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Out of the gate, the Samsung Galaxy Gear has made for the tough sell. It's hard enough to justify dropping $299 on a watch, but it's even more difficult to shell out that much on one that only pairs with a single device. Customers who don't want the Galaxy Note 3 or aren't ready to cut the cord on their current handsets have thus far been out of luck. Of course, Samsung has been upfront from the beginning that it planned to release support for slightly older Galaxy devices down the road. Now the company has supplied more of a timeframe.

Galaxy Gear compatibility will come lumped with the update to Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4, S3, and the Note II, just as it already did for German Galaxy S4s earlier this month.

Android 4.3 Update Changelog

Samsung Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II will get the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. For Galaxy S III and Note II, new capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia, as well as new updates to Samsung features and applications, including:

• Samsung KNOX, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)

• Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices

• HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are

• Group Play 2.5 with shared video support 

Support will come to the S4 mini, S4 Active, S4 zoom, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and possible other devices through a separate software update. These improvements will start rolling out at the end of this month, but specific times will vary depending on which country you live in and which carrier sold you the phone.

Source: Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • EH101

    Still not worth $300. Don't think any smart watch will ever command such a price, really.

  • Anu6is

    That watch is begging for an Apple remake...

  • Albin Hermansson

    One option is making it available for all phones. You know that, right Samsung?

    • Jadephyre

      I doubt they will do that officially, it's in the hands of the community I guess.
      Samsung doesn't want to put and end to the exclusivity.

  • beatles

    will it Lag? Lag more? paired with another touchwiz enabled device, sure it will !

  • Dillon Lawrence

    What about the 2012 Note 10.1? That will probably also be included.

  • Dreamcasting

    So Note II and S3 users on Verizon will never get the update.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    And no one cares since it was and still is overpriced to begin with.

  • Vítek Petrů

    I just will be happy when they give me my 4.3...

  • Spinkick

    Arent most watches worth a shit 300+ I love the thing. Its well thought out after you use it. Granted, you need a note 3 so its good they are expanding on that. Using the app on the phone to make changes on the watch is actually really great.

  • Jeremy K. Nichols

    Finally can use with my G4!

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