Galaxy Gear will be compatible with Galaxy S 4, S III and Note II soon; but how soon?
You’d wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can’t pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn’t use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that’s rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn’t really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the watch to work with their current device.
Today, Samsung has issued a press release that ensures their Galaxy Gear will be compatible with the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, through their respective updates to Android 4.3 in late October and November. The funny thing is that we already knew that, and really can’t understand why Samsung is making this an official public release. Regardless, the good news is that the list of compatible devices won’t end there, as smartphones like the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom will also be supported in an update that’s expected in late October.
What’s the catch? Well, the fact that these dates for Android 4.3 only apply to devices that were purchased outside of US carriers. Those of you who join me in owning AT&T variants, or variants of any other major US carrier will have a longer road in waiting for this to work. A road which we wish we could give you specific dates for, but which we still haven’t confirmed.
Via: Engadget (PR Text included)