Software update to add support for Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung will be bringing Android 4.3 to two more Galaxy devices later this year, after revealing its new Galaxy Note 3 will ship with the latest version of Jelly Bean. Both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 will receive the mobile operating system update, which will be issued to carriers sometime in October, and will reach customer devices shortly afterward.
Gear Manager app to change watch face, app settings on Galaxy Gear
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will pair with a smartphone over NFC, according to newly-leaked screenshots. Images said to be from the Samsung Gear Manager app show that the Galaxy Gear will initially pair quickly over NFC, with further connections between phone and watch to take place over its low-power Bluetooth 4.0 radio.
Smartwatch to be revealed at same time as Galaxy Note III
An executive at Samsung has confirmed that its smartwatch will be launching at its September 4th event at IFA, alongside the Galaxy Note III. Mobile business executive vice president Lee Young-hee said that Samsung will "be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear" at the event, though initial reports of a flexible screen are apparently incorrect.
Report claims Galaxy Gear reveal occurring on same day as Galaxy Note 3 launches
Samsung is going to launch its long-rumored smartwatch at its Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event on September 4th, according to a report. The smartwatch, named the Samsung Galaxy Gear according to recent trademark filings, could end up sharing the company stage at the IFA event in Germany with the expected Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung smartwatch patent turned into render
The team at Voucher Codes Pro has engaged a graphic designer to mock up renders of what a recently filed Samsung smartwatch design patent would look like in the flesh. If the device, rumored to be called the Samsung Gear, reaches the market in this form it could be a runaway hit. Samsung has been developing flexible AMOLED technology, which it has dubbed Samsung Youm, for a number of years, but has yet to ship a product it. A wristwatch could be the most practical way of bringing the tech to a shipping device.
Smartphone Support System now available for Samsung Galaxy S4
On Monday, case maker PureGear announced the availability of its Smartphone Support System for Samsung Galaxy S4. First released for iPhone 5, S4 owners can now buy this versatile case system. The unit is the first to deliver a variety of functional options for the Galaxy S4, allowing users to position their smartphone as needed by propping it up, or clipping it to an object. Available in black/black and white/gray, the Smartphone Support System is priced at $35 at PureGear as well as a variety of US Retailers.
Second 'Gear' filing narrows focus to smartwatches, confirms name
Samsung may be bringing its long-rumored smartwatch under its Galaxy branding, according to a new trademark filing. Following on from an earlier trademark registration filed in late June of this year for the "Samsung Gear," the company has opted to file another registration, but this time for "Samsung Galaxy Gear."