Samsung expanding Galaxy Gear smartwatch compatibility to the Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 and many others

Samsung expanding Galaxy Gear smartwatch compatibility to the Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 and many others
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch wasn't much of use for anyone but Note 3 owners until recently, but that is all about to change, as Samsung announced compatibility with its most popular handsets.

Galaxy Gear will be now compatible to those Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II owners who got the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update that started rolling out in Germany first.

Later on this month, a whole stable of Samsung phones will also start to get the compatibility update. These include the Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom. Of course, as usual, the update availability will roll out gradually through countries and carriers, but the wheels are in motion, so if you sport any of the phones mentioned, you will soon be able to flaunt a Galaxy Gear on your wrist, too.


Samsung Extends Galaxy Gear Compatibility to Galaxy S III, S4, Note II, and More

October 23, 2013

Samsung provides more users with enhanced flexibility and freedom via extended Galaxy Gear compatibility

Seoul, Korea - Oct 23, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced that more Samsung devices will be compatible with Galaxy Gear, a perfect companion device that makes mobile communication easier and more enjoyable.

Galaxy Gear will be available for use with Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II through the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. The update came first to Galaxy S4 devices in Germany in October. Samsung will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other GALAXY devices – including Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom – through a separate software update beginning at the end of October. Software update schedules for each device will vary by country and carrier.

"Extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver enriched mobile experiences to our consumers," said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics. "Through a significant effort to enhance and enrich the Galaxy experience, Samsung continues to empower our users in their mobile lives and enable smart freedom with Galaxy Gear."

Samsung Galaxy Gear
Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II users to make and answer calls and view incoming messages and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content. Users can also find major social apps on Samsung Apps to maintain connections to their social networks via Galaxy Gear.

With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap a visual memo by simply tapping Galaxy Gear's screen. Photos are then easily and automatically saved in the master device's gallery. Users can enjoy a built-in Pedometer app and use Galaxy Gear to control the music played on their master devices. Of course the device also functions like a watch, with the option to change the face with 10 different clock options and even more options available via Samsung Apps.

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17 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wait for next Gears for more smartness.

2. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Finally! Great work on Samsung's part. Still, it is quite expensive and not that useful. Can't wait too see other manufacturers having a go at smartwatches.

3. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Samsung don't leave the galaxy s2 alone.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

The Galaxy S2 is done for. It's a 2.5 year old device that was supported for a full 2 years. Be happy with that. I can't think of any Android device up until this point that received updates longer.

15. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Sounds like a barely year old Note 10.1 is also too old, I quess... No news about getting it work with Gear - a tablet size phone and incompatible with Gear. So sad... But so typical behaviour from Samsung, they totally forgot their customers who have huge phones carried in bags and Gear was definitely a needed accessory for Note 10.1. A premium price device and only premium was the price. It is even incompatible with the new SNote :/

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

The first Note 10.1 has the same processor as the Note 2, just clocked at a lower speed. The fact that Samsung hasn't announced whether or not it's receiving 4.3 does not mean it's not. Be patient.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Great support by Samsung :) Updating whole lot of phones to Android4.3 before certain manufacturers have even updated their flagships!

13. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Lucky you. I have a tablet sized phone (10.1.. n8000) and no news about getting an update. And Note 10.1 is a definitely a phone which needs Gear.

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

they are not being good guys, just don't have a choice. Either support more devices, or get stuck with an inventory of wonder woman bracelets.

7. batman888

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

even you dumb iSuckers dont have a choice.It is only rotten Apple that you think of

9. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Don't be a douche bag. Just people someone says truth, you brand them iFans. What a bunch of idiots.

12. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Thx you, what an idiot, I don't even own Apple devices.

8. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I like the fact that they're going to send updates to other Samsung phones like the Note 2 and S3 for the Galaxy Gear. The only problem I have with the SmartWatch is the price. I'd pay no more than $200 for the Galaxy Gear.

10. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This was always in the plans to support these devices. Why is everyone so excited and acting like this is brand new news?

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Its not "brand new" news, but Samsung thought about the Galaxy Gear being compatible with older devices. Like I said, I like the idea, but price will prevent people from buying it right now

14. sguyx

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well... I would definitely be excited if my phone, Note 10.1, would get the update needed to work with Gear. Im more like frustrated, a barely year old device and no news about getting update...

17. tezzly

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

If you have an at&t or the international Galaxy Note 2 you can already update to 4.3. Its pretty easy heres a guild for the At&t one: youtube.com/watch?v=e-m0KepXuPA&feature=share&list​=UUZSjG3KTUBvvAEl8tvCwiXw

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