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  • Samsung Announces Update which Adds Galaxy Gear Support to More Phones


    Samsung recently announced an update to its Premium Suite software package, making it available to owners of its Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 devices, adding support for its Galaxy Gear smart watch to the handsets. Alongside Galaxy Gear support, the update will also bring Android 4.3 to the devices, and Samsung promises the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Mega will also receive the Premium Suite revision.

    The announcement appears to be welcomed news for Samsung device owners who want to get their hands on the company’s smart watch, though that group’s membership rolls are reportedly dwindling. According to a report from Geek.com, Best Buy outlets stocking the Galaxy Gear appear to be facing return rates of up to 30%. The website notes that Samsung is concerned about this figure and has asked employees of its Best Buy stores-within-a-store to help ascertain the reasons for the high incidence of dissatisfaction from consumers. It doesn’t seem to be a surprise that something like this would happen though as the device has been widely panned by the tech media since its unveiling last month, not just for its limited list of compatible phones either.

    Many people have taken issue with nearly every aspect of the device, from its $300 price tag to the reportedly short-lived battery and the watch’s user interface design. David Pogue of The New York Times went as far as calling the device "a human-interface train wreck," saying that "nobody will buy this watch, and nobody should." Samsung is said to have rushed the Gear out the door to beat Apple’s rumored iWatch to the market. The Cupertino California company has been rumored to have a team of more than 100 employees working on a wrist-worn device and has augmented their internal resources by bringing domain experts like former Yves St Laurent CEO Paul Deneve and fitness guru Jay Blahnik on board to help.

    Do you think the said update will help Samsung with its Galaxy Gear line?

    Source: Geek.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Announces Update which Adds Galaxy Gear Support to More Phones started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I've gotta say, you Android peeps aren't making Android sound as great as you would like us, Fanboys, to believe!

      If I were a normal user, how are losing all these 'default' functions acceptable??? There's no reason why any normal user should have to search A for ROMs just so their phone functions properly, yet, risk bricking it!

      Thank you for showing me that switching to Android can cause huge headaches!!! I'll just stick w/ my boring iphone that worx right out of the box.

      BTW, I thought Android was 'open.' What's this stuff about not being able to downgrade 4.3? Isn't flashing any ROM supposed to be part of your ammo for defending Droid?!!!! LOL!
      Thats Samsung for you. There are still other Androids that are great that dont lock down the phones.
      Android kicks *** over iPhone anyway. Its so much better in so many ways I dont want to make a huge list telling you why. After 1 month of having an Android you would wonder why you ever got an iPhone to start with. I did coz Androids wern't out when I got my iPhone 1 but I still regretted it as there were Windows Mobile phones which were older and better than the iPhone 1. And they were a lot cheaper too. iPhone have always been way overpriced and lacking in features other phones had.

      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      I do admit that Samsung and Android are not perfect and they all have their share of problems. One example is when I still ran Touchwiz on my S3, I had this one glitch happened where the messaging app keeps force closing and erases all of your messages. I don't know what caused it (I'm assuming there was a bug with it accessing the memory where texts are stored since everything is back to normal once you restart the phone) but it's happened to me more than once.

      Another gripe I have with Android is I hate how they use the phone interface on tablets since 4.2. I much rather use the tablet interface that was used on Honeycomb and ICS as I felt it was more intuitive and more user friendly. That is one of my biggest hopes for Kit Kat is a much improved tablet interface since I'm not a fan of the interface they use for them now
      I have a Galaxy Tab 7.7 which Samsung stopped updating at 4.0.1 but I did find a custom ROM at 4.2.2 and thats got a changer built in which lets you choose which interface you want. Phone, Phablet or Tablet. Its ParanoidAndroid if you want to check it our for your Android device.
      Paranoid Android are making a 4.3 for it which is awesome.
      Thats what I love about Android, someone always keeps your older devices up to date. Try putting IOS7 on an iPad 1. If it was Android there would be.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I've gotta say, you Android peeps aren't making Android sound as great as you would like us, Fanboys, to believe!

      If I were a normal user, how are losing all these 'default' functions acceptable??? There's no reason why any normal user should have to search A for ROMs just so their phone functions properly, yet, risk bricking it!

      Thank you for showing me that switching to Android can cause huge headaches!!! I'll just stick w/ my boring iphone that worx right out of the box.

      BTW, I thought Android was 'open.' What's this stuff about not being able to downgrade 4.3? Isn't flashing any ROM supposed to be part of your ammo for defending Droid?!!!! LOL!



      +1
      Dont know what your talking about. Android works fine right out of the box. You dont need to flash ROM's. Im not sure about the S4 but the S3 can be "downgraded" without a problem.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jasvncnt10 View Post
      Dont know what your talking about. Android works fine right out of the box. You dont need to flash ROM's. Im not sure about the S4 but the S3 can be "downgraded" without a problem.
      I don't know what I'm talking about either! LOL! I'm going off of the previous posts stating loss of functions/downgrade after updating to 4.3.

      Talk to your homies, they're the ones w/ the problems!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Guess the other phone maker needed some publicity?? Nothing to do with Apple at all. Apple doesn't even had a smart watch....yet.
    1. jimmy623's Avatar
      jimmy623 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Slim J View Post
      Well here's what an iPhone would be if it was a car

      -You would be limited to driving 65 or whatever the speed limit is
      -You can easily bypass the car lock by exploiting the keypad on the door
      -You are only allowed to put Apple approved accessories in it
      -Adding somebody elses accesories requires you to remove all your accesories
      -You don't have access to the engine or battery and must be opened by an Apple dealer
      -All maintenance must be done at an Apple dealer
      -Opening the hood and maintaining the car on your own voids the warranty
      -Replacement parts for the car are expensive and labor prices are insane
      -The car itself would be extremely expensive
      -Apple Maps is likely to lead you off a bridge
      -The latest version of iCar would make you seasick with the windshield adjusting your view making it look like you are looking directly at the road from any angle
      +1 haha