Oct 28, 2013 04:54 PM EDT
As promised, Samsung today began its phased rollout of expanded compatibility for the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Devices slated to receive the update include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III.
Though some users will begin seeing the update as early today, Samsung has stated that the full rollout will take place over the course of the next few weeks. Unfortunately, the Premium Suite update does not affect the Galaxy S4 Mini or Galaxy Mega, so owners of those devices hoping to pair up with Gear will need to hold out for a while longer.
“Galaxy Gear extends the Galaxy smartphone experience to your wrist and enhances everyday moments with real time updates for quick and convenient access. Now, owners of the latest Galaxy smartphones will be able to stay connected with discreet notifications and tap into the exceptional features of Galaxy Gear, such as hands-free calling, music control and S Voice access,” Samsung said in a press statement.
According to Samsung, the Premium Suite software update will also upgrade devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, as well as deliver compatibility with the company’s KNOX platform for corporate clients.
“In addition to Galaxy Gear compatibility, Samsung's Premium Suite will bring Android 4.3 and additional features to these premiere smartphones. The update brings the flagship experiences introduced on the Galaxy S 4 to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III including updated Easy Mode, Multi Window, advanced camera options, and additional features with new functionality.”
Samsung has promised to roll out compatibility for the GS4 Mini and Galaxy Mega “in the coming months.” For those looking for more concrete details about the rollout’s schedule, the company is encouraging users to contact their carriers directly.
While many will surely welcome news of expanded compatibility for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the development will likely do little to allay some of the scathing criticism the device has garnered so far. Namely, users have complained that the smartwatch lacks basic functionality, such as an email app or integration with social networks, and that its $300 price tag is wildly out of proportion with its spec sheet.
Geek.com has reported that nearly a third of Galaxy Gear owners have returned their smartwatch.
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