Samsung plans to expand support for the Galaxy Gear next month starting with the Galaxy S4.
When the wraps were taken off of the Galaxy Gear earlier this month at an event in Berlin, it struck everyone as slightly odd that it only supported the upcoming Galaxy Note 3. Speaking with the Korean Times, Lee Don-joo, the president of Samsung’s strategic marketing for mobile business, stated that beginning next month that support would increase to more devices, “All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December.” Good news for those on those devices who were wondering why they had been left out of the Galaxy Gear fun.
However, before you rejoice at this news that you may get to use the Galaxy Gear with your device, you may want to wait for a new generation before you do so. An unnamed Samsung official gave a statement to the same report stating, “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.” This comment was prompted by recent reports that Samsung was hiring more experts to work on the user interface and experience for the Galaxy Gear. We’ve even heard rumors that a Galaxy Gear 2 could be released in early 2014.
While it’s great to see that Samsung is going to expand support for the Galaxy Gear, it does seem to be increasingly obvious that this product was rushed into the marketplace. Perhaps even another six months incubating would have done it a world of good, but, for now, it looks like the first Galaxy Gear is truly just going to be for early adopters.