Samsung to unveil 'smartwatch' next month: reports

Aug 17, 2013
A Samsung logo is displayed at a showroom in Seoul on July 5, 2013. South Korea's Samsung Electronics will unveil its new Galaxy Gear "smartwatch" early next month, ahead of Apple's iWatch, Bloomberg news and a fan site said Saturday.

South Korea's Samsung Electronics will unveil its new Galaxy Gear "smartwatch" early next month, ahead of Apple's iWatch, Bloomberg news and a fan site said Saturday.

The Galaxy Gear, which will allow users to make calls, access email and even surf the Internet, will launch on September 4, said the sammobile.com site.

The world's top handset maker will also launch its new Galaxy Note 3 on that day, the site reported.

Bloomberg said the first version of the smart watch would not have a .

Wearable computing, including Google's Glass eyewear, is considered as the next frontier in consumer electronics following smartphones.

In June, Sony unveiled the latest version of its SmartWatch, which links with smartphones to receive alerts about phone calls, emails and updates from social networks and also includes a music function.

Samsung's US rival Apple has long been rumoured to be working on introducing an "iWatch", which would represent the biggest gadget launch by the firm since the iPad mini last year.

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Humpty
1 / 5 (4) Aug 18, 2013
Yes the smarter version of the digital / calculator watch...

That came out 30 years ago....

In principle an excellent idea.

In reality, people will only tolerate so much trade off between miniturisation and practicality.

The watches, while technically excellent, are into the physical dimension of short lived idiotic novelty.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Aug 18, 2013
Maybe if it had a display which could freely rotate to keep the right orientation to your face or something. Maybe in conjunction with google glass display. I don't know I just don't see how this would work. Watches are a pain unless they are for posturing re rolex.

Could be the start of personal networks with glasses, earbuds, and sensors around the body recording physiology. A precursor to an implanted network with the actual communicator outside the body where RF is less hazardous.