Apple’s beaten again! The company once known for creating new device categories is now in the catching up game with Android. Samsung has taken the lead and announced the much talked about Android powered smartwatch dubbed Galaxy Gear.
Samsung today announced Galaxy Gear at IFA event. The watch is no more a plastic toy, instead its made of, yes you read it right, metal. The strap seems to be made of rubber. The screen on the smartwatch is 1.63-inch AMOLED display and the stap is equipped with a camera.
Galaxy Gear doesn’t have hardware for phone so it’s not a WatchPhone (and considering how much power celllular chips will consume a smartwatch may not be able to hold big enough battery at the moment).
The smartwatch will pair with your Samsung Galaxy phones via low-powered Bluetooth and a dedicated app. What’s unclear is whether the watch will support non Galaxy phones or not. As we have seen with other Samsung devices (Smart TVs) they work only with Samsung tablets or smartphones – which may look like a vendor lock within the Android ecosystem.
Once the watch is paired with compatible device a user will be able to get all notifications on the watch, place or return calls and much more.
Samsung is reportedly also working on apps for the Smartwatch and there will be over 70 apps available when the device hits the market.