Galaxy S21 may not support old Gear smartwatches in 2021

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Gadgets don’t last forever, and that is an undisputed fact. However, this is unfortunate for our bank balances, meaning more money on gadgets as years go by. It seems like the Samsung Galaxy S21, along with other mobile devices released by Samsung in 2021 will no longer support some of its old gear smartwatches. 

According to a notification inside the Samsung Members App spotted by GalaxyClub, Samsung is now making users aware of the upcoming change ahead of time. To put your mind at ease, these old wearables will keep on working. However, not on any of Samsung’s 2021 devices. 

The Samsung wearables that will be affected are the Galaxy Gear smartwatches. This includes the Gear 1, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear S and the Gear Fit. There have been no mention of the newer Gear S2 and S3 devices. We therefore assume that these devices will be supported by the 2021 Samsung smartphones. These changes were expected, seeing that the devices mention was launched in 2013 or 2014, so the move is no surprise to most. However, an official statement or confirmation of this act has not been made known to the public by Samsung yet. 


Samsung Galaxy S21: Time will Tell 

For anyone still using any of the old device with a Samsung phone, you can keep using it up till 2021. But an upgrade may need to be considered if you buy a 2021 Samsung device. This means you will need to get a new Samsung wearable that supports 2021 Samsung phones. 

The Galaxy S21 which is going to be the first Samsung phone to be unveiled in 2021 is rumoured to be launching on January 14. More devices will however come after this device to cover for form factors and price points. 

More modern options such as the Galaxy Watch 3, launched earlier this year, will see you through 2021. And well into the future if you’re looking for a replacement. There are also lightweight alternatives like the Galaxy Fit 2 to weigh up. to weigh up. 

While it’s understandable that manufacturers can’t support older hardware forever, it’s still sad to see once-beloved gadgets slide into obsolescence.

Source: TechRadar

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