Starting today, Sprint is rolling out an update to all Galaxy S3 device owners. You can read about the specifics on my other blog. The best news is that with the update comes official support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch!
If you've been hoping Santa would bring you a Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but afraid your Galaxy S3 wouldn't connect, fear no more!
Enjoy your updated GS3 and Galaxy Gear!
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Samsung and Sprint have released software update MJA which updates the Galaxy S4 to Jellybean 4.3 and adds official support for the Galaxy Gear wearable smart device. This is awesome news for GS4 owners who want in on the awesomeness of the Galaxy Gear.
I’ll take you through setting up your new Galaxy Gear with your Galaxy S4.
To pair a Galaxy Gear smart wearable to your Galaxy S4 you will need the Samsung GALAXY Gear Manager app, which is only available from the Samsung app market. (The Samsung App market requires a ‘MySamsung’ account, which also gives you other benefits. For help setting up a ‘MySamsung’ account click here.)
Do a search in Samsung app market for “GALAXY Gear.”
Install the Samsung GALAXY Gear Manager app.
Once you have installed Gear Manager, locate the app (I put a shortcut on my home-screen) and launch.
Be patient the first time you launch Gear Manager. The app requires additional libraries to download upon first launch.
Once installation has completed you can pair your Galaxy S4 to your Galaxy Gear. Lock your Gear into the charging cradle and make sure NFC is enabled on your GS4. Hold your GS4 close to the Gear (in cradle) and pairing will happen auto-magically. Or, you can pair manually (without the cradle) by holding your GS4 close to the Gear and letting the discovery process take over.
Once your GS4 “discovers” your Gear, you will be asked to confirm a pairing code.
Once pairing has completed you will see an icon in your notification bar that indicates your Galaxy S4 is now actively paired to your Gear watch.
You’re all set! Feel free to launch the Gear Manager app to configure custom clock faces, install or remove apps and change settings to your personal liking.
Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices. The information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint
The latest issue of Wired magazine had a grand total of eight full-page ads taken out by traditional wristwatch companies like Rolex, Tudor, Seiko and Burberry. Why? Could it be because the traditional watch makers of the world see the digital writing on the wrist?
One thing is certain, smart wearables, like smart-watches, are a reality. The market is exploding with smart wearable devices. But are they worth the silicon their PCBs are printed on? Personally, I’m excited for these new technologies coming to reality. I see the value of smart wearables as being defined by being a more natural extension of technology that’s integrated more closely into our lives. For me, the keys are integration, functionality and polish.
First, let’s take a look at what is available today…
You pair a COOKOO watch via downloaded app to your smartphone ala Bluetooth. With the COOKOO App, you can receives notifications of:
• Incoming calls
• Missed calls
• Facebook messages and posts
• Twitter mention
• Calendar reminders
• SMS / Google Voice SMS
• Email notification with true filtering
• Your device is out of range
• Low battery on iPhone or iPad
• Alarm and Timer alerts
By a press of button, you can remotely…
• One-button Facebook Check-in
• Remote Photos/Videos taking: Perfect for taking group shots…or secret photos!
• One-button Music Control: Press the COMMAND button to play or pause the music, or hold the button to skip to the next song
• Tag location at any time: Tag your current location on the COOKOO App’s map—later you can add notes, pictures, and even share your map with others.
• Find your phone: If you know your phone is around but you just can’t seem to find it, simply press a button to sound an alert and locate it. …and more as the CONNECTED APP develops!
That's about it. Though the COOKOO is billed as a "smartwatch," however I tend to see it more as an analog watch with LED notifications for your smartphone. Plus, through app integration, it can perform some simple social tasks. It's not for me, but it may appeal to those who want "more" watch and "less" tech.
Like the COOKOO, the Martian line of watches are less about “smart” and more about fashion. They are analog watches with a small, scrolling, single-line OLED display on the lower half along with a single RGB notification LED. All Martian Watch models come with a speaker and microphone that use Bluetooth technology to connect to your smartphone. Um, okay, but not enough smarts for my liking.
• Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology (classic and low energy)
• Noise-Cancellation Microphone
• Directional Personal Speaker
• Display: 96 x 16 pixel OLED display
• Bluetooth® 4.0 chip (classic + BLE)
• 3-Axis Accelerometer
• Micro USB port for recharging and firmware updates
• 2+ hours talk time
• Built-in li-poly rechargeable battery
• Charging via USB to computer or power adapter
• Trigger phone camera from your Martian Smart Watch
This is Sony’s second-gen smart wearable, and proof they are embracing the smart wearable wave of technology integration. The Sony SmartWatch 2 looks very high-tech and very "Sony" with its standard all-black motif. The Sony SmartWatch 2 is compatible only with Android smartphones and has a very nice set of features. Sony also claims to have “a wide range of apps available” via Google Play, though what specific apps are not mentioned on the official site. The SmartWatch 2 comes with IP57 certification so you getting caught in the rain (or washing your hands) will never be an issue.
