Samsung’s two years old Gear Fit smart watch is still somewhat of a popular fitness tracker among a few fans, it works great and is among one of the few smart watches that manage to go 3 plus days on a single charge. I’ve had my Gear Fit since launch in April of 2014 and the battery life still surprises me even today.
Originally the Gear Fit smartwatch was only compatible with Samsung smart devices, but it is increasing being used by non Samsung smartphone users who initially had no problems using their smartphones to connect to the Gear Fit. All one had to do was to download Samsung’s official Gear Fit app and install it to the device outside of the Play Store. This method however is currently not working as of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. After the Marshmallow update, running any version of Gear Fit manager on a non Samsung device simply leads to the app crashing when trying to open it.
Luckily, all hope is not lost, for non Samsung smartphone users trying to connect a Gear Fit to an unofficial Samsung device, we now have an unofficial Gear Fit Manager app called Open Fit, by programmer SolderByte.
It works, that is a simple way to describe the app, Open Fit is certainly not as good as Samsung’s official Gear Fit manager, but it successfully connects the Gear Fit to any Android smartphone running Android 4.4 and up.
- Connect to the Gear Fit
- Auto Connect
- Sync time with the Gear Fit
- Toggle 12-Hour/24-Hour clock
- SMS notifications
- MMS notifications
- Phone calls notifications
- Email notifications
- Alarm notifications (stock Android clock app, cannot dismiss alarm from Gear Fit)
- Weather notifications
- Weather clock style
- Media Controller (Android audio player, Spotify)
- Reject phone calls (no quick reply support)
- Find device
- Unlimited application notifications
- Pedometer data
- Open Fit Premium Features
Google Fit Auto Sync
Most of the features listed involve notifications sent to the Gear Fit, and they all seem to work. I was somewhat disappointed with the Media controller, which can only control Google Play Music and Spotify, since my main music listening app is Power Amp, but if you have to use the media controller functions, Google Play Music isn’t a bad app.
Open Fit is free to download and if you want to use Fit Auto Sync you pay $0.99 which isn’t bad, I personally paid the $0.99 just out of appreciation for this app. All fitness features that are located on the Gear Fit will work (heart rate monitor, exercise tracking, etc.), I haven’t played around with the data that is synced to Open Fit, so I can’t speak as it relates to monitoring and tracking this data.
If you have a Gear Fit and don’t have a compatible Samsung device, then Open Fit will pretty much save the day. The app lacks allot of key features such as the ability to add clock faces and other apps that were built to work with the Official Gear Fit manager, but hey, it works.