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Samsung Galaxy Gear update rolling out to US models, improved notifications in tow

7 months ago 14

Stop what you’re doing and look down at your wrist. If there’s a Samsung Galaxy Gear staring back at you, then you’ll want to fire up either the watch’s update functionality or Samsung’s Kies software on your computer. Samsung is now pushing out an update to Galaxy Gear units in the US that brings with it improved notifications for apps not made by Samsung itself. For example, a Gmail alert on the Gear will allow users to actually see the name of the sender and the body of the email.

The news gets even better from there. Samsung has blended a few other big improvements into this MK7 update. That includes improved range and connection, quicker S Voice search and better battery life, which is perhaps one of the best bullet points that a company can include in its update changelog.

This update is similar to the one that began rolling out to international Galaxy Gears last month. It’s nice to see that the new software has finally made its way to wrists in the US. With so many Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices receiving updates that add Galaxy Gear compatibility, anyone who decides to treat themselves to a Gear for the holidays will get to enjoy this update and its expanded notifications out of the box. As for those of you that already have a Gear, well, what are you still doing here? Go update!