Lee Don-joo, the president of Samsung’s strategic marketing for mobile business recently talked to reporters about their upcoming curved display and added some interesting things about the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. When asked about the lack of excitement about the Gear, he defensively said, “The Galaxy Gear is a wow product. It’s a wholly new and must-have accessory,” said the vice president Lee, downplaying growing criticism about the wristwatch. “It only weighs 74 grams and it’s very easy to receive a call or send a text.”
Later, another Samsung official admitted the Gear might not be all that it’s cracked up to be, “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”
One of the biggest problems with the Galaxy Gear is the lack of compatibility with any phone other than the soon to be released Galaxy Note 3. Samsung has promised that it will come to the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy S III, but when? Lee Don-joo added, “All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December.”
The bottomline is that Samsung needs to open the Gear to all Android phones, but I suspect they want to iron out the kinks and get some user feedback before that happens.