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Despite unfavorable review, Samsung will continue to support Galaxy Gear, company's first ever Android powered smartwatch. The first-generation Galaxy Gear is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and that's the only reason why consumers did not show their love for the intelligent watch. But in the coming days, Samsung will allow the Galaxy Gear to work with more Galaxy handsets.
Few days back, Samsung updated its flagship handset, Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Now the tech vendor is ready to expand its Galaxy Gear compatibility with six devices including Galaxy S3, Note 2, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy S4 Mini.
Samsung India says the software update for each device will vary. The company will push firmware updates (Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy S4 zoom) in the month of November.
"The Galaxy Gear is designed and optimized for use with other Galaxy devices to create a seamless experience for our users. Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to six Galaxy devices reflects our commitment to delivering more Samsung smartphone users with enhanced flexibility and freedom, thus enriching their mobile experience," said Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Mobiles at Samsung Electronics.
The press release only mentions about "Galaxy Gear compatibility software" for respective Galaxy devices. All the above mentioned five Galaxy handsets have to have Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, only then the Galaxy Gear will be compatible. The Galaxy Gear works with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean compatible phones. Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 support Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy (LE) technology, and thus each compatible device need to be updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy Gear- Specifications overview
Samsung Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Under the hood, there is a single core 800MHZ processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory.
Samsung promises up to 25 + hours of battery backup. Samsung Galaxy Gear comes in six dashing colors.
A solid metallic frame (or dial) gives the watch solid feel. It's little chunky and over the top. You can change rubberized wrist bands as per your choice. The watch also comes with a 1.9-mega pixel BSI sensor and 10-second 720p HD video recording is also possible. The makers have added a 315mAh non-removable battery.
The control scheme is quite interesting. You can control the watch via your voice. There are two mics built-in for noise cancellation. Also add a loud speaker. Samsung S Voice is also compatible with Gear smart watch.
The Galaxy Gear is now available at a price of Rs. 22,990. Click here to know more about Samsung Galaxy Gear.
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