Samsung wants its Gear smartwatches to work with non-Samsung devices as well

Posted on Apr 16 2014 - 3:15pm by Valerie Richardson

Samsung Gear 2 / Gear 2 Neo

With the arrival of Android Wear based smartwatches, Samsung is facing a concerning problem. Since the Gear smartwatches are only compatible with Samsung Android devices at the moment, people who do not own a Samsung device are obviously not going to look towards either of the wearables sold by the Korean manufacturer. However, it seems like the company’s stance on exclusivity could soon be softened according to an interview given to Reuters by one of its officials.

The executive expressed interest in bringing compatibility with these smartwatches to non-Samsung devices in the future, although he didn’t specify when this will happen.

Theoretically, it’s not impossible as we’ve recently seen the Gear working on non-Samsung devices as well, although with several caveats.¬†As long as smartphones are running Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a compatible version of Android, compatibility can be brought immediately with the help of a dedicated Samsung smartwatch app in the Play Store.

However, we might not see this materializing soon as the company executive has only hinted at the idea and not provided any concrete details. But still, it’s good to know that the company which was firm on keeping its smartwatches exclusive to a select few Samsung devices is now looking towards other Android devices as well.

Source: Reuters

Via: Droid Life

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