Samsung made its mark in the wearable devices market with Galaxy Gear line of smartwatches last year. Soon, the Korean tech giant forayed into fitness trackers with Galaxy Gear Fit. Last week we reported that Samsung’s next smartwatch can make phone calls independently.
Samsung has shipped more than 5,00,000 smartwatches in first quarter of 2014, according to latest report from Strategy Analytics. The South Korean giant has emerged as a leader with by grabbing 71 percent of the global smartwatch market, up from 52.4% in 2013.
Samsung will will soon chuck out Android and bring Tizen OS to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The news about the shift in the OS was looming around the net for quite some time now.
It wasn’t too long ago that Samsung announced its first generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Aimed at competing with the likes of Pebble and anticipated competition from Apple, the original Galaxy Gear was a relative failure because of its high price point, poor battery life and limited compatibility. Fast forward five months and Samsung is all set to show off its next gen Gear 2 smartwatch that eschews Android for the Korean company’s homegrown Tizen OS.
The new smartwatch will retail in two variants ie the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The Galaxy branding has been dropped because of the transition from Android to Tizen. Specifications of the watch remain largely the same and include a 1GHz dual core processor, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM and a 1.63 inch (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED touch screen. The watch also incorporates S Voice, a heart rate monitor, pedometer for health related applications. It also has IP67 certification for water, dust resistance. Continue reading “Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo smartwatches with Tizen OS to go on sale in April”
Galaxy Gear is the first Smartwatch from Samsung, the world leader in consumer electronics. One would have expected it to sell like how the Note sold, even after reviews lambasted it for being too big and otherworldly, but that isn’t the same case for the Galaxy Gear. It has received price cuts after price cuts and we are now at a stage in which it sells at a price of Rs. 14,999 in retail, a huge 8,000 discount from the original launch price of Rs. 22,990. The price has fallen by almost 40%, which indicates the kind of demand that the product is getting in the market. Sure, the market is not really a “Smartwatch” market per se, but bundling it with the Note 3 was a clever strategy from Samsung, which unfortunately did not work in its favour.
Bought yourself a spanking new Galaxy Gear? Then you’ll want to update to the latest edition of the Gear Manager application as it brings with it a very major improvement. You can now enable practically all notifications from your phone to be displayed on your wrist. This has been a major issue for early adopters and it is good to see that Samsung has fixed this with the update. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Gear Manager update lets you display all notifications”
Qualcomm announced its own smartwatch known as the Toq at its annual developer conference UPLINQ 2013 in San Diego just before IFA 2013 in Berlin and we were lucky enough to meet folks from Qualcomm at IFA including Rob Chandok who is President of Qualcomm Internet Services and SVP of Qualcomm Technologies. We were indeed surprised that we could get our hands on the Toq Smartwatch. This Smartwatch seems pretty interesting compared to other similar products like the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony SmartWatch 2. Qualcomm has been working on the product for over 2 years and this is evident from the build quality and design of the product. Feels very premium and thought out. The best part is the Mirasol display which translates to great battery life and sun light visibility. Watch our hands on video below –
Here’s our Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch demo:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HhAL-M5V48 Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Gear Demo”
Much has been leaked about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Today at the Unpacked Event in Berlin, we finally got a chance to see for ourselves if the Korean giant’s first efforts to enter into the world of wearables would be something special and here are our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Shaped like a conventional watch, the Gear is chunky to say the least. It might not be the most visually appealing smartwatch but it’s not an eye sore either. The front is essentially a 1.63 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Gear Hands On”
Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch finally went official at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin, Germany. The Galaxy Gear was one of the most expected devices at the Samsung Unpacked 2. Galaxy Gear smart watch comes with a 1.63inch 320×320 pixels AMOLED display.
In terms of design, the front of the Galaxy Gear is dominated by the display and it is surrounded by metal frame (unusual for Samsung). The strap on the smart watch is made of rubber and as predicted by the rumors, there is a camera that is built onto the strap. The Galaxy Gear isn’t anything on its own and it mainly serves as a companion for your smartphone. The Galaxy Gear is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
Since only the latest version of Android (4.3 Jellybean) supports Low energy bluetooth profile, the number of compatible devices is expected to be limited at launch.
When connected to a smartphone, the Galaxy Gear will have the ability to receive calls, take voice memos and it will display all the notifications from your smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch Specifications
- 800MHz Single core processor
- 1.63inch 320×320 AMOLED display ( 277ppi)
- 1.9MP AutoFocus camera with BSI sensor
- 720p playback and recording
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 4GB internal memory + 512MB RAM
- 315mAh battery
The Galaxy Gear smart watch will be available in six different colors at launch – Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.
There is no word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy Gear will be launching along with Galaxy Note 3 on September 25th across 140 countries.
FoneArena is at IFA in Berlin, Germany and we are going to be covering the Samsung and Sony press conferences which are set for today September 4th 2013.If you are looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch do stay tuned to FoneArena’s live coverage of the Samsung unpacked press conference from Berlin.Follow the live blog below for minute by minute updates from the launch event.The actual event is supposed to start at 7PM Germany time or about 10:30PM India time, so on your browser.
It is no secret that Samsung plans to introduce a smartwatch at its upcoming event at IFA. Ahead of the launch, prolific leaker of upcoming devices ie evleaks has posted screenshots of the application that will interface with the watch.
The images confirm that the watch will be using NFC for pairing with smartphones but will also employ regular bluetooth based connectivity. The watch that is named SM-V700 will have a variety of apps including clock faces and several Samsung specific applications. A My Apps section can also be seen in the software but it remains to be seen what is included here. A find my watch function will presumably trigger an alarm and/or vibration feedback to help you locate your watch. We’ll be reporting live from IFA next week where we’ll have the complete low down on the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Note III and all other devices announced. Excited about Samsung’s smartwatch? Let us know why in the comments below!
[Via – Evleaks]