Samsung will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google's Android operating system and go on sale this year to beat a potentially competing product from Apple, the people said. The device will be unveiled Sept. 4, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show begins in Berlin, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the plans are private.
For instance, our sources who are familiar with Samsung's plans tell us Samsung has seeded many different variations of the watch design to developers, but most of them are said to have square screens and all have high quality OLED displays that show full spectrum of colors. It is said to be around 2.5 inches diagonally (and 3 inches diagonally including the case), is powered by a dual core processor and should have pretty decent battery life. That information lines up with an earlier SamMobile report suggesting a Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU and a 320 x 320 resolution display.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch are all but confirmed to be ready for an official unveiling on September 4th, and today we've received the shipping dates for both devices in our mailbox - the third-generation Note will start shipping in the same month it is announced, while the smartwatch will arrive in the market from October.
The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's first attempt at making a smartwatch. Reportedly, it features a 1.67 inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 pixels, NFC, 1GB of RAM, and an Exynos 4212 processor.
The Galaxy Note III seemingly features a 5.68 inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,200 mAh battery. The LTE version (model number SM-N9005) uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, while the non-LTE one (SM-N900) comes with Samsung's new Exynos 5420 Octa.
A lot of details have been surfacing about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch lately, and we have confirmed before that it will be unveiled on September 4th at Samsung UNPACKED event and start shipping from September / October.
According to an "insider" who spoke to SamMobile, the watch will be offered in white, orange, grey, black, and "white gold". The first four of those variants should all go on sale at once, during the 39th week of this year (which begins on September 23 and ends on September 29). The ‘white gold' Galaxy Gear will be in stores the next week, so between September 30 and October 6. This version could become an exclusive to specific regions and / or certain carriers.
Samsung Galaxy Gear prototype leaked by Venturebeat who got to spend some time with the smartwatch. What you see above is a snapshot of a Galaxy Gear promo video, as the media wasn't allowed to take photos of the actual prototype it had. Anyway, the display of the Galaxy Gear is 3" in size and is of the OLED variety. The screen is square, but sadly its resolution wasn't disclosed.
Samsung Galaxy Gear itself is colored in dark gray and black and sports built-in speakers in the strap. Naturally, there'll be more colors on the way, but they weren't detailed. On the top side, there's also a 4MP camera, which is used to record health data as well as taking pictures. There's a special piece of software which recognizes if the food is fat or contains grains.
The site also claims that the Gear will have 10+ hours of battery life, something which was rumored recently and has made people look at it with disdain even before its upcoming official announcement. The Gear will connect to a smartwatch via Bluetooth, and also via NFC as we'd learned from the screenshot of the Gear Manager companion app.
IFA is just a couple of days away and the Samsung Unpacked event is promising to be a blast with the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch making their first official appearance.
Samsung has announced its highly anticipated watch/smartphone companion - Galaxy Gear. And I have to say, it's a really interesting product, at least on paper.
Galaxy Gear (watch) Specs
- -1.63″ display (320 x 320)
- -800MHz processor
- -512 MB of RAM
- -4 GB storage
- -1.9 MP built-in camera (on wrist band)
- -speakers and mic (on clasp)
- -720p video playback and recording
- -NFC & Bluetooth 4.0
- -315mAh battery, 25+ hours
Now, more about the Galaxy Note 3. Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the new Note is both lighter, and slightly smaller than the Note II, weighing 168 grams and measuring 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm. That's nice, especially since the Note 3 sports a larger display than the older model: 5.7 inch (Super AMOLED, Full HD) vs. 5.5 inch. Another nice thing is that the Note 3 has "a soft and textured-touch back cover and delicate stitching."
Galaxy Note 3 Specs
- -5.68", Super AMOLED, 1080p, 386.5ppi, multi-touch, light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass
- -16 (rumor), 32, 64 GB storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
- -3200 mAh battery
- -Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, quad-core for 4G versions
- -Adreno 330 graphics processor
- -3GB RAM
- -13MP rear camera w/ 3x optical zoom & smart stability
- -1.9MP front camera
- -Android 4.3
- -4K/3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video recording, 24-bit/192KHz music playback
- -improved S-pen
- -IR Blaster, NFC
Galaxy Gear will cost $299, and should start shipping in some markets on September 25th, with worldwide roll-out planned for October.
Samsung Galaxy Gear will only support Android 4.3 and up, leaving you with only the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 at launch. Samsung did announce that the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 would be arriving in October, so soon there will be three supported devices for the Gear.
