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Samsung admits Galaxy Gear ‘lacks something special,’ will support Galaxy S4 starting next month

When you launch a product that is the first of its kind for your company, chances are it won’t quite prove to be a hit and will likely need a few more iterations before consumers warm up to it. That seems to be the case for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which was unveiled at IFA and launched worldwide yesterday with the company admitting that its first smartwatch hasn’t lived up to expectations, and that is “lacks something special.”

“We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special,” an unnamed Samsung exec told the Korea Times. “With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.” Samsung hasn’t exactly been expecting the Galaxy Gear to be a success, aiming for only 3 sales of the Gear for every 10 Galaxy Note 3 sold (the only device it is currently compatible for, apart from the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition), and is reportedly already working on a second-generation model, but it wasn’t until now that the company admitted that the Gear isn’t the breakthrough smartwatch they were hoping for.

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Samsung also confirmed that the Galaxy Gear will be made compatible with the Galaxy S4 next month, and with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 by the end of December. This means that despite the Android 4.3 update for both the Galaxy S3 and S4 scheduled for October, it won’t be until the end of the year that the Gear becomes compatible with all Samsung’s yesteryear flagships.

What do you guys think of the Galaxy Gear? Did it live up to your expectations, or do you think it’s destined to be a dud?

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pizzaman
pizzaman

What it lacks is everything the omate has: real waterproof, gps, ability to run all pay store apps on the phone itself, a 5mp camera, the list goes on and on

coolaide
coolaide

They should have bought Blackberry and put BB10 on that watch. Would have been the perfect UI

Ultramag69
Ultramag69

Has Samsung gotten in bed with Apple or something? Designing a Smart watch that doesn’t connect with any but 1 Phone from their rather extensive line.
Then they start locking down the system with a new bootloader and KNOX in the S4… Really Samsung, are you actively trying to get rid of your hardcore fan base?

gtone339
gtone339

Design needs to be more unique…

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

The only thing it’s lacking is compatibility with the Note 2, the S4 and the S3–at *least*.

They really should have made it to work with all of those from the start. Other than that, it’s a perfect companion to those, and even other, Galaxy devices. People will, of course, complain about the price but that’s neither here nor there.