Samsung Galaxy Gear to support Galaxy S4, S3, and more

Samsung will bring Galaxy Gear support to a host of other devices beyond the Galaxy Note 3.

Samsung's Galaxy Gear is branching out to more devices.
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is branching out to more devices. Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Courtesy of the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung said Tuesday.

Samsung already has started rolling out Android 4.3 for the international version of the Galaxy S4, with more models to follow. The latest Jelly Bean update is also being prepped for the S3 and Note 2 .

A spokesperson for Samsung UK told CNET that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean "will be available across a range of Galaxy devices from mid-November, subject to software testing and approvals by individual networks."

The Gear smartwatch also will communicate with the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom via a software update that will start to roll out globally at the end of this month.

Currently, the Gear is compatible only with Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.

Paired with a Samsung device, the Galaxy Gear allows people to make and receive phone calls and view incoming text messages and notifications. The smartwatch also offers a 1.9MP camera and a small library of apps.

Updated 6:30 a.m. PT with comment from Samsung.

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