Samsung renames Gear app as Galaxy Wearable, also fixing Android Pie compatibility issues

Samsung renames Gear app as Galaxy Wearable, also fixing Android Pie compatibility issues
Samsung’s Apple Watch “killer” has a new name, the same old software platform (sorry, Wear OS fans), a largely familiar design, incrementally upgraded specs, an identical release date as the Galaxy Note 9, and now a rebranded smartphone connection and management app.

Previously known as Samsung Gear, the Galaxy Wearable app available as a free Google Play download obviously adds Galaxy Watch support. That’s the only thing listed in the “what’s new” section after an August 14 update, but starting today, it also appears you can finally pair Android Pie handsets with Gear S3, S2, Gear Sport, Gear Fit 2, Gear Fit 2 Pro, and Gear IconX wearables.

All these smartwatches and activity trackers have had trouble connecting with phones running the latest OS version ever since Android P beta tests began, and the catastrophic compatibility bugs didn’t go away after the general release of stable 9.0 Pie either.

Basically, opening the old Samsung Gear app would result in crashes and random phone reboots for many users, forcing owners of the aforementioned Gear-branded devices to give up their advanced functionality.

That nightmare seems to be over, according to a few online reports, although it’s probably too early to be certain the issues have been universally ironed out for good. After all, there might be a reason why the app’s changelog doesn’t include any mention of Android 9 Pie support.

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10 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

6000 watch faces. Apple watch might have to go

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This update also brought Samsung Pay to Canada on the watch... Finally.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That Galaxy Watch is badass.

4. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The Gear S3 Classic is much better looking, plus the removal of MST was stupid.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

MST isn't needed with modern payment systems. And by modern I mean 10 years old...

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stop riding Samsung’s dick for just a few minutes, will you? If MST wasn’t needed it wouldn’t be included on the phones then, and just an FYI it was only about three or four years ago that Samsung bought LoopPay for that very MST technology, meaning there are still plenty of places in the USA that don’t use NFC.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well just like the headphone jack if you don't take these things away you can't push the future on people and business lol. Plus you answered your own point. MST is on the phone if you are to need it.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Unless you don’t have your phone with you.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ya, that happens a lot. Currently not hurting any other phone OEM users at all.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I preordered the 46mm thru Best Buy. I said the hell with it, and threw it on my Master Card. I sold my Classic a few months ago, cause it was having Bluetooth issues, but I couldn’t find any reports on any forums, so I think my unit had a hardware issue. I did buy it open box, so who knows what the previous owner might have done. Note 9, and a Galaxy Watch for me.

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