The reason behind this requirement is likely because Android 4.3 adds native support for Bluetooth LE (low-energy), and if you're still rocking a Galaxy S II, it's time for an upgrade.
There's always a chance that Gear support could come in the future, but we're certainly not counting on it, especially with this first-generation wearable. It's not clear if Galaxy Nexus devices will be supported when updated to Android 4.3 as well, but Samsung has confirmed that the Gear will work with a refreshed Galaxy S4.
Hey Canadian, time has finally come when you are able put your down payment for a shiny new smartwatch from Samsung. That's right, the Galaxy Gear has become up for pre-order in Canada, from retailers Best Buy and Future Shop. It will set you back $299, and it is expected to get to stores on October 4th. Initial stock will be limited, so better hurry and call dibs in your Galaxy Gear by hitting up that source link to place a pre-order.
As a reminder, the Galaxy Gear has a 1.63? Super AMOLED screen of 320 x 320 resolution, a 1.9-megapixel camera around the strap, 4GB of storage, a 315mAh battery that (unfortunately) lasts a day on average use, and six different color options. At launch, it will only be compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 (along with the Galaxy S4 and Note 2 once they're updated to Android 4.3), and can connect to it via Bluetooth (or NFC) and permit you to sync messages, take calls, perform voice actions for example setting alarms, monitor exercise, and more.
Lee Young-hee, executive v . p . for marketing in the Samsung's mobile division, stressed its first wristwatch, the Galaxy Gear, is "definitely receiving good response."
"The Galaxy Gear is a wow product. It's a wholly new and must-have accessory," said the vice president Lee, downplaying growing criticism about the wristwatch. "It only weighs 74 grams and it's super easy to receive a call or send a text."
But Samsung declined to unveil sales targets for the Gear. Lee also denied a rumor that Samsung was at the process of developing a new Galaxy Gear.
The Note3 and equipment were already announced at this year's IFA trade exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The nation's three mobile carriers will release the Note3 and equipment.
The suggested list price for the Note3 was set at 1.06 million won, while the Gear, which sports 1.63-inch display, will sell for 396,000 won without contracts.
"All functions from the Gear is going to be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note2 and Galaxy S3 after December," said obama.
In a related note, Samsung said it will hire more experts with proven knowledge in interface and consumer experience, a move aimed at improving the degree of experience to lead over rivals in the changing electronic devices industry.
"We've acknowledged our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and consumer experience, Samsung devices will improve in terms of customer satisfaction," said a Samsung official.
AT&T has official revealed the exact launch date of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3. We knew that the new Android Jelly Bean handset would be available in early October. Now AT&T is reconfirming this, adding the device is going to be released on October 4. As previously reported, the 2nd larges US mobile carrier will launch the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch simultaneously with the Note 3.
The Galaxy Note 3 will cost $299.99 with a 2 year contract, you can get either the black, or white. Samsung Galaxy Gear costs $299.99 will be arriving black and white, no contract necessary
Both the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear happen to be available to pre-order at AT&T now. Customers who've already made pre-orders should be expecting to receive their goods as soon as tomorrow, October 1.
Besides AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular are all preparing to sell the Galaxy Note 3 starting early the following month.
Great news for Verizon Galaxy S3 customers, the long-awaited Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S III is now rolling out. It's finally here build number I535VRUCML1, complete with the last Jelly Bean release and Galaxy Gear compatibility.
Here's the full Android 4.3 changelog:
- - GALAXY GEAR Support
- - TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- - Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- - New Samsung Keyboard
- - GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- - New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- - New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- - Daydream
- - KNOX included
- - Driving mode
- - Actionable notifications
- - Move-to-SD-card feature
- - New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- - New Additions in Notification Centre
- - Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface - Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- - Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands - Galaxy S4 feature)
- - New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- - Full screen Samsung apps
- - New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
Source: Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3
As you probably already know, the Samsung Galaxy Gear was fairly limited in its feature-set initially, but Samsung has added more and more functionality to the smartwatch over the last few months.
Looks like the Galaxy Gear is getting voice guided navigation through their headphones. We learned, however, that the majority would just visually remember the route to take, immediately close the app to save battery life, and put their smartphone back into their pocket. From time to time, they would reopen the navigation to check whether they're still on the right route.
With the Android SDK, it was easy for Symphony Teleca to develop TurnByTurn, an app with which you can plan your routes on your Samsung Galaxy and then synchronize them with your Samsung Galaxy Gear. The smart watch will then take over all the navigation instructions and alert you visually and audibly about upcoming turns.