US Galaxy phones get Android 4.3, Galaxy Gear go-ahead

A handful of Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 are primed to pair with Samsung's smartwatch.

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Samsung made it official on Monday that it's readied an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update that will let certain US smartphones pair with the company's Galaxy Gear smartwatch .

This announcement dovetails with an earlier statement that Samsung would push out the update on a global scale .

The Premium Suite software package will give the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones the enhancements they need to work with the new smartwatch, a $300 accessory that previously only paired with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

An alleged leak of a grid of release dates points to carrier updates that start as soon as today (Verizon's Galaxy S4) and span all the way to early December (T-Mobile's Note 2).

Owners of the Galaxy S4 Active , Galaxy S4 Mini , and Galaxy Mega phones who also have an eye on the Gear need to hold tight: the update for these phones is slated for "the coming months."

In addition to Android 4.3 features and Galaxy Gear compatibility, the Premium Suite brings a few Samsung extras to the camera, includes a split-screen mode, and a simplified home screen option.

Although updates begin as soon as today, it's more likely they'll arrive staggered by smartphone and carrier, in the coming weeks.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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