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10-28-2013, 11:11 PM #1
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?
10-28-2013, 11:30 PM #2
And this relevant to Apple how?Sent from my iPhone 4.
10-29-2013, 02:52 AM #3
I updated on Friday and got Samsung to replace it on Monday. The 4.3 update matches the watch and its a total train wreck and everyone should stay away from it.
4.3 comes with Knox which is a hardware killer. Its nearly as bad as an iPhone after thats installed. You CANT downgrade or change firmwares. You CANT root or add any extras. Its a total lockout so its NOT user friendly. I do NOT recommend anyone to upgrade to 4.3 if you root or customize your S4.
Last edited by smith01; 10-29-2013 at 02:56 AM.
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10-29-2013, 06:27 AM #6
I found one called "FoxHound Diamond Dogs 3.0 TW 4.3" which is great. See if there is one for your phone and try it out. Its got an installer so you get to choose what gets installed and what doesn't. You can have it stock or customized or whatever you want its really flexible.
BTW, FoxHound Custom Rom is 1.3GB. I found it via google. Not sure what phones its for but it was for mine and I tried it out and it was pretty good. IF I ever update to 4.3 I think thats how I will do it as I dont ever again want to install Knox as thats what killed my S4.
10-29-2013, 07:51 AM #7
and you CAN downgrade even if you didnt back up your ROM.
also, every problem under the sun can be solved on an Android device, if you dont know how, head over to A and you will get a solution to any problem you have--sometimes within minutes after you post it.
10-29-2013, 07:53 AM #8
10-29-2013, 07:54 AM #9
other Android OEMs are already on the band wagon an apple will hop on as well.
10-29-2013, 08:38 AM #10
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10-29-2013, 10:35 AM #12
Well my S4 was on 4.2.2 and when I upgraded to 4.3 I lost Wifi. It refused to turn on. Then I noticed I also lost the SD card as when you put in the card it popped up a message saying you can now safely remove the SD Card.
All my data was corrupt so I had to factory reset. I tried a restore from Kies and that didn't help or work as it again was corrupt.
Samsung replaced it as it was faulty. There is no way I will try that again. I'm going to wait for 4.4 to get released and hopefully I wont have as much trouble as 4.3 gave me.
Have you tried to downgrade from 4.3? NO you haven't. 4.3 comes with Knox and that stops you from downgrading. Go ahead and try and see how far you get. I bet you'll be returning it to the shop crying when you bricked it as thats what it will do.
10-29-2013, 10:58 AM #13
10-29-2013, 12:00 PM #14
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!
Last edited by thazsar; 10-29-2013 at 12:05 PM.
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10-29-2013, 01:27 PM #16
Android always reminds me of buying a car with a great engine, but no steering wheel or tires. There is no other product in the world I can think of that people buy, love, and defend so fiercely that's so.."incomplete".
10-29-2013, 01:45 PM #17
-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
Last edited by Slim J; 10-29-2013 at 01:47 PM.
10-29-2013, 04:56 PM #18
Let me check real quick...yup, I'm at modmyi.com...weird......
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