New trademark applications by Samsung could be related to an upcoming smartwatch and UI

New trademark applications by Samsung could be related to an upcoming smartwatch and UI
Samsung has applied for trademarks in Korea for Wheel UX and for Gear W with the Korean Intellectual Property Office. Both are believed to be related to a smartwatch that Samsung is working on. The company is currently believed to be prepping a circular version of its stand-alone smartwatch called the Gear A. Like the Tizen powered Samsung Gear S, the Gear A is said to be equipped with a 3G radio and can make and take calls and receive notifications without being paired to a smartphone.

The circular design of the Gear A is expected to allow it to use a new interface that will apparently be called Wheel UX. This will employ the use of a rotary bezel ring and a digital crown to aid in navigation of the watch screen. Applying for the Gear W trademark suggests that Sammy will be producing more watches using the Gear name combined with a letter. These models appear to be the stand-alone watches that offer 3G/Wi-Fi connectivity or Bluetooth connectivity.

The Gear A, which for now has the code name "Orbis," is expected to be available from the four major U.S. carriers when launched. For now, there is no information on when that is going to take place. One variant is expected to feature Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, while a second version is said to employ a Bluetooth connection.

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source: (translated) via SamMobile



1. seven7dust unregistered

for all the people moaning about the Apple watch , looks like they Apple got it right ,just like multi-touch on the iPhone digital crown or a wheel is necessary on a watch. Looks like samsung will finally make a useful gear watch that sells. rather than gimmicks like pinch zoom and keyboard, LOL it's a watch not a smartphone. Still android wear need something like this.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it doesn't look like they got it right. Even the reviews state that the digital crown is difficult to operate, too small,too fidgety.

3. seven7dust unregistered

which reviews most loved the UI only complained about third party apps , which will still need more updates to get fixed. it's not even launched yet so it's understandable. it's like complaining about beta apps. lets wait till it releases. the digital crown is the single best feature of the Apple watch. mark my words in a few years all smartwatches will have a equivalent of the digital crown.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In a few years, the smartwatch fad will have played out.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

You have easy, simple and to the point swipe and pinch zoom to navigate, i'd say digital crown is gimmick, at least samsung still allow swipe to navigate. Oh and you are not yet to give some reason why digital crown is so good??

9. seven7dust unregistered

LOL! samsung is patenting a similar approach , casue they failed with the original gears with the swipe methods it's necessary for third party apps to be more useful , to navigate quickly in lists , adjust data like alarm time or calorie goals, zoom in and out. plus having a physical button to launch apps is so much easier than android wear finger swipe methodology , too much swiping can get painful you know !

5. gaming64 unregistered

Fugly UI

8. seven7dust unregistered

circualr watches are nice though.

11. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

yes. but it's hard to optimize the entire screen to be useful.

10. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Apple introduce the "digital crown" and samsung is pushing this "digital wheel"? yep, Apple did it again.

12. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Did what again?

13. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Well just like multi-touch on the iPhone, a digital crown or a wheel is necessary on a watch. Apple did it again, by providing that last missing thing that helps a whole new industry to pop up and go mainstream.

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