In addition to the already compatible Note 3 and Galaxy S4 (thanks to already rolling out Android 4.3 update), Samsung is planning to bring Galaxy Gear compatibility to at least seven more Galaxy devices.
The company today stated in a press release that Galaxy S III and Note II will get Gear support with the upcoming Android 4.3 update for both the smartphones, however other Galaxy devices like Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom will get an independent software update to bring compatibility for the smartwatch.
“Extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver enriched mobile experiences to our consumers,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics. “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.”
The independent software update with Gear support for Galaxy devices will be available beginning the end-of-October.
Excerpt from the press release:
Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II users to make and answer calls and view incoming messages and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content. Users can also find major social apps on Samsung Apps to maintain connections to their social networks via Galaxy Gear.
With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap a visual memo by simply tapping Galaxy Gear’s screen. Photos are then easily and automatically saved in the master device’s gallery. Users can enjoy a built-in Pedometer app and use Galaxy Gear to control the music played on their master devices. Of course the device also functions like a watch, with the option to change the face with 10 different clock options and even more options available via Samsung Apps.