Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch said to be in development, could be unveiled at CES
Hoping to capture a huge advantage over Apple by launching its smartwatch first, Samsung disappointed the masses by pairing the timepiece to only one phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Not only has the latter not yet been released, it also is a more expensive phone. In addition, battery life on the watch is not exactly up to snuff since it can't run a full day without a charge. Those in the Korean media say that Samsung released the Gear smartwatch to test the demand for the product.
Samsung might have felt compelled to rush out the watch to beat out rival Apple and the upcoming iWatch. Apple has run into delays and has hired a number of engineers hoping to get the smartwatch to the next level of development. It is expected that the iWatch won't see the light of day until the middle of 2014.
Speculation has the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 equipped with GPS capabilities to offer location data, and could be compatible with all Android smartphones. The sequel to the Gear watch could be unveiled as soon as CES 2014 this January in Las Vegas or at MWC 2014 the following month.
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1. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1008; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I thought Samsung came out and said that they would support all Android devices? The experience will of course be different because of Samsung specific applications not being able to port over, but the main features should still work.
4. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
meh just wait for Apple or google to make a smartwatch. This thing pretty much sucks. It's way too big, only lasts a day, and is too expensive for essentially doing nothing. Oh ya, and the verge reports that it is super laggy too.
9. rd_nest (Posts: 1118; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Yea, Apple and Google are known to make amazing smartwatches since 1967. I have multiple iWatch and some g-watch too.
13. Lift_Off (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
I said wait, I didn't say they already made one.... but thanks for that though.
6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
whats the use of smartwatch? i'm thinking if you want to push technology further. smartwatches should play hollographic image. like if somebody call you will just tap. then the image pops out like a hologram about 15" or less. then the use of smartphones would be the thing of the past. IMO
but, having a watch like that would be really cool. I'll just wait for the technology to happen. :)
14. iampayne (Posts: 321; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
Just give me the phone from "Recall" thats embedded in my hand.
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3135; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
This is what i don't like about the theory of 'a flagship per year'.
Well, this might not be a flagship but let's check this out...when was the Gear launched? Last month. 20 days later, rumors of Gear 2 is on the news. Who in the world would want to buy the first when the next is stated to be 'not far away'? I really don't like it... The value is somehow depleting. Personal opinion though.
5. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
i agree. It gives disappointment to all people who bought the first product and while being happy for a few months, then a new and updated products came out. Not only it gives disappointment, it also gives confusion. If you know what i mean. (S4 = 7 variants)
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
The Galaxy Gear's design didn't come out too badly. However, I think Sony's idea of having a smartwatch as a dumb terminal is a better idea as it uses less power. Also a camera that records 8 secs of video is stupid - just dump the camera! We don't need them on our watches.
7. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
It won't be out there early, it will probably be released with the Galaxy S5 before the summer. It would make no sense to announce it 3 months after the first Gear.
10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Gear has a bright future. Future I say, cause in order for it to work with your device, it has to have BT4.0, Android 4.3 that utilizes it, and the app specifically coded for your phone to pass all security gates - securely - in order to allow the watch to basically control the phone, calls, connectivita, data, sharing, everything.
So basically first adopters will do the regular first adopter polishing job with their feedback - which is quite exciting - then Sammy will release a more mature Gear, hopefully with battery-in-strap and flexible display so it is a refined device when others are only kicking off a watch with such mobile capabilities.
11. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1609; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
that guy must of been watching too many cartoons..hahah
12. DavidRedpath (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
No noyt another over price remote control wp.me/p36QpK-E5
15. Blazers (Posts: 321; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
This is no Google Glass.
$300 is quite expensive for an admitted experimental beta product that will only work with (eventually) a handful of smartphones. They should give early adaptors an incentive....like being able to trade in for almost full value of the Gear for the Gear 2. Of course that will never happen hahaha.