News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 23, 2013.
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The main problem with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, aside from the almost universal dislike of the product from the online tech circle of reviewers, is that the smart watch worked only with the Galaxy Note 3 when it debuted. Samsung is now adding compatibility to several other devices.
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Gear is expanding to connect to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II. The bad news is that those phones gain full compatibility through the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, meaning many potential Gear buyers will have to wait until their carriers provide the updates, a process that can take a long time to complete, especially in the United States. Samsung may have the capability of connecting its smartphones and smart watch in more meaningful ways, but not until carriers stop dragging their feet with software updates.
Next up for Samsung will be adding Galaxy Gear connectivity to the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom. That update will take place at the end of this month, but the rollout for that software update will also vary by country and only take place at the whim of carriers in many markets. The slowdown is disappointing because Samsung is currently running advertisements that are clearly connecting with buyers, but millions of potential customers cannot purchase the Galaxy Gear unless they upgrade the Galaxy Note 3, something that seems unnecessary for people who are already content with their current Samsung devices. It's a shame because those devices could be enhanced by the Galaxy Gear.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.