One of the glaringly negative aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Gear is that it’s only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with ownership of the phablet effectively acting as a prerequisite for smartwatch action.
But, as promised, Samsung is bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to other Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and others.
In a press release issued earlier today, Samsung explains that Galaxy Gear compatibility will come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II via the Jelly Bean Android 4.3 update.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Jelly Bean Android 4.3 update, incidentally, started rolling out a few days ago, with our cousins in Germany being front of the queue. Presumably they put some towels down in advance.
Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility will extend to further Galaxy devices “through a separate software update” at the end of October. The lucky devices include the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy S4 Zoom.
"Extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver enriched mobile experiences to our consumers," screams JK Shin.
"Through a significant effort to enhance and enrich the Galaxy experience, Samsung continues to empower our users in their mobile lives and enable smart freedom with Galaxy Gear."
Yes, the same Galaxy Gear that Samsung concedes “lacks something special”.