Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Latest News & Update: Wearable Device Now Works On Most Android Devices; Pixel Pairing Still Not Working

By Laine Lucas , Updated Nov 28, 2016 05:20 PM EST

Samsung just released its most anticipated wearable device, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and now the smart watch can work on almost Android device that it is paired with. Sadly for Google Pixel, one of the popular releases this year, this pairing doesn't work.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is able to work with most Android devices that are not under the Samsung brand. This also means that non-Samsung brand users can also use the payment service, Samsung Pay, with the use of the Gear Manager app for Android. For Google Pixel owners, however, this service may not work.

On the other hand, the freshly released LG V20 will work fine with the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. Samsung Pay is also possible using the LG smartphone without any issues. A video from Tablets for Me even detailed the instructions on how to setup the payment system with the wearable device. While this would be exciting news for most Android users, it should be noted that it does not apply to all.

The official Samsung Pay Twitter account confirmed that Samsung Pay with Samsung Gear S3 Frontier won't work for other Android phones, especially Google Pixel. But Pixel users should not lose hope because in a follow-up post, Samsung did say that the company is working to make Samsung Pay available to other devices and that consumers should just "stay tuned" for more updates.

Does this mean that Samsung Pay will soon be available in Pixel devices as well? No one knows yet but Samsung should provide answers soon. For now, it's unclear why Samsung Gear S3 Frontier won't work with Google Pixel, but according to ZDNet, it could be due to the smartphone's operating system. LG V20 runs on an Android 7.0 Nougat while Pixel runs on a 7.1. Samsung should provide answers soon so stay tuned for more updates.

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