Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Gear can now work as a companion device to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, thanks to an Android 4.3 update that started rolling out to the companies recent flagship devices starting last week. In an official press release, the company also promised a separate update coming later this month to make the new smartwatch compatible with even more devices, including the Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3 and S4 zoom.
The news will likely boost sales for Samsung’s first smartwatch, which received early criticism for only working with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), meaning anyone who wanted to try out the wearable device had to buy a new smartphone or tablet as well. We expect sales numbers to increase now that the millions of Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 owners out there can sync their handsets with the Galaxy Gear.
The Galaxy Gear still has its problems though, from its bulky design to limited functionality and a lack of apps at launch. Samsung may have rushed the device into production before it was ready, in an effort to beat Apple out the gate, and it shows. A recent report suggests Samsung could release a second-generation Gear as soon as Jan. 2014, offering the device at a lower price and configuring it to work with earlier versions of Android.