Samsung unveils plans for wearables: slimmer Galaxy Gear by April, health functions coming, and one more thing

Samsung unveils plans for wearables: slimmer Galaxy Gear by April, health functions coming, and one more thing
Samsung will release a thinner, evolved Galaxy Gear smartwatch with improved new features, possibly including health-related functionality. The new device will be officially unveiled alongside the Galaxy S5 by April, according to Samsung’s own mobile VP Lee Young Hee.

“When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved,” Lee said in an interview with Bloomberg.

Samsung will also shift focus to adding health functionality to its wearables, so you’d be able to use them to check your calorie intake, heart rate and stress levels.

“Health-care related functions will be the most inherently tied functions to future wearables,” Lee said. “We see a very big potential from there.”

We already know that Apple is hard at work on a wrist-worn device that many are saying would be called the iWatch. In reality, Apple’s tight-lipped policy makes it hard to say whether that wrist-worn device would indeed be a watch, or just some kind of a wristband. What we do know is that Apple has hired top-level industry experts in the fitness field, and chances are its new wearable will come with the capability to somehow track your fitness. There will clearly be a huge battle in this emerging wearables category, and Samsung is trying to stay ahead of the curve, and naturally - ahead of Apple, with this announcement.

A new Galaxy Gear, however, is not all. Samsung is also planning a “one more thing” moment by the end of the year with the release of a second wearable device. It’s keeping all details a secret at the moment, but this is set to only fuel speculations. The most obvious candidate for this mysterious second wearable is a Google Glass-like device made by Samsung. A patent filing from October 2013 reveals that Samsung is indeed working on eyeglasses that tether to a smartphone to display information, and can be used to take and make calls.

All in all, Samsung is starting the year with a bang, and we are finally starting to see proof that 2014 will indeed be the year of the wearable.

source: Bloomberg

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11 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Galaxy Gear is kind of a fail...it completely misses the point of a smart watch...if they were going to do it again they would have to: Make it waterproof Better battery Life (1day is absolutely pathetic!)

6. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Easy there I get good 2days

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I too get 2 days. I would have to agree to make it more waterproof. I wash my hands quite a bit and having to take it off every time is not ideal. Then again, it is electronics on my wrist so I do understand.

9. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Anytime 2 to 3 days for me.

10. monkeylarue1

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Don't hate if you can't afford one. Also all smart watches at CES are not that impressive.

2. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

My 2014 Sammy Kit : Note 3 (4???) + slimGear + Tab Pro 12.2 !!! Yeah ! Bring it on !

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

i want samsung galaxy wear :D i need a jacket which makes check in in every shop or rest :D

4. daveydog

Posts: 69; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

That should help sell the current model at 300 bucks.

5. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Hope they improve the wristband above anything, my large wrist made it uncomfortable to wear.

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Tell me about I know ppl can't buy because of that reason... Koreans

11. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

i want it with pulseoxymetri, that would be instant buy

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