CNET reported today that Samsung officially unveiled its smartwatch at the IFA show in Berlin Germany. Slated to be released worldwide on September 25, at the same time as the new Galaxy Note 3, the smartwatch will not be available in the US and Japan until October 2013.
Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch - a touch-screen timepiece that is worn on the wrist. It can control your music, tracks, etc., and make phone calls. The Android-powered Gear was unveiled at the IFA 2013 and is expected to usher in a new generation of smartwatches and wearable gadgets.
The smartwatch is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and sports a 1.63-inch, 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen. It shows one tile at a time on the small screen.
The Galaxy Gear has a metal face and adjustable buckle set on a flexible strap. It comes in six colors - black, gray, orange, lime green, and beige.
The smartwatch has a small 1.9-megapixel camera on the side of its strap - named 'memographer' by Samsung. The camera options include auto or macro focus, and photos can be 1,392x1,392 or 1,280x960 pixels. Videos last 10 seconds, with sound, and can be 720p, 640x640, 640x480, or 480x480 pixels.
Users can control the smartwatch by swiping left and right through a selection of screens. Scrolling to the right, the default screens include the home screen, the notifications, the voice memos, the S Voice commands, the photo gallery, the music player, a pedometer, settings, and an apps shortcut. Contacts and call logs appear by scrolling to the left.
The Talking Watch
The smartwatch uses low-power Bluetooth to communicate with smartphones - for now, only the Galaxy Note 3. Pairing the smartwatch with the Note 3 allows the watch to talk to the phone, control music, or view notifications without taking the smartphone out of your pocket. And the Gear Manager companion app installed on a smartphone allows users to adjust the settings of smartwatch. Other options include the Find My Device feature that lets users track their smartphone.