Samsung’s wearable devices are now available across the globe alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5. Sadly, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit have all been locked to make sure each is only compatible with Samsung devices. There are over 20 different handsets which the devices work with, but it’s annoying Samsung has restricted them.
What we really want is to pick up a Samsung Gear wearable and be able to use it with whichever Android handset we want to. Naturally, someone has found a way already, with the Gear Fit anyway.
The process allows you to pair the device with any other Android device. It’s been tested with the HTC One M8, HTC One, Nexus 5 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, but there’s no reason it wouldn’t work with other Android smartphones.
So how do you go about attaching it to your non-Sammy phone? First, you need to download both the Gear Manager and Gear Fitness APK’s and stick them on your Android phone. If you’ve done that properly, there should be the option to attach your Gear Fit by Bluetooth.
Most features work between the two devices but you wont be able to do anything which needs a Samsung account. For example all the S Health features are missing, plus you can’t interact with a number of notifications.
Could this mean Samsung plans to open up the wearable devices range to all Android devices? We can only hope it’s in the future but there’s no confirmation from Team Samsung.
The video attached will help you work out exactly what you need to do.