Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear smartwatch was originally only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition when it launched last month and now Samsung has rolled out compatibility to older Samsung devices.
The Galaxy Gear will be made compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II through the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The Galaxy Gear will also be made compatible with older Galaxy devices, such as the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy S4 Zoom through an additional update which launches at the end of October.
JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics, said:
“Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver our consumers enriched mobile experiences. Through a significant effort to enhance and enrich Samsung Galaxy experience, Samsung continues to empower our users to have smart freedom in their mobile lives with Galaxy Gear.”
Full press release below.
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SAMSUNG EXTENDS GALAXY GEAR COMPATIBILITY TO GALAXY S III, GALAXY S4, GALAXY NOTE II, AND MORE
Samsung provides more users with enhanced flexibility and freedom via extended Galaxy Gear compatibility
London, UK – Oct 23, 2013 – Samsung Electronics today announced that more Samsung devices will be made compatible with the Galaxy Gear, a companion device that makes mobile communication easier and more enjoyable.
The Galaxy Gear will be available to use with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II through the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. Samsung will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other Galaxy devices – including the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom – through a separate software update beginning globally at the end of October. Software update schedules for each device will vary by country and carrier.
“Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver our consumers enriched mobile experiences,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics. “Through a significant effort to enhance and enrich Samsung Galaxy experience, Samsung continues to empower our users to have smart freedom in their mobile lives with Galaxy Gear.”
Samsung Galaxy Gear
The Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy 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 the 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.
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
The Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II will get the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. For Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, the new capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia, as well as new updates to Samsung features and applications, including:
- · Samsung Knox*, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (*Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung Enterprise KNOX in select countries.)
- · Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices
- · HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are
- · Group Play 2.5 with shared video support