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S4 gets Galaxy Gear upgrade

Samsung has announced an upgrade for the Android 4.3 operating system that makes its Galaxy Gear smart watch compatible with Galaxy S4 smartphones.

Galaxy S4 customers will now be able to enjoy compatibility with Galaxy Gear, the perfect companion device that makes mobile communication easier and more enjoyable.

‚”Extending Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to deliver an enriched mobile experience to our consumers,‚” said Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa. ‚”This upgrade will also offer new improvements and optimisation capabilities and these enhancements will empower our users in their mobile lives and enable smart freedom with Galaxy Gear.‚”

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4 users to make and answer calls and view incoming alerts and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content. Users can also find major social apps on Samsung Apps to maintain connections to their social networks via Galaxy Gear.

With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap a visual memo by simply tapping Galaxy Gear’s screen. Photos are then easily and automatically saved in the master device’s gallery. Users can enjoy a built-in Pedometer app and use Galaxy Gear to control the music played on their master devices. Of course the device also functions like a watch, with the option to change the face with 10 different clock options and even more options available via Samsung Apps.

The update will be available for Galaxy S4 via KIES as the preferred method, FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) or users can visit their nearest Samsung Smart Care Service Centre where representatives can assist with the upgrade.

‚”We work closely with local operators before releasing operating system updates to ensure a positive user experience. Therefore, we would like to urge users of other Samsung handsets to be patient for more information on official launch dates for upgrades, which will be communicated as it becomes available. We would also like to caution users to be aware that rooting a device will impact the validity of the warranty,‚” says Fleischer.


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