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Galaxy Gear Update Allows Notifications for All Android Apps

by Jacob Kleinman | November 15, 2013November 15, 2013 1:30 pm PST

Samsung Galaxy Gear-Side

One of our—and pretty much everyone else’s— biggest complaints with the Galaxy Gear was its extremely limited functionality. Samsung’s smartwatch felt extremely rushed at launch, and could only display notifications from a handful of pre-selected apps. The wearable device took a huge step forward today however, thanks to a software update that lets you pick and choose which apps will sync with the Galaxy Gear.

The new Gear Manager app is available through Samsung’s app store as a free update as long as you’ve already downloaded the latest firmware update. Once you’re all updated you can pick and choose which of your favorite apps will send notifications to Samsung’s smartwatch, from Hangouts and WhatsApp to eBay and Facebook. Literally any Android app that uses notifications can now be synced with the Galaxy Gear.

There are still plenty of problems with Samsung’s smartwatch, from the bulky design to its extremely limiting user interface, but this is a solid first step for the Galaxy Gear. If the South Korean company wants its first major wearable device to be a success giving more control to the users is a good first step.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...