New form follows speculative renderings
After unveiling the Gear 2 on Sunday, Samsung made a surprise announcement--the Gear Fit--during Monday's Mobile World Congress event focusing on the Galaxy S5. The Fit departs from the squarish, chunky form of the first- and second-generation Gear watches, opting instead for a narrow display and focusing on fitness applications. Electronista donned the Fit to see if the sleek design equates to an improved experience.
Interface presented on curved AMOLED display
Samsung has continued its Galaxy introductions with another watch, the Gear Fit, which will be sold alongside the Gear 2 and Neo. As its name suggests, the Fit focuses on fitness features and brings a more compact build than its larger cousins. Central to the new design is a 1.84-inch curved AMOLED display with 432x128 resolution.
Tizen-powered Galaxy Gear successors are incremental upgrade
Samsung has unveiled two smart watches as successors to the Galaxy Gear, confirming rumors from yesterday. Launched the day before Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy S5, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are updated versions that retains the styling of the original but makes a number of improvements, including switching from running on Android to Tizen, and removing the Galaxy branding altogether.
New smart watches will apparently not use the Galaxy branding
Rumors of Samsung offering multiple models of its smart watch in the future may in fact be true, based on leaked images. A low-resolution image of two follow-up devices to the Galaxy Gear was posted online, followed by a second, higher-resolution version, though it turns out the smart watches may not actually be part of the Galaxy device range at all.
Next Samsung smart watch said to use Tizen instead of Android
Samsung could launch multiple new models of the Galaxy Gear smart watch at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. A separate report also claims the electronics giant will also change the software running on the device, away from the version of Android used in the current version and onto the lesser-used Tizen mobile operating system.
Cut in price of smart watch by AT&T, Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has received some cuts in price in the United States, with both Best Buy and AT&T discounting the smart watch. At the same time, more reports are claiming to confirm a successor to the wrist-based device will be revealed at Mobile World Congress later this month, alongside the Galaxy S5, and the Galaxy Tab 4.
Unpacked event to be restrained launch compared to Galaxy S4
Samsung's "Unpacked 2014 Episode 1" event at Mobile World Congress will not only host the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, but also a new Galaxy Gear, claims a report. Sources of the New York Times claim that the event will be a "relatively low-key" affair when compared to the singing and dancing used for the launch of the Galaxy S4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall last March.
Revised Samsung smart watch will have updated design
The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch could be launched in March or April at a London event, according to a report. The smart watch is also said to have a curved or flexible OLED screen, instead of the original's 1.6-inch AMOLED version, along with a new updated design that could help Samsung gain more acceptance in the wearable devices market.
Fitness features paired with notifications
As expected, many CES exhibitors chose to focus on wearable technology this year. Razer was among the companies attempting to make a foray into the growing market, introducing the Nabu wristband that provides smartphone notifications and fitness features. We met with one of the product engineers this week to try on a prototype and see how it compares to Nike's FuelBand and more complex devices such as the Galaxy Gear.
Eye-scanning feature on Galaxy S5 response to Apple iPhone 5S
Samsung could be releasing the Galaxy S5 by April, according to the company's executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young. The follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could potentially include an eye scanner in order to compete with the iPhone 5s and its fingerprint-reading technology, with the smartphone also likely to be paired with a smartwatch at the time of release.
Galaxy Band, other wearable be in the offing
Samsung may be preparing to reveal yet another wearable computing device in the near future, as Samsung UK hinted this week that such a device was in the offing. A post on the Samsung UK Twitter feed teased the unveiling of a new Samsung device, and the presence of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in that post has observers speculating that Samsung's next big unveil may be another entry in its nascent line of wearable tech. Some speculate that Samsung could show off a new wrist-mounted device as soon as next week's Consumer Electronics Show.
Smart watch, fitness wristband touted alongside LG G3
LG is said to be still working on wearable devices, though it appears to be more than just a smart watch, with a number of potential specifications for the company's next flagship smartphone also leaking. A new report claims that the electronics producer will catch up with Samsung and its Galaxy Gear by releasing the G-Arch smart watch, with a health and fitness wristband dubbed "G-Health" also being touted as a second, separate release.
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.
Samsung updates notifications on Galaxy Gear for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail
Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improving the notifications on the device. Messages and tweets from Gmail, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger can now be partially read on the wristwear, reports Pocket-Lint, with changes to Smart Relay making the switch between viewing information on the watch and a smartphone easier. The lift-and-pause gesture for activating the clock has also been improved.
Siri engineering head now at Samsung for wearables
Samsung will release a follow-up to its ill-received Galaxy Gear smartwatch, one that will expand the company's nascent line of wearable devices instead of replacing the Gear. The new device, according to Digital Daily, would be dubbed the Galaxy Band, and it would have a notably different focus than the Gear. Leading the development of this new device would be Luc Julia, a former software engineer for Apple's Siri, who jumped ship to Samsung earlier this year.
Separate reports suggest lower sales, shipment figures
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has sold more than 800,000 units since its September launch, according to the company. The revealed sales figures comes after recent reports claiming that the number of Galaxy Gear devices being used by consumers is closer to 50,000 units, something that Samsung feels the need to correct.
Samsung's smartwatch gets better notification display with update
Samsung on Friday released a software update for the Galaxy Gear Manager app on smartphones compatible with its smartwatch. The update allows the Gear to receive full notifications from non-Samsung apps, addressing a major complaint that appeared in many reviews of the device. The Gear Manager update follows shortly after Samsung issued a firmware update for the smartwatch itself, which improved stability and interoperation with a number of other Samsung smartphones.
