Updates to Galaxy smartphones will bring Gear compatibility and Android 4.3
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch launched earlier this month, and whilst it is a functional and pretty piece of kit, the major downside was in it being locked down completely to the new Galaxy Note 3. This made Samsung’s target market for the Gear incredibly narrow, the high price in combination with a new handset also likely to put off a number of interested parties as well.
Thankfully Samsung provided a press release yesterday outlining their plans to bring Galaxy Gear compatibility to the most recent range of Galaxy handsets. If you have a Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2, S4 Mini, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, S4 Zoom or S4 Active then you’re in luck. OTA software updates will be rolling out soon as this snippet states:
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
The release mentions that the update for the Galaxy S4 is beginning in Germany; here at Clove UK we can confirm that our in-house Gear is now able to connect to a recently updated UK SIM free Galaxy S4 as well.
The Note 2, Galaxy S3 & S4 will also receive Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as part of this update. They will be moved up from 4.2.x and find new features including easier text input and updated graphics and multimedia. Certain Samsung features and apps will also get an overhaul including:
- Samsung KNOX*, Samsung’s comprehensive enterprise & consumer security solution
- Smart Switch transfers content from other smartphones to Samsung devices
- HomeSync to store & share content securely between devices outside of a home network
- Group Play 2.5 with shared video support
*Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries