We’ve all heard of Smartwatches. We’ve even seen some over the last few years, like LG’s attempt a few years ago, and Nike’s. We’ve even seen random ads spattered over internet pages advertising a smart-watch. What we haven’t seen so far is the Watch equivalent of Google Glass. Something simple, powerful, unique and gives users a reason to consider their product. We hope that this revolution will come before year end, and as expected, the competition is between Samsung and Apple.
Samsung and Apple have been neck and neck in the horse-race of smart phones and tablets for a few years now, every since the Galaxy Series began, making Android a serious competitor to iOS. The difference here is there is no photo-finish, no finish line really. So Samsung and Apply began to diversify product ranges, to capitalize on unimaginable markets. And that has now come down to smart-watches, between the Galaxy Gear, and the iWatch.
Samsung is all set to release the smart watch on it’s September 4th event, right before the IFA Berlin conference. It is also expected to reveal the Galaxy Note 3 soon, but that is for another story. What we do know, is that Samsung has been working on flexible displays, and even filed a patent for something that looks very much like a smartwatch.
The internet seems to be abuzz with information, and very interestingly, we have viewpoints at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Some leaks say that Gear will come with a static rectangular screen, and will require a nearby smartphone to pair with to use, which pretty much kills the idea of the smartwatch, and leaves it a glorified Bluetooth headset equivalent.
There are also plenty of rumors, these we hope are true, of a complete device as the wristwatch. It is rumored to carry a Exynos 4212, the same chipset which adorns the Galaxy Tab 3, and the S4 Zoom. The dual-core processor, clocked in at 1.5 GHz, Mali-400 GPU would be a great addition to a smart watch.
We also have a video posted by T3 on YouTube which shows a model of the smart-watch working. And we were really excited on seeing this.The video depicts the phone as having a 2-inch LCD screen whilst strapped on ( watch mode ), capable of making calls, sending texts, acing as a weather meter and a pedometer.
Then we un-furl the watch, and it turns into a fully functional, albeit modified version of Android 4.3 on a 3.5-inch screen ( extended mode ). In this state, it is as good ad as extra long smartphone screen, capable of apps, widgets, and more. This concept is very much in keeping with the patent filed by Samsung. The phone is rumored to come built with Bluetooth, NFC, S Voice and S health apps, Facebook and Twitter Integration, microUSB charging, and a massive 4 days of battery life. It is even rumored to have a 2 MP camera, and the where and why remains a mystery.
While we still know very little about the device, or if these rumors are even true, we can still hope. We still don’t know whether the Gear is a wristwatch paired with a smartphone, or a device unto itself. We don’t know of the specs, whether it will be Play Store compatible.
What we do know, is curious enough to make us eagerly await the September 4th unveiling of the device in Berlin. We have our fingers crossed for a game changing device, better than every smart watch we have so far, a device to set the standard against the rumored iWatch, and a smartwatch revolution to rival the Google Glass. We will bring you more information as it surfaces.