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