When it unveiled the Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 earlier this month, Samsung said that its new smartwatch is currently only compatible with the new Note phablet and tablet. It said that support for Galaxy S4 and other devices will come after Android 4.3 update for them is released, which is expected to happen next month. However, it appears that the basic functions of Galaxy Gear are already functional with the Galaxy S4, regardless of the fact that the official update that is going to bring compatibility hasn’t been released yet.
A video has surfaced online which shows off the Galaxy Gear’s basic functions working fine with the Galaxy S4. The smartwatch connects to the smartphone without any problem. Basic functions such as changing clock theme, reminder alerts, picture transfer and control of music playing on the smartphone all work. However, at this point in time, app support only appears to be working with the Galaxy Note 3. Regardless, the new smartwatch already offers basic connectivity with the Galaxy S4 right now. Samsung has reportedly started testing the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S4 and other devices, it is expected to release the update, which will bring Galaxy Gear compatibility in its entirety, next month.
|Key Specs||Galaxy S4|
|Processor/Soc Name||Exynos 5 Octa 5410, 8-core, quad-core 1.6 & quad-core 1.2 GHz|
|Street Price (Approx)||~ $255|
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|Max. Total Storage Capacity||128 GB|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||2600 mAh|
|Complete product data||Samsung Galaxy S4 Full specs and details|