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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Will Soon Work With More Samsung Devices


Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be made compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2.

The Galaxy Gear is currently only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. However, the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update will extend compatibility to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung will also extend Galaxy Gear compatibility to other Galaxy devices – including the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and Galaxy S4 Zoom – through a separate software update beginning globally at the end of October. Software update schedules for each device will vary by country and operator.

“Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to more Galaxy devices reflects our deep commitment to continuing to deliver our consumers enriched mobile experiences,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy Gear will enable Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users to make and answer calls and view incoming messages and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important messages, users can simply pick up their master device and the Smart Relay feature instantly reveals the full content.

With a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users can snap photos by tapping the Galaxy Gear’s screen. Photos are automatically saved in the master device’s gallery.The smartwatch also has a built-in Pedometer app and can be used to control the music played on the master device.

Samsung said the Android 4.3 update will also provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia. Some Samsung features and applications will also be updated, including Knox (Samsung’s mobile security solution), Smart Switch (which transfers content from other smartphones to Samsung devices) and HomeSync cloud storage.

Technology analyst firm Canalys predicts the smartwatch market will boom over 2014 with the release of a “new generation of devices”, with up to five million smartwatches being shipped by the end of the year.

“Smartwatches will be the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets,” said Chris Jones, a vice president at the firm.

“Software platforms tied to smartwatches will also be a tremendous opportunity for developers to write apps in categories such as health and wellness or sports and fitness.”

However, Samsung’s decision not to make the Galaxy Gear compatible with smartphones made by other manufacturers has been criticised by some reviewers, and is likely to limit sales of the device.

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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Release Date, Specs, Pictures, News And Rumours


Samsung has confirmed that it will be launching a smartwatch on September 4 at its pre-IFA 2013 Samsung Unpacked event. Samsung’s Vice President of Mobile Business Lee Young-hee told the Korea Times that the Galaxy Gear will be making its official debut next week.

“We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on September 4”, said Lee.

“The Gear won’t have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways”, said Lee. “It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.”

Samsung had already confirmed that it was working on a smartwatch device.

Lee announced that the company was busy producing a wearable tech device back in March in an interview with Bloomberg in Seoul:

“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it”, she said. “We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

Although Lee did not reveal any specifics about the Samsung smartwatch, she did add that “the issue is who will first commercialise it so consumers can use it meaningfully.”

If the rumours are correct, Apple, Google and Microsoft are due to launch a smartwatch devices some time in 2014. If Samsung manages to launch its wrist-worn smartwatch before that, it stands a chance of getting ahead of the pack.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Release Date:-

The Samsung smartwatch will launch on September 4 during the Berlin-based tech expo IFA 2013 at the Samsung Unpacked event.

The South Korean manufacturer will launch the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 next week, so we should expect both devices to be released within the next month or so.

TrustedReviews is attending the Samsung Unpacked event so we’ll bring you all the official news as it happens.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Specs:-

Several rumours have come in regarding the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch specs, all corroborating the same set of hardware features.

It seems that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will come with a 2.5-inch OLED display with a 320 x 320p resolution, with internal storage options of 8GB or 6GB.

Running on a 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 processor with 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will feature in-built speakers in the strap, an accelerometer, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 10 hour battery life.

It will also be based on an unknown version of Android Jelly Bean.

The latest leak from @evleaks showed two screenshots from the Galaxy Gear companion app for the smartwatch. The Gear manager shows how the smartwatch will connect with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, and reveals some of the features the device should have.

The menu shows a clock feature, which may allow you to customise the faces, a Find my Watch app, and offers access to the Samsung App Store.

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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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