When Samsung announced the Gear 2 family, it was no surprise that the devices were only designed to work with the Galaxy line of devices like the Note 3 and Galaxy S5. While annoying – and a bizarre choice for Samsung – it’s understandable that Samsung would want to command a certain prestige with their latest wearable devices and of course, they make great selling points to bring people into the Galaxy family from other devices. With numerous apps from the Galaxy S5 being extracted from firmware, it stands to reason that the Gear watches might work with other devices. Well, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo won’t work (at the time of writing) with other devices, but the Gear Fit seems a little more forgiving.
It turns out that getting a Gear Fit to work with other devices is a pretty straightforward process. First of all, you’ll need to own a Gear Fit (obviously) and be running at least Android 4.3, with Android 4.4 to gain the best results possible. From there, all you need to do is download and then install the Gear Fit Manager and the Gear Fit Fitness apps. It would seem that you don’t even need root for the process, either. From there, the setup of the Gear Fit is pretty similar to that on a Galaxy device. The simple method was discovered by Dom Esposito of 9to5Google and was tested on the new HTC One M8 – which we recently reviewed – and the One M7 from last year. While there’s a good chance the Gear Fit will work with other devices, your mileage will of course vary. Take a look at the video below to find out how to get this running on your device, full instructions can be found at the source link.
It’s a shame that the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo didn’t work using the same sort of process, but we’re assuming this is due to the Tizen operating system on the new Gear watches. Being more sophisticated, it’s probably wise to such tricks, but there’s nothing to say these won’t work in the future. If you have a Gear Fit, let us know how you’re liking it in the comments below, and if Samsung should open it up to other devices for all to use.