Samsung and Qualcomm announce Android smartwatches

While rumors and even leaked images of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch have popped up on the Internet already, today Samsung officially announced its plans to launch the Android-based wrist device. The product will go on sale Sept. 25 in most parts of the world (but not the U.S.) on the same day as the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

As it turns out, some of previous rumors about the Galaxy Gear, including that it is supposed to have a 3-inch screen, were false. Samsung says the smartwatch has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320. Another rumor claimed it would have a 4-megapixel camera but the real version's camera, which is placed on the strap, is only 1.9 megapixels.

Samsung claims the Galaxy Gear will have up to a day of "regular" battery use from its 800MHz processor, and it will have 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. It also has a speaker so that owners can handle hands-free telephone calls. There will be six colors to choose from: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Engadget reports that more than 70 apps will be available for the Galaxy Gear, including Evernote, Path, eBay and more. It also reports that the smartwatch is only compatible, at least for now, with the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. It will launch in the U.S in October and cost $299.

Along with today's Galaxy Gear announcement, Qualcomm also revealed its own Android smartwatch, the Toq. Designed to be a second screen for Android 4.0.3 and above devices, the Toq is also supposed to be a showcase for Qualcomm's Mirasol display. The company said the Toq has "a revolutionary reflective, low-power display that enables an always on viewing experience."

Qualcomm will also release a version of the Toq as a "Premium Audio Edition" which will allow the owner to use truly wireless headsets with the smartwatch. The Toq will ship in limited quantities in the fourth quarter of 2013. No price tag was announced.

Source: Samsung and Qualcomm | Image via Samsung and Qualcomm

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What if you're walking around in a shady neighbourhood?

Although yes, I do understand that looking at an expensive smartwatch could also get you mugged too.

Enron said,
If you're walking around in a shady neighborhood, you don't need a watch to know it's "time" to get out of there!

Also, Microsoft patented an avoid ghettos GPS/pedestrian warning technology. If I was going to get any smartwatch, I'd want one with this feature.

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/20...to-feature-for-gps-devices/


What if your destination was the ghetto? I pretty much shouldn't steal one of these things then?

I like it and I sort of want one, too bad it won't work with my iPhone. I don't like the screws on the face but I suppose they might be removed in a later version. I think this is a good go at first release.

Anyone beside me think Samsung jumped the shark on this whole watch thing? I've worn a watch most of my 53 years. This, I just don't get. Especially with the just over 1 day of battery life. Yeah, although not a smart watch, my trusty casio wave-ceptor watch, gets 3-4 years on the battery, automatically adjusts the time once a day, has everything at a glance I need to see (and you don't have to turn it on). 300 bucks, just to flash a smart watch at your friends? I don't get it.

naap51stang said,
Anyone beside me think Samsung jumped the shark on this whole watch thing? I've worn a watch most of my 53 years. This, I just don't get. Especially with the just over 1 day of battery life. Yeah, although not a smart watch, my trusty casio wave-ceptor watch, gets 3-4 years on the battery, automatically adjusts the time once a day, has everything at a glance I need to see (and you don't have to turn it on). 300 bucks, just to flash a smart watch at your friends? I don't get it.

I don't think you're the target demographic. I'm sure there's a lot of things you don't get that became popular.

I think I'll wait for a smartring. ; ) Or maybe a smartstud for my tongue. Or maybe even a smartearring for my ear. What else is left?

wahoospa said,
I think I'll wait for a smartring. ; ) Or maybe a smartstud for my tongue. Or maybe even a smartearring for my ear. What else is left?
smart condom.

The thing is with this as I said before is that Samsung hasn't put a clear intention on this. What exactly is going to prompt a user to want to have a micro smart phone on their wrist, what the point of having a camera on the wrist as well. 70 apps already, it mentions ebay for example. Like I am really going to hold my wrist up and scroll through ebay when I have my phone or tablet. Even as a companion to the smart phone it doesn't really make sense. I mean sure for fitness maybe.

The problem I see at least with Samsungs version is that it does too much. Keep it simple, sort of like the Ipod Nano wrist watch. Something basic that can be used as an offline device or a companion to the phone.

I think they have over complicated it. It should have been a simple second interface for your smartphone and nothing else. When it comes to watches, battery life has to get you through the day.

I'm in agreement with everyone else. Why do I feel the need to send email from my watch when I can do that on just about every other device...and even send instant messages from my smart phone.

I have a feeling these will become the "Betamax" of electronics in about 5 years.

Battery life is a huge fail. It's bad enough that my phone only lasts a day between charges. I preferred the 5-7 days I used to get, even if I couldn't do much with my old cellphone. With a watch it's several times worse. People expect a watch battery to last months or years. If they could get it lasting a week, even then it seems a bit short... 1 day for a watch is just a joke.

I agree - they are obviously trying to fit too much too soon into this thing.

Nope sir, not for me.
I just can't see the point in the whole concept, and that's before you see how fugly all of them are.

Nothing wrong with a secondary device that makes managing your smart phone easier but not a 300 quid watch.

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