Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will now work with reasonably-sized phones

Galaxy Gear GraySamsung’s new smartwatch hasn’t exactly garnered rave reviews, and one of the criticisms of the device is that the only way to make it work was to carry either the significantly-sized Galaxy Note 3, or the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with you anywhere you wanted the Gear to work. For those people who like phones that are small enough to fit comfortably into a hipster-sized jeans pocket, Samsung’s message was “tough luck.” Until today.

Now, Samsung says that you don’t need a phablet or tablet to carry the Galaxy Gear. According to a press release, the company is now rolling out compatibility with its smartwatch alongside the Android 4.3 update for phones like the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2. In addition, variants on the S4, including the S4 Active, will be getting the ability to interface with the Gear in an update coming later this month.

That move greatly broadens the audience for the $199 Galaxy Gear, especially among Samsung’s massive existing install base. It also means that if you want a Galaxy Gear, you have a wider breadth of compatible phones to choose from.

  • Out For Justice

    Why do I need this? I have a $35 watch that tells me the time and keeps track of how fast I run. Now Samsung is saying I need to carry two devices for this…

  • justin

    you need this if u use runkeeper and to avoid taking ur phone out of ur bag when it can tell u everything when doing activities , this helps taking pictures and giving out orders without having to take out ur phone that is time consuming from opening it from ur lockscreen to the app to whatever it is ur doing when u can take plans / call back reminder from any-do and more