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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8 Comments

1. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

Improving and still more to come :-)

2. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

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

5. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

6. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am quite happy with gear. Pretty impress with Samsung gear support. My next purchase would be Note 10.1 2014 LTE edition.

8. rkelly

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

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

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