Samsung confirms that Gear smartwatch will eventually work with non Galaxy smartphones

Samsung confirms that Gear smartwatch will eventually work with non Galaxy smartphones
As we all know, Samsung is a company that doesn't believe in such a thing as "feature bloat", and to an extent, that is why we like the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While those features will have an adverse effect on the battery life, the major issue we have with the Gear is in compatibility. At launch, the only device that will support pairing with Gear is the Galaxy Note 3, but Samsung has confirmed it won't always be that way. 

During the announcement, Samsung did say that there would be software updates coming to the Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, and Note II, which will expand Galaxy Gear compatibility to those devices, but the company has confirmed that it will eventually bring compatibility to non-Samsung smartphones. Apparently, one major point is Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy compatibility. Many manufacturers have built-in the capability for Bluetooth LE, but Samsung says the Gear works with the support in Android 4.3. 

Of course, that leads to a question of why the Gear wouldn't work with the Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, or one of the Google Edition devices. The answer there is that there are some special programming interfaces built-into the Note 3 to allow for more advanced functionality between the Gear and Note 3 (we're assuming that refers to Samsung's Smart Relay feature.) 

But, Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan said that Samsung is "looking for additional devices to support it", and that support for more devices will come in time, but at first you will need a Galaxy Note 3. 

source: ReadWrite

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13 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

WoW samsung always suprises me with some new tech and features

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The more devices it supports, the better the chances are of the Galaxy Gear succeeding.

3. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

na i will wait for xbox team smartwatch

13. blakeraimer

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Naaaaaaaaaa

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes this is good otherwise Gear will fail.

5. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

samsung always innovating not like some other company that steals then says they invented it

8. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

lol incase you haven't heard this before microsoft was the first tech company to interduce smartwatches back in 2000 through SPOT then they stopped in 2008 and now they are coming back so samsung did not invent smartwatches

9. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

did i say they invented it get off your high horse and learn to read

11. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

im educating you you should be thanking me :P

12. blakeraimer

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Educate my face with your fist!!!!

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Can't blame Samsung here, it's so early days in advanced smarthwatch computing that it's actually pretty cool that the Gear will have dozens of installed apps communicating on launch. For low-energy solutions, BT4.0 and Android 4.3 is simply a requirement not many phones can pass, and SW has to be designed to a specific phone to allow all that versatile data to move between devices, incl. phone calls, messages, notifications, voice searches, synching, location data etc. Basically it's a platform to control your smartphone remotely that have so many security levels to pass that a simple app cannot do that, something going to the system core can. With that said, I'll just sit out and wait where Sammy takes us and how many developers Gear there stuff up, it can be a gimmick or an absolute winner based on the level of support.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This smartwatch is already a failure, you need to connect it to your phone to use it....EPIC FAIL. There other smartwatches out there that have sim, 3g, wifi, gps, 2mp camera, android 4.0 etc etc. So no need to connect to your phone, the watch itself is the phone. Look Burg 17 smartwatch up! http://burgsmartwatch.com/burg-17

10. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

your fail

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