A few things I don’t like include Sony’s decision to dedicate 20% of the watch face to being a Sony billboard; i.e. the giant Sony logo at the top of the watch. Meh. I also don’t care for the dedicated row of capacitive buttons along the bottom of the face (back, home, menu) and dedicated top row of info. It leaves little room for app content and display, as evidenced by the lack-luster resolution.
• Aluminum body and silicon wristband; Black / Black
Pebble has been around a while. They continue to get good press and many journalists prefer the Pebble over many newcomers to the scene. Despite having a black-n-white display (“e-paper”) and fairly low resolution, the battery life is stellar and smartphone pairing options seems to be nearly universal. The Pebble is light, comes with several band color choices and the battery seems to last a long time. Add to that it seems very rugged and has a growing developer community. I expect good things from future versions of the Pebble, but for now it’s just too limited to warrant a place on my wrist. The people who love and gravitate to the Pebble are likely those who prefer using an original Kindle or Nook with “e-ink” display over their counterpart app on a full-featured tablet.
The i’m Watch is yet another wearable that “lets you leave your phone in your pocket” by allowing you to access calls, text and email messages and events on your wrist. Like a few other devices in this blog, the i’m Watch can issue a proximity alert if you get too far away from your phone. Built-in apps include Facebook, Twitter, weather, stocks, a compass and more. While the i’m Watch doesn't have its own camera, it does allow you to view images that reside on your phone.
I like the i’m Watch. The Italian style and design make the smart wearable appear less like a gadget and more like a premium wristwatch. Plus, the interface appears well polished and very usable. If only the display were sharper and the batter life were better…
• Height: 52.90 mm, Width: 40.60 mm, Thickness: 10 mm / Weight: 90 - 170 g
• Memory: 4 GB storage + 128 MB RAM
• CPU: IMX233
• Display: 1.54” (diagonal) color TFT display; 240 × 240 pixel @ 220 ppi
• OS: "i’m Droid 2" (custom Android version)
• Built-in rechargeable Li-Po 450 mAh battery
• Charging from USB to computer system or via power adapter
Samsung, with the Galaxy Gear, has jumped into the smart wearable market with both feet. The Gear is a touchscreen-touting, picture and video taking, S-Voice-boasting wrist gadget that works with Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The camera features a near 2-megapixel capture (and can shoot 720p 10-second video clips). It is very definitely an extension of the smartphone experience, and in my opinion is the best, most polished and feature rich smart wearable on the market today.
The Galaxy Gear already has over a dozen apps in the Samsung Apps store and a strong developer community working on more. The Gear has a great display, utilizing the same Super AMOLED technology that graces Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The Gear boasts IP55 certification against dust and water penetration. Plus, the display resolution is the best of all currently available wearables. The icing on the Gear cake is battery life. Even with frequent use, the Gear is good for several days per charge.
Some of the drawbacks to the Gear are being limited to 10 apps on your Gear at a time. The Gear is offered in several eye-pleasing band colors and a couple of bezel finishes, but choose wisely. You cannot change the band or detach it from the watch. The camera is integrated into the band, which means you need to be somewhat careful when banging your wrist on tables. And, as is well documented, the Gear is currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 tablet, though that will change soon enough.
EDIT 10/30/13: Starting today, Sprint is rolling out software update MJA for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that will bring Jellybean 4.3, support for Samsung Knox and support for the Galaxy Gear! This makes the Gear and even more attractive device as it's now supported on two very popular device platforms and more to follow soon!
• 800 MHz Processer
• Display Technology: 1.63" (41.4mm) Super AMOLED
• Resolution: 320 x 320 pixels
• Camera: 1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot
• HD(720p) Playback & Recording
• Bluetooth® v4.0 + BLE (Low Energy)
• Accelerometer, Gyroscope
• 4GB Internal memory + 512 MB (RAM)
• 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g
• Standard battery, Li-ion 315mAh
Safety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message
2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
• ChatON: mobile communication service
• Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter
• Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world
• Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.
• Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.
• eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
• Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
• MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.
• Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
• Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.
• RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
• TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
• Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of view any wine and get to know all about it instantly.
Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices. The information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint.
Important Notes - These updates take approximately 5 minutes to download and install - You may be unable to make or receive calls during the update
Update the software on your phone
1. From the Home screen, press Menu/OK
2. Select Settings/Tools, then press Menu/OK
3. Select Tools and press Menu/OK
4. Select Update Phone and press Menu/OK
5. Select Update Firmware and press Menu/OK
6. The message Please wait…Checking for firmware updates will appear
7. You will be prompted to install the update after it has downloaded to your phone
Check the software version on your phone
1. From the Home screen, press Menu/OK
2. Select Settings/Tools, then press Menu/OK
3. Select Settings and press Menu/OK
4. Select Phone Information and press Menu/OK
5. Select Version and press Menu/OK and the software version will be listed in the format M370.XXXX
Note: Comments are restricted on this blog. As new software updates are available, a new thread will be posted and linked to in this blog. Please post any comments under that thread for the specific software update. .