As Google is rumored to be preparing its own new smart watch device, Samsung is finally improving the functionality of its Galaxy Gear. Samsung announced today that a software update will soon enable the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II smartphones to interface with the Gear.
The update will be pushed out to customers sometime "in the coming weeks." The actual timing of the software update will depend on individual mobile carriers, which are notoriously slow at providing updates for customers. The Gear compatibility update will also be coming to the Galaxy S 4 Mini and Galaxy Mega smartphone "in the coming months."
The Galaxy Gear was announced back in September at the IFA conference in Berlin. The watch has a 1.63-inch display, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Despite the watch's impressive hardware specs, the device's features were mainly limited to notification messages, memos, and phone calls. The device was also limited to functioning with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 smartphone or the latest version of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
The new software update will also come with more than just Gear compatibility. The smartphones will be upgraded to Android 4.3 and "additional features" such as Samsung's "Easy Mode," "Mulit Window" support, and new camera options will also be added. The update will also make the smartphones "ready" for KNOX, Samsung's enterprise security software.