Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Mobile Tech
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Wrists, Meet Samsung
Wrists, Meet Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

By Barry Levine
September 4, 2013 12:08PM

    Bookmark and Share
Samsung is one of the first major manufacturers out the door with a smart watch, but in the coming weeks, Microsoft and Apple are expected to release their initial products in this category, and Sony just announced an upgraded version of its entry. Qualcomm has announced a limited release of its own smart watch, and Google is rumored to be interested in a device of its own.
 



The fall season of the smart watch has begun. On Wednesday, Samsung unveiled its much-awaited Galaxy Gear smart watch.

The watch was shown at an event in Berlin, on the eve of the big IFA trade show. It's a 1.6-inch companion device to the newly unveiled giant Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Galaxy Gear has a 320x320 color OLED screen and its functions include texting, e-mails and alerts that signal incoming phone calls.

The device automatically locks if it is beyond 1.5 meters from its smartphone buddy. A key function of the smart watch, of course, is to "find my phone," and the Note can also find the watch. Samsung has said it expects to expand the range of companion devices beyond the Note 3, possibly later this year.

The Gear can also receive commands by voice, utilizing Samsung's S Voice technology and its onboard microphone. There's also a speaker, a 1.9-megapixel camera for taking still photos or 720p high-definition video, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, an unspecified microprocessor running at 800 MHz, 512 MB of memory and 4 GB of internal storage. Connectivity to the Note 3 is via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and the company said the 315 mAh battery can last up to 24 hours.

A Piece of Jewelry

In other words, the Gear has many of the functions of a smartphone, except smaller and without the cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity. However, it also doesn't have a headphone jack, so headphone listening would need to be done via Bluetooth.

Samsung is also trying to position the device as a piece of jewelry that can "go well with any outfit." The Gear, made in plastic and with a metallic face, comes in such colors as Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green. Initial reactions from some observers, however, have characterized the design as clunky or blocky.

Users can employ a swiping motion to move between apps and between screens, and the interface has been designed to accommodate one-finger navigation. The device even tells time, in any of several clock faces that also include weather. A physical button returns the user to the home screen.

Companionship, Connectivity

Other apps include a stopwatch, music player controls, pedometer, phone call dialing, as well as several included third-party apps -- Evernote, eBay, MyFitnessPal, Path, and Tripit, with more on the way.

Samsung is one of the first major manufacturers out the door with a smart watch, but in the coming weeks, Microsoft and Apple are expected to release their initial products in this category. Google has similarly been rumored to be interested in this kind of product.

One major competitive disadvantage the Gear will face is that it is currently limited to working with a Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, while Sony's coming SmartWatch 2, among others, is expected to work with any Android 4.0+ device. Another possible disadvantage is the Gear's need to rely on the smartphone for connectivity. There are reports that a start-up company called Omate will be releasing a smart watch next month that has 3G connectivity and doesn't need the smartphone to make calls or surf the Net.

Samsung has not yet announced pricing, although there are reports the Gear will cost about $300. It is set for release on Sept. 25.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
4.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
5.   Facebook To Force Use of Messenger


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Threat
Say Apple-IBM alliance can't hurt them.
Average Rating:
BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
German security firm offers street cred.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.