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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 update tipped alongside Galaxy S5 this month

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 update tipped alongside Galaxy S5 this month

Samsung will launch not only the Galaxy S5 later this month but an updated version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, insiders claim, a surprisingly early refresh to the wearable which arrived with great fanfare late in 2013 but reportedly disappointing sales. The two new flagship devices will share a stage at Samsung's "Unpacked 5 2014 event", invitations for which went out on Monday, the NYTimes reports, which will open Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24th.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial implies a love interest with every smartwatch

Buckle your boots. You're in for the rad-est, snowboarding-est, most gratuitously romantical tech gear commercial you've ever seen. Samsung just released a commercial for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch that will make your heartstrings shudder. It's in fine keeping with the recent tech gear marketing trend of stopping just one nanometer short of directly shouting to the male segment, "This gadget will get you the girl!"

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Manager update expands notifications to all apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear Manager update expands notifications to all apps

Samsung has rolled out an update for the Galaxy Gear Manager app today. And with this update, they seem to have addressed one of the frequent complaints. This update improves the notification experience. Gone are the days of having notifications from a select few apps as this update will allow you to toggle notifications on and off for any of the apps you have installed on your smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch Android compatibility expands

This week the aforementioned update to the software for several Samsung devices has taken hold, allowing the Samsung Galaxy Gear to work with devices beyond the Samsung Galaxy Note III. This week the Galaxy Gear will be able to work with the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. This brings the total number of devices the Galaxy Gear is (officially) able to work with up to a grand total of four.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear return rate over 30% tips leak

Samsung Galaxy Gear return rate over 30% tips leak

Samsung's Galaxy Gear is seeing return rates above 30-percent, leaked internal documentation suggests, with claims the South Korean company is surveying Best Buy Samsung Experience staff to try to figure out how the smartwatch is falling short. "The Galaxy Gear attachment rate within Best Buy is the highest among all channels" according to documents leaked to Geek, yet "the overall return rate is trending above 30-percent."

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Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

Samsung Galaxy Gear can run sideloaded Android apps

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a nifty -- if not limited -- little gadget, supplementing one's smartphone with a bit of wearable convenience. The folks over at ars technica have given it a spin in a different way, however, sideloading regular Android apps onto it and finding it fairly capable of running them. Not all apps will run on the device, of course, but some of the lesser-demanding offerings can with a simple tweak.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear ads give smartwatches some heritage

Samsung Galaxy Gear ads give smartwatches some heritage

"After all these years, it's finally real." Samsung has kicked off its advertising campaign for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and it's calling on the heritage of all the more memorable fictional forebears to remind us just how high-tech the wearable is. Samsung's new "Evolution" campaign - and a second spot, called "A Long Time Coming" - set the Galaxy Gear at the end of a smartwatch legacy that includes Dick Tracy's wrist-phone, Michael Knight's KITT watch, and even the Predator's scanner. In fact, Samsung has dug up some watch-phones you might not even remember.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung Galaxy Gear could get Smart TV integration

Samsung's Galaxy Gear may be in a committed relationship with the Galaxy Note 3 right now, but the Korean firm is considering integrating the smartwatch with future TVs, it has revealed. The wearable, which we reviewed earlier this week, could be used to collect and feed fitness and health information from viewers to their smart TVs, Samsung director of product marketing Ryan Bidan told Computerworld, with the possibility of a new S Health app for living room use.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

Samsung Galaxy Gear Review

In the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company has created a device custom-fitted for the Galaxy Note 3. While it may seem that this device is the first in a long line of smartwatches made for the greater world of Android, it would appear here that Samsung started small and marketed big. This device is not the do-all smartwatch you may be dreaming of - instead, it may just be the Samsung-specific smartwatch you'll find you need. Once you buy it and slap it on your wrist, that is - and that's the real trick, isn't it?

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