A smartwatch unstuck in time
If the tech analysts and manufacturers are to be believed, we sit on the cusp of a boon in wearable technology. With its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung has tried to get the jump on its competitors -- pushing out a powerful, feature-heavy smartphone companion while other devices focus on displaying notifications and showing what time it is. The Galaxy Gear has had a rough debut, but does the truth of the device lie somewhere between Samsung's marketing speak and the tech press' takes on it? Find out in our in-depth review.
Phones 4u promotion gives away Galaxy Gear with Note 3
UK Samsung fans can get their hands on Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch for free if they are willing to pick up the Galaxy Note 3 as well. Phones 4u has announced a weeklong promotion, beginning today, in which the retailer will give away the ¬£299 Galaxy Gear to customers buying the Note 3 on contract. The promotion requires that customers pick up the devices in physical stores.
Verizon GS4 owners first to get new Gear compatibility
Galaxy S4 owners with Verizon as a carrier should begin receiving a software update today that will enable their devices to work with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The update, which installs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, will be rolling out to other device owners and other carrier customers over the coming weeks. Samsung will eventually roll out Gear compatibility to many of the higher-end Galaxy devices it has released over the last two years.
Samsung smartwatch apparently not going over well
Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch may have a return rate as high as 30 percent at Best Buy, according to a leaked internal document from the popular electronics retailer. Geek.com acquired the document, which solicits opinions from on-site Samsung staff as to why customers may be returning the device. The document also gives exact dates for when Gear compatibility will expand to other Samsung devices.
Galaxy Gear smart watch to work with five more Galaxy smartphones
Samsung will be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to more devices than previously thought. The manufacturer will not only allow the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Note III to communicate with the smart watch via a scheduled Android 4.3 update, but also adding devices to the compatibility list through a smaller software update.
German Galaxy S 4 receives Jelly Bean update first, more to follow
Samsung has started to roll out its Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S4. The update, which leaked earlier this week, brings a number of improvements to Android itself as well as Samsung-specific changes, and also allows the Galaxy S 4 to communicate with the Galaxy Gear smart watch over Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy.
Galaxy Gear commercials tout high-tech concept
Samsung has begun the marketing push for its Galaxy Gear smart watch with a pair of ads airing during Sunday's NFL broadcasts. The two spots focus on the futuristic aspect of the wrist-mounted computer, showing how such technology has long been a fantasy. They feature wrist-mounted devices being used in audio and video from a long line of television broadcasts, from Star Trek to Predator on through Power Rangers.
Promises to improve interface, experience
A Samsung representative has reportedly admitted that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch may not be living up to expectations. In an interview with Korea Times, which was referenced by UnwiredView, an unnamed Samsung official noted that "we've acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special."
Samsung shows two gold Galaxy S 4 versions heading to Middle East
Samsung is preparing to sell a version of the Galaxy S 4 with gold trim. An image on the company's Arabian Twitter account shows a gold edition, reports The Verge, while its Facebook page shows both a Gold Pink and Gold Brown version. It is though that the gold editions will only be sold in the Middle East, though considering the popularity of the iPhone 5s in the color, it could appear in other markets in the future. Briefly: Samsung plans golden Galaxy s 4, Galaxy Note 3 launches in Europe
Sprint shipping Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear on October 4th
Sprint has joined AT&T and T-Mobile in offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch to its customers. Both will be available from the carrier starting from October 4th, with the Galaxy Note 3 priced at $350 with a two-year contract, as well as under Sprint's new One Up early-upgrade program. The Galaxy Gear, available separately, will cost $300.
AT&T commencing Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch orders at midnight
T-Mobile will be opening up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 later this week, starting from the 18th. While T-Mobile will commence sales of the Samsung phablet from Wednesday, AT&T will be doing the same for the Galaxy Gear smart watch from midnight tonight, having already started its Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders earlier.
Samsung set for quick sequel to Galaxy Gear
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has yet to hit store shelves, rumors have already surfaced of a sequel that could be revealed as soon as CES 2014, reports The Korea Times. The Galaxy Gear 2 is expected to be a more refined iteration of the original device which was apparently rushed to market on the back of Apple iWatch speculation and to gauge public interest in smartwatches. The updated device is also expected to add an on board GPS module, adding to the Galaxy Gearís already feature filled specifications.
New phablets hit Canada through Telus
Canadians interested in Samsung's most recently revealed tech can get their hands on the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear at the beginning of next month. Canadian carrier Telus confirmed to Engadget on Sunday that the two gadgets will launch on its network on October 4. The other major Canadian carriers have given no indication on when customers can expect to see those devices, though observers note they are likely to follow soon after.
New watch put to the test
Following Samsung's IFA event and a simultaneous promotion in New York City at Times Square, the company allowed press to get up close and personal with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Marketed as a companion device for Galaxy-series smartphones and tablets, the wearable accessory serves as a notification center and a standalone mobile platform. We spent some time wearing and using the watch to gauge its usefulness against the marketing fluff.
Wearable companion for phone, tablet
As expected, Samsung has formally unveiled its Galaxy Gear smart watch at an IFA event in Berlin. As detailed in earlier leaks, the watch serves as a wearable "companion device" to use with tablets and smartphones. Without taking their phone out of a pocket, users can preview incoming texts, e-mails, calls or other notifications, or take advantage of voice input to place calls and record memos.
Galaxy Gear gets tipped before Sept. 4 reveal
Ahead of a confirmed September 4 unveiling new images have emerged on the Internet showing off a prototype Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. VentureBeat got a look at the prototype device, which it says had been shipped out to developers and a few select partners. Samsung, reportedly, will make a big push at positioning Galaxy Gear as a fitness companion.