updated 01:53 am EST, Thu December 26, 2013
Gear successor may be sleeker with flexible screen
A patent filing revealed last week shows that a future successor to Samsung's ill-received Galaxy Gear smartwatch may sport a sleeker design with a flexible display. Dutch site Galaxy Club pointed out the USPTO filing, which shows off a device much slimmer than Samsung's much-hyped smartwatch. The device described in the patent filing could, in fact, be related to the rumored Galaxy Band device that Samsung is said to be preparing.
Earlier this week, Electronista reported on the Galaxy Band, a rumored device that would have fitness and body metric monitoring at its core. That device, reportedly, would feature an array of sensors capable of monitoring pressure, humidity, motion, temperature, heart rate, and more. Samsung has reportedly grabbed former Apple software engineer Luc Julia, who worked on the iPhone maker's Siri digital assistant prior to leaving that company.
Image via Galaxy Club
The recently revealed patent, in fact, appears to describe a fitness-oriented device, as one illustration shows a notification inviting the user to take a run. Another notification shows the user on a bike, while the wrist-mounted device communicates with a smartphone in the user's bag.
Additional clues about the device's purpose could be divined from the drawings in the filing. Whereas the Galaxy Gear had a wealth of features, including a microphone and a camera, the device in the filing is comparatively spare. It appears to consist largely of its flexible screen and an equally flexible body. According to the filing, the type and amount of information shown on the display could well change depending on the orientation of the device.
Samsung has made it plain that the Gear is but the first in a line of devices. The South Korean tech giant even admitted some of the Gear's shortcomings shortly after it was released to lackluster reviews.
"We've acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special," one Samsung representative was quoted as saying. "With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction."