August 14, 2013 5:29pm
We know how much you love rumour and speculation, so here’s a doozy for you.
Samsung had admitted that it is working on a smart watch, and we’ve seen evidence that it is going to take on the (awful) name Galaxy Gear. Now, according to SamMobile, which is fairly consistent when it comes to Android leaks, Samsung will debut the Galaxy Gear during the press conference they’ll use to announce the Galaxy Note 3.
Whether the Galaxy Gear will be mainly a companion accessory to Samsung smartphones, or work with all Android devices, remains to be seen, but we’re betting the former. Since Samsung has such a huge lead in the Android market anyway, it wouldn’t do much harm to limit it to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note family, and the Korean OEM could invoke private APIs for increased functionality.
Earlier this year, Sony debuted its SmartWatch 2, an improved version of the problematic timepiece from a couple of years ago. Though the SmartWatch 2 looks to be a huge improvement over the first generation model, it still tries to fit typical Android functionality onto a small screen. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear needs to make Android invisible in order to be effective, while retaining the information- and customization-dense nature of the operating system. Similarly, Samsung would do well to ensure optimal battery life, either by using a low-power OLED display (perhaps of the flexible variety) or, like Pebble, an e-paper variant.