out notification. Also, app icons now have badges showing you how many unread messages or notifications you have. 

This is what we envisioned from the Gear from the start, and it's great to see Samsung continuing to work on improving the watch's functionality. You will need to be on the newest firmware of the Gear for the update to work, but after that all you need is the update to the Gear Manager app.


source: Samsung via SamMobile

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13 Comments

1. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Ok now it is going in a right direction !

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It always was, ppl. just jumped to conclusions as always. It's like saying the PS4 is garbage cause look at how few games are around on DAY FREAKING ONE, utter failure. In reality new generational products need time for developers to catch up, the product itself is ready for many things.

5. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Related to PS4, it has more than enough games. It has around 20 games, more or less not sure, and one in each genre. It has racing, platformers, indies, fps, free-to-play, sports and more. I mean, is anyone really going to buy every game and say that those games are not enough? All I'm saying is that one thing is a great product with a great future(because you know games and updates will always be added)and an awesome price and another is having a rushed product that misses innovation and it's way too expensive. If money was no object to me, I would probably look into buying Gear but it still lacks in app support, native apps and innovation. We want something we didn't knew we wanted right? A watch that does more than display notifications. And while the camera was a smart thing, a front facing camera could also be cool for video chat for example. Right now, I would prefer the iPod Nano(the watch one) but my needs are different than others I guess. I have no hate for the Gear at all.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Joaolx, gear do have a growing library of apps but its only accessible thru the gear apps installed into the phone. Example music radar that identify songs titles, ebay apps that show your bidding status;fitness apps.. etc Unlike Sony smart watch that uses Google play store. For those that own the Sony would know its a chore to find the watch apps i prefer Samsung no fuss approach.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You just said it, games WILL BE added. That's exactly where the Gear stands. You know what it was upon launch? A 2nd screen showing who called/called on the sole device that supported it, the Note 3. Now 6 devices support it, more will officially, and there will be community versions for non-Sammy. Now it can show any kind of notification and titles and messages without ever having to get your phone out, you can call or dictate a message to anyone, play a couple of games and there obviously will others. control your phones connectivity, exchange files, change tunes. Maps support is coming, I bet IR blaster support, or anything your phone can do, it can simply control it. It obviously displays time, weather, local temperature, you can take quick pix and share etc... really, what more do you want? If ebay does the Gear app you'll be able to shop. If FlipBoard, read Flipboard style news, same with the PS4, when companies make the games, you'll be able to play them, but right now there is not one single product that justifies $400. You can already do more on the Gear just a few weeks after launch.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

THAT is what the Galaxy Gear is supposed to do. It makes it worth the $299 price tag........a little more lol.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised one morning that i suddenly getting all forms of alerts. Previously only sms.

2. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

use less, I need more of a reason to get this beside use it to look good with my outfits

6. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

It does the same thing of the Sony SW2 (from the day one) and with $100 less and IMHO better style ;)

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Having owned the Gear from the launch week, i appreciate the fact that it's using stainless steel and sapphire crystal. This thing is a tank. Unlike phones, watches are more prone to damages from impact and rubbing against hard objects and i still don't have a scratch on either the face and or the watch material. I think it's worth the extra $100

10. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Oprah will be pleased. If she is still using it.

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cool gadget, although bit useless and expensive.

13. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yes! I had just update it and it run perfectly with full notification. :)

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