Hold off on updating to Android 9.0 Pie if you own a Samsung wearable

  • Users on Reddit report problems with Samsung Gear and Android 9.0 Pie.
  • The Samsung Gear app crashes during a connection with a Samsung wearable on Pie.
  • A fix will likely come soon, but for now you should avoid updating if wearable connections are important to you.

While there aren’t too many phones out there that are currently capable of updating to Android 9.0 Pie, you should know that updating to the latest version of Android might cause some problems for your Samsung wearables.

According to users on Reddit, the Samsung Gear app won’t connect to your wearable if you are running Android Pie. The Gear app will work on the phone just fine, and the smartwatch, headset, or fitness tracker will be fine on its own, but the two devices will not be able to communicate.

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If you attempt to connect a wearable with the Samsung Gear app on an Android Pie device, the process begins but then crashes before completion.

While we don’t have an exact list of the affected wearables, the Reddit thread makes it seem that this is a Samsung Gear-wide issue, not a problem with specific wearables.

Users are already complaining in the Google Play Store listing for the Samsung Gear app, and Samsung reps have chimed in to say that the company is aware of the issue. However, we don’t know a timeline yet for the fix.

Hopefully, the fix comes soon as Samsung just launched the newest wearable in its roster: the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Read more about that here, and also check out our info on the other device Samsung announced today: the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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