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Samsung’s circular Gear S2 will support phones running Android 4.4 and up

by Brandon Russell | September 3, 2015September 3, 2015 10:00 am PDT

There’s been some confusion about Samsung’s new Gear S2, the company’s first foray into the exciting circular smartwatch market. The wearable runs Samsung’s Tizen UX, which means it’s compatible with the company’s own lineup of Galaxy devices, including the new Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus. But when it was announced, we weren’t sure if it would work with other Android devices.

We initially thought it would be a Samsung-only affair, but the company made a surprise announcement on Thursday to say the Gear S2 will also be compatible with phones running Android 4.4 and up—just make sure your device has 1.56GB of RAM and higher.

Samsung officially took the wraps of the Gear S2 at the end of last month, putting to rest months and months of rumors and leaks. Yes, the device sports a circular screen, and, yes, it also sports a rotating bezel, which just about seems like the most convenient way to navigate a smartwatch. We actually got our hands on the wearable at IFA this week, and it’s pretty great.

Even better is that Samsung is allowing Android fans—not just Samsung owners—to get in on the action. With all the major Android Wear announcements this week, Samsung may have been forced to open the Gear S2 to a wider audience. But we’re all better of for it.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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