Summary:

Galaxy Gear support is coming to the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III via Samsung’s “Premium Suite” software update.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Multiple watches
photo: Samsung

Soon you won’t need a brand new device if you want to use Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While the watch only shipped with support for the just-released Galaxy Note 3 phone and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet, Samsung is expanding compatibility to older devices via a “Premium Suite” software update. This will bring Gear support to the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III.

Samsung says the Premium Suite update will bring Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) to the phones, along with features introduced on the Galaxy S 4 such as Easy Mode, Multi Window, and additional camera options. The update also includes Safe (Samsung for Enterprise), as well as Knox, which uses partitioned software to increase consumer and enterprise security.

Samsung claims the updates are available beginning today, but of course this will vary by device and carrier. So you’ll have to wait until you carrier approves the update before it gets pushed out to your phone. The update is also expected to make its way to the Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy S 4 mini and Galaxy Mega in the coming months.

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