Galaxy Gear update seriously beefs-up notification support
Little by little, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been coming into its own. Updates have finally started arriving for pre-Note-3 handsets in order to bring them Gear compatibility, and now today we learn of the arrival of an update for the Gear Manager app, dramatically improving the quality of notifications.
After all, getting notifications right on your wrist is one of the big reasons a lot of people are interested in smartwatches, but the implementation on the Galaxy Gear thus far has left more than a bit to be desired – for most apps, all you could get on the watch was an announcement that a notification was present on your phone, though not revealing the actual contents (the oh-so-helpful screen shown above).
The new Gear Manager update lets you finally see all those notifications on the Gear itself, while giving you tools to decide just which apps should be able to connect with the Gear in this manner – maybe some notifications you just don’t want on wrist.
In order to work with this release, we understand that the watch itself must be running Samsung’s latest firmware, which started going out a couple weeks ago.