More Support for Galaxy Gear, says Samsung

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch was announced at the beginning of last month, and has recently gone on sale. However, anyone wanting to try out one of the few smartwatches you can actually buy in the shops, had to own a Galaxy Note 3 smartphone/tablet hybrid to do so.

This is because of the Gear’s insistence on Android 4.3, and in Samsung’s current range, the most up-to-date version of Google’s operating system is only found on the Note 3. While Samsung has already confirmed 4.3 Jelly Bean, and thus Galaxy Gear support, the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 2 had been reported as the only supporting handsets, however that’s changed today.

Samsung has announced another round of Android 4.3 updates will be coming soon. The lucky devices are, the Galaxy S4 Active, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the Galaxy S4 Mini and both the 5.8 and 6.4-inch Galaxy Mega phones.

Samsung has said it will start delivering the update in late October, but that will probably be to networks, rather than the phones themselves. Usually, approval by networks can take between several weeks to several months, so if we’re lucky, these updates should arrive in time for Christmas.

The Galaxy Gear joins the Sony SmartWatch 2 as the two main smartwatches easily purchased in the UK, and comes with a 1.63-inch touchscreen, a 1.9-megapixel camera, a pedometer and support for various specially written apps. If you’re interested in knowing more, you can check out our comprehensive review here.

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