Samsung Gear Users Facing Connectivity Issues with Android 9 Pie; Fix Expected Soon

Google has rolled out the final stable version of Android 9 Pie mobile operating system earlier this week with the Pixel series of devices getting the update first. The latest iteration of Android OS was in the beta phase since March. However, after the rollout, many users have reported bugs with it. As per the latest reports, Samsung Gear smartwatch, fitness band, and headset users have reported connectivity issues with Android 9 Pie smartphones.

As per reports, devices running on Android 9 Pie are having connectivity issues with Samsung Gear S smartwatches, Gear Fit2, Gear Icon X and Gear Icon X (2018). While a temporary fix to the issue has been worked out and is now available, users are being advised not to update their smartphones to Android 9 Pie un till an official fix is rolled out.

As per a post on XDA Developers forum dated May 2018, connectivity issues with Samsung Gear wearable devices were known since the first couple of betas of Android P. However, there has been no acknowledgment of the problem from Samsung so far. Sources have reported that the South Korean tech giant had used a private API for Gear devices that did not work out when Android Pie was launched. This caused Gear devices to have connectivity issues with smartphones running on the latest version of Android.

Modded APKs appear to be a fix to this problem currently with comments on the XDA Developers post stating that the issues have been resolved with these APK files. Additionally, the forum poster has also included the my.keystore file to enable the users to fix these issues on their Gear devices.

Some users have also taken to Reddit to state that they were facing connectivity issues with Gear devices. “I actually had no problem pairing and using my Gear S3 with my Pixel until I upgraded to the official Android Pie yesterday when it was pushed out to T-mobile,” a user posted on Reddit which now has over 100 comments reporting the same problem by other users.

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