Mar 18 AT 1:22 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

New Samsung Gear devices might be compatible with non-Galaxy phones

Group_Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo (Resized

The biggest problem with Samsung’s smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, was its lack of compatibility. When released, it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3. Though the Galaxy S III, S4 and Note II received updates to add compatibility, that’s still only a handful of devices. Everyone without a modern Samsung flagship couldn’t use this smartwatch, which was a shame. Any other smartwatch works with any Android device, and sometimes even iOS.

Samsung announced three new smartwatches at Mobile World Congress, and instead of Android, they’re running Tizen. We thought this could mean something for compatibility, but it’s the same story as last year. However, the head of Samsung’s European product team said that there is the possibility that these new smartwatches would be compatible with other Android devices. The wording is strange, but the meaning is hard to miss. When asked if the new Gear smartwatches would be compatible with devices from other manufacturers, he replied “I don’t know what the roadmap is for that, but I’m confident that that would be the case.”

If Samsung can actually add compatibility for other Android devices to the new line of Gear watches, I think it would boost sales significantly. People seem to be pretty fond of the Gear Fit, so this could help Samsung out in the long run. We can hope.

Via: SamMobile

Source: Android Planet

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • troysyx

    Well, its too late now samsung. I was hoping you would have done that from the beginning. Now that Google Wear is announced and there are very attractive devices coming later this year, you Gear watches are not even on my radar anymore.

    • clocinnorcal

      How can any manufacturer running Android as their primary OS cut off the rest of the Android community from compatibility? Samsung is moving down my list more and more these days.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Google Wear sucks monkey balls like they will ever be able to compare. Google Wear nothing more than another battery draining product made by Google.

      • Orion78

        Just stop already. Android wear destroys those crappy toys called Galaxy Gear. Battery drain? Have you used one yet? The answer is no moron. Have you seen the moto 360? That watch alone puts Samsung’s crap to shame. Just another senseless rant by a senseless idiot.

      • squiddy20

        Based on the “plain and simple” fact that no products utilizing Google Wear have been released, and we have no idea what the battery life will be like, you are so full of shit. Just another ignorant wishful fanboy comment. Period.

      • Eric Shen

        Lol just looking at the ugly mugg of yours makes me want to vomit.

  • redraider133

    They should be. That was what held me back from purchasing the gear. Make it compatible with more devices and you have the potential for more sales.

  • donger

    Eh, don’t care too much for Samsung’s watches.

  • Gunnar Forsgren

    According to the SDK info on this page:
    it seems once all these features are really supported by the SDK (for now it can only support preparing HTML based watch apps) then it looks like Samsung will allow phone side apps other than the Samsung Gear Manager app to talk to the wearable over Bluetooth. In any case it will require a modern phone with Android 4.3 or higher (Bluetooth Low Energy support). And it will take some year until those are dominating the market.

  • tshepo

    Can the gear 2 work with Z30 blackberry phone? Please any help