Samsung will end support for some of its wearables in 2021


Galaxy Gear S

The market of wearable devices is trending in 2020, and we expect its number to reach higher heights in 2021. The segment that comprises smartwatches, smart bands, TWS audio devices, and other wearable tech is catching customers thanks to the increasing amount of affordable products offering quality. It has been one of the segments to suffer less with the COVID-19 pandemic, for that reason, many companies joined this segment this year. In a bid to contain the wave of new companies, we expect some well-established brands to keep the flow with high-quality products in 2021. Samsung is among the most relevant companies in the segment, however, it only produces premium smartwatches. The company may be preparing a wave of new products for 2021, but it will consequently leave behind some models.

According to a report, with the launch of the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung will cease support for some of its smartwatches and fitness trackers. This isn’t as bad as it looks because with “end of support” it means that some of the company’s old wearables will not support the 2021 flagships and subsequent models. The alleged list of wearable devices that will not work with Samsung Galaxy S21 models include:

List of Samsung Wearables not supported by Galaxy S21 series

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Galaxy Gear 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo
  • Gear S
  • Samsung Gear Fit

According to the Galaxy Club, the above devices will still work with older Samsung smartphones. The big problem here is if you intend to buy a new Galaxy S21 smartphone with your old model. So far, Samsung has provided a great number of updates and support for these devices, however, it seems that they are finally reaching the end of the line.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo - Ficha Técnica - Canaltech

However, this also turns on an alert for some users that are still holding an old device like the Gear Fit or Gear S. In the future, you may need to replace your old wearable once you buy a new Galaxy flagship. In the same way, if you can afford a new smartphone but can’t upgrade your smartwatch at the same time, the best option is to stick with your current smartphone. Of course, this is only necessary if you’re an avid user of both techs. We believe that Samsung may reveal more details regarding this “end of support” list in the coming weeks. Perhaps, during the Galaxy S21 Unpacked event the company will disclose more details. The Gear S2 and S3 are also old devices, but for now, the duo seems to have escaped this list.

The new Galaxy S21 family will debut in January 2021. We will hear more details soon.

 

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