Samsung announces expanded Galaxy Gear support and Android 4.3 updates

Summary:Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a well-designed product that needs more work on the software and connectivity to devices. The upcoming Premium Suite update for Galaxy smartphones adds Gear connectivity.

Samsung announces expanded Galaxy Gear support and Android 4.3 updates
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One of the frustrations with the Samsung Galaxy Gear — see my full review  — is the limited connectivity to the Note 3.

Today, Samsung announced that the Premium Suite software will be coming to the Galaxy S4, Note II, and Galaxy S III in the coming weeks with Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear connectivity support.

Samsung has released Premium Suite upgrades in the past and like those updates, this one brings advanced functionality to current and recent generation Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung also stated that the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega will receive a Galaxy Gear update in the coming months.

In addition to Galaxy Gear compatibility and Android 4.3, the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III will see Easy Mode, Multi-Window enhancements, advanced camera options, and more new features to match what consumers with the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 experience today.

Timing for Premium Suite and features in the software updates will vary by wireless carrier and product model.

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Topics: Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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