Greatly expanded compatibility for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch makes it a better pick for business users.
Samsung announced today (Oct. 23) that the watch now works with a range of Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2. At its launch in September, the watch was compatible with a single device: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 handset.
Support for the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, S4 Zoom, Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 smartphones is coming by the end of the month.
The update means more users can take full advantage of the Galaxy Gear. That makes it a more viable option for business users in the market for a productivity-boosting smartwatch.
The Galaxy Gear functions as a companion device for your smartphone, bringing notifications straight to your wrist.
It can scan your existing accounts to notify you of incoming email or calendar events. That means business users are less likely to miss an important email, phone call or meeting.
A built-in microphone lets users dictate notes or perform hands-free searches on the fly.
And because personal data in your phone isn’t stored in the Galaxy Gear’s internal memory, taking it off while you hit the gym won’t compromise your business’ sensitive information.
Samsung’s watch, which runs on a modified version of Android, also supports Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant that pushes customizable notifications to you before you ask for them.
But the Galaxy Gear could face steep competition later this month, when rumors suggest Google will unveil a smartwatch of its own, code-named “Gem.”
Reports say Google’s watch will feature much deeper integration with Google Now and the rest of Google’s mobile app ecosystem.