Emerging Smartwatch Market
Maxwell Smart was well ahead of his time, and it seems only now are we beginning to see the true smartwatch market emerge. Tech sites around the world have been reporting on Samsung's Galaxy Gear overnight, a wearable device that works in tandem with a compatible Samsung smartphone.
Connecting via Bluetooth, the Gear smartwatch is really just a remote control for your smartphone. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because with the various apps, built-in 1.9 megapixel camera, push notifications and so on it does mean that your smartphone can stay in your pocket, handbag, briefcase or whatever.
As mentioned, aside from the built-in camera, the magnetic arm-clip design of the band also features a dual-mic and speaker meaning you can actually make and receive calls without even touching your smartphone.
Gestures play a large role in interaction with the smartwatch as you would expect with a 1.63” SuperAMOLED (320×320 pixel) screen. Initial reports from those in attendance at IFA 2013 in Berlin however have reported the responsiveness of the watch a little sluggish, which isn't overly suprising for what could be considered a real-world first generation smartwatch.
Initially Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 but we would expect with future Android updates backwards compatibility should see the Gear market open up to other devices.
Pricing and release date is still unknown at this stage.