This announcement dovetails with an earlier statement that Samsung would push out the update on a global scale.
The Premium Suite software package will give the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones the enhancements they need to work with the new smartwatch, a $300 accessory that previously only paired with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.
Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2.
A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."… Read more
A promotion is less of a promotion when it becomes a demotion.
This is one of the solid maxims of marketing. It's also one that seems to be troubling the four people (Technically Incorrect estimate) who have tried to buy a Samsung Galaxy Gear watch through T-Mobile.
Word slipped out that if you used your FALLFUN30 promotional code, you could get a timely 30 percent reduction on the $299.99 cost of one of these Samsung watches at T-Mobile.
Several people rushed to take advantage.
However, their rushing was ill-timed.… Read more
I was going to write a story on two watches: the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and the Pebble watch. They represent opposite ends of the wearable spectrum: Big Tech, and indie power. Each is making a bid for your wrist, but in a very different way: budget vs. high-end, locked down to several devices vs. open to iOS and Android.
Then, along came the Fitbit Force.
I don't want to make too much of it, but the Force is a smartwatch, too, and perhaps the most disruptive kind. It also brings something new to the table that both bigger companies … Read more
I've had a love affair with high-tech watches for as long as I can remember. I still recall with fondness my beloved Casio Marlin W-300, which I cherished as a tot. I've also proudly worn some truly laughable devices out in public, much to my friends' annoyance and eventual entertainment. Remember the Pimp series from Tokyo Flash? On second thought, perhaps it's better that you don't. … Read more
Last month, after Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and then followed the introduction of the gold iPhone 5S with its own gold Galaxy S4, I started drafting a list of projects that I'd like to see the gargantuan Korean conglomerate take a stab at. The idea was that since Samsung seems to quickly follow other companies under its own moniker, perhaps I should point them in the direction of a few totally original products that I'd actually like to see made. … Read more
The carrier will stock the black version of the Note phablet, which is distinguishable by its Android 4.3 operating system, top-rate quad-core processor, and smarty-pants stylus.
Customers can pick it up for $299.99 with a new, two-year service agreement. Elsewhere, the Note 3 also comes in white.
Pricing is also a heady $299.99 for the Galaxy Gear, which, with a built-in camera and microphone, voice actions, and a pedometer, is much more than your average … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- CNET's review of the Pebble Watch says it's a work in progress.
- Some of the winning projects from last weekend's Pebble hackaton at MIT.
- The sticky situation that delayed the Pebble Watch.
- Check out Eric's recent Pebble AMA on Reddit.
- Pebble smartwatch goes on sale at AT&T on September 27.
I know this subject never arises when Apple and Samsung are mentioned, but let's give it a tiny, experimental airing. Today's subject is copying.
Sunday, when Samsung launched two new ads celebrating its magical, revolutionary Galaxy Gear watch, some on Twitter felt an earthquake.
No, it wasn't the one centered in Oakland, Calif. (a 3.0, no worries). It was that the ad featuring Captain Kirk and Fred Flintstone talking to their watches had an alleged predecessor: the original iPhone launch teaser ad in 2007.