Samsung to expand devices that work with Gear smartwatch
In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, a model touches the screen of a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in Berlin, Germany. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. (AP / Michael Sohn)
Published Monday, October 28, 2013 12:20PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Samsung says its new Galaxy Gear computerized watch will be compatible with several older phones through a software update.
One big flaw with the $300 Gear is that in the U.S., it's compatible only with the new Galaxy Note 3 phone, which costs another $300 with a two-year service agreement. Last week, Samsung Electronics Co. said the Gear will also work with the Galaxy S4 Mini when that comes out next month.
On Monday, Samsung said it will also make the update available for the S III, S4 and Note II in the coming weeks and the S4 Active and Mega phones in the coming months.
The Gear works with Samsung devices to display message alerts and other information on the wrist.