Galaxy Gear update brings full notification support to Samsung’s smartwatch

November 15, 2013
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The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s first attempt to break into the wearable computing market, but so far reception has been fairly lukewarm.

The Gear is a pretty cool looking gadget with a lot of potential, but the problem is that it also arrived to store shelves feeling  a bit unfinished. Not only did the Gear solely support the Note 3 at launch, it also has been hindered by limited apps and a notification system that often requires you to whip out your phone to actually find out what’s going on.

The good news is that Samsung is slowly but surely looking to alleviate some of the issues plaguing its smartwatch. Recently the Korean giant started rolling out support for the Gear to more Samsung devices, and now Samsung has vastly improved the watch’s notification system as well.

Samsung is obviously dedicated to improving the Gear experience through future updates, but the big question is whether or not it's too late into the game to make any difference.

Thanks to a new update to the Galaxy Gear Manager, the Galaxy Gear has added full notification support for just about any Android app, including social networks, weather apps, email apps and so much more. The only catch is that you will need to upgrade your watch’s firmware to the recently released V700XXUAMJ update.

The addition of improved notifications certainly doesn’t solve all the Gear’s issues, but it’s a solid start. Samsung is obviously dedicated to improving the Gear experience through future updates, but the big question is whether or not it’s too late into the game to make any difference.

What do you think, can continued software improvements help the Galaxy Gear win over new fans, or will it take a few more hardware generations before the idea of a Samsung smartwatch really catches on?

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