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Older Samsung wearables may not work with the Galaxy S21 series

The Samsung Gear S. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Gear S. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy S21 series is currently touted to launch soon. Their launch is now said to mean the end of support for some older smartwatches or fitness bands from the same OEM, however. They may still work with older phones, though, just not those released after 2020.

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Samsung has had a good record of keeping its older wearables updated, even back to the original Galaxy Gear. Now, however, a new document allegedly sourced from this OEM claims that they will lose compatibility with new smartphones from their brand going forward.

This statement, posted by the blog GalaxyClub, indicates that the company will no longer be able to ensure validity or security for devices of the Gear series through app updates alone. Therefore, they will not be able to connect to Samsung phones as yet unreleased.

This change apparently applies to the Gear, Gear2, Gear2 Neo and first-gen Gear Fit, as well as the interestingly-shaped Gear S. Therefore, owners who still like these wearables may find them less useful should they also want a new flagship phone in 2021.

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Samsung's alleged meddage of wearable obsolescence. (Source: GalaxyClub)
Samsung's alleged meddage of wearable obsolescence. (Source: GalaxyClub)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-12- 5 (Update: 2020-12- 5)