Galaxy Gear already compatible with the Galaxy S4, most basic functions work well


Last updated: September 26th, 2013 at 16:19 UTC+02:00

It seems Samsung hasn’t been totally forthcoming with us regarding the Galaxy Gear’s compatibility with devices other than the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The company has stated that compatibility of the Gear with the Galaxy S4 (and other devices) will arrive via a software update next month, but it turns out that the Gear is already compatible with the Galaxy S4.

The folks over at Planete Galaxy decided to do a test, and the Galaxy S4 managed to connect to the Galaxy Gear without a hiccup. Many functions work, such as changing the clock theme, controlling music playing on the phone from the watch, transferring pictures, and even reminder alerts. It was thought that the Gear would be compatible only with devices running on Android 4.3 (as that’s the Android version which enables Bluetooth 4.0 LE, used by the Galaxy Gear to connect to devices), but as you can see in the video, that is clearly not the case.

However, at the moment, app support seems to be working only for the Galaxy Note 3, but hey, at least we know that if someone decides to fork out the cash for the Gear without purchasing the Note 3, they’ll be able to use all the basic functions until the compatibility update arrives.


PhoneWatch Galaxy GearGalaxy S4
Load comments

Related News

As it moves to Wear OS, Samsung wants owners of its first Android watc …

  • By Abhijeet M.
  • 3 months ago

Samsung will pay $10 to Galaxy S4 owners for manipulating benchmark sc …

  • By Naresh
  • 2 years ago

10 years of Samsung Galaxy S flagships: Looking back at the Galaxy S4!

  • By Abhijeet M.
  • 3 years ago

Facebook integration in Gallery and other apps ending June 30 for old …

  • By Abhijeet M.
  • 3 years ago

Samsung patents a smartwatch with a wristband display

  • By Josh L.
  • 4 years ago

Pay to Play: An examination of Samsung’s rising smartphone prices

  • By Deidre R.
  • 5 years ago

Samsung smartphones score top five positions in research and testing s …

  • By Adnan F.
  • 5 years ago

T-Mobile rolls out February security patch for the Galaxy S4 and the G …

  • By Adnan F.
  • 5 years ago