Many Samsung Gear wearables are incompatible with Android Pie phones

Many Samsung Gear wearables are incompatible with Android Pie phones
Just like Wear OS smartwatches, Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear wearables are technically compatible with both Android handsets and iPhones. But although the combination of a Gear S3 and iPhone X, for instance, is typically not ideal, the two will still work together better than Samsung’s watches currently function when connected to certain Android phones.

That’s because many owners of the Gear S3, S2, Gear Sport, and even Gear IconX are complaining their wearable devices refuse to play nice with Android 9 Pie. This has apparently been going on for several months now, and although Samsung promised the issue would be contained before Android P beta tests concluded, here we are. 

The official Pie update has started to roll out to Google’s Pixel devices and the Essential Phone, and the bug still hasn’t gone away. It’s a serious glitch too, reportedly crashing and randomly rebooting phones running the latest Android OS version when trying to connect them to a Samsung Gear wearable.

Of course, different users are reporting different manifestations of this critical bug, all seemingly deriving from the main Samsung Gear app. It appears the best course of action for now is to leave that untouched if nothing’s wrong with your connection. Meanwhile, Samsung continues to investigate the cause, promising a fix... since forever. Any day now!

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8 Comments

1. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

The Gear app just crashes immediately since I updated to Pie.

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Is it really an issue with the Gears, or is it really Google sneakily hurting Samsung for not making the switch to Wear OS????

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Serves Samsung right for not having their own OS. Daddy Google can spank Samsung whenever the mood strikes.

4. haydenb

Posts: 139; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

It was working on Beta but when i updated to the official build of Pie the gear app crashes at first i thought it was the watch so i did a reset big mistake now i have a $300 paperweight right now until Samsung decides to fix this bug. Thanks for NOTHING samsung

5. burkett375

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

If only Google had a program where they give out the prerelease software where these bugs could be found. Maybe call it the Android beta program and issue several builds, make it public, etc., So that poor Samsung won't be surprised next time

7. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Right! Because Android P covers 1000000000% of market and was not just released on limited number of devices. People will die on the street, anarchism everywhere you look and so on. Tragedy exists and will remain there forever, as per PA "article". /s

8. Stego

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 10, 2018

Yeah Samsung has been promising for months now that they would fix it. I can guarantee you it will be fixed by August 24th as this is the official release of their Galaxy Watch and they can't afford another debacle with ANY of their merchandise. I just went on ahea6and picked up the ticwatch pro off Amazon it does the same thing as the gear s3 but no LTE of which drained my battery anyway so I won't be missing that. I can make payments with the ticwatch as well with Google Pay and the battery last forever. So long Samsung sucker me once is all you get. Never again will I invest in any of your products.

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