Time for a new device, the Samsung Galaxy Gear

With all the talk of an iWatch coming from Apple, who couldn't have predicted the same type of product coming from Samsung? Well that’s exactly what’s supposedly happening, in the form of the Galaxy Gear.


Something tells us it will look better than this, but you get the idea :)

Now, far be it from us to call this fact, and this will make the story sound even less legitimate, but two people (yes, two) familiar with the product have said that the Galaxy Gear will be introduced next month and will have the ability to make calls, browse the internet and send/receive emails.

The Android powered device is due to be unveiled on September 4th, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Sources say the device will launch this year in order to steal a march on any competition from Apple, naturally.


Now that's more like it!

With the global watch industry set to generate $60 billion in sales this year, any new device like a smartwatch will almost certainly get a jump on the competition and, much like the iPhone did in 2007, lock customers in to the platform or brand. Nomura Holdings analyst Chung Chang Won has said:

It will carve a niche for sure as this is an initial product in the market. Wearable devices could be one of the trends in the smartphone market, but I’m not sure yet whether watches or glasses will set the trend.

Was that a slight dig at Google Glass? Either way, will we bear witness to another Apple vs. Samsung battle, this time revolving around a smartwatch and their (potential) designs and capabilities? Only time will tell! Yep, we just did a time based pun.

Source: Bloomberg | Images courtesy of Gizmag and India Times

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Sorry, I don't need a "smart" watch, especially what they will charge. I'm a "working" person. In other words, I need a rugged watch. My cheap casio waveceptor watch runs just fine. Plus, I prefer a METAL BAND, that I can put on without a stupid buckle.

im not a huge fan of such smartwatches but one thing is very intruiging to me.

lately im doing lots of sports and lots of times i keep additional weight as little as possible. this means my smartphone will not be with me. now when im like 10km out in the nowhere and for some reason get late or need a pickup i could use the smartwatch. thats a user scenario that would work for me.

additionally if such a smartwatch also fully replaces (or even enhances) my sports watch with my gps,pace data that would might convince me to buy it.

of course, the size, battery has to be quite high quality.

so im not against that kind of products. im just very sceptical that those first releases are any good at all.

I think it looks really nice and as someone that isn't allowed to have a phone on show in the office I would really like to know when Im getting a call or text. Only problem for me is the fear of theft and battery power.

How does this watch stay accurate?
I've never seen a mobile phone with an accurate clock.

I have a watch with a DCF77 receiver, which is very nice to have, if you live within range of the transmitter.

Radium said,
By accurate, I mean fractions of a second accuracy.
All phones I see are off by a few seconds here and there.

And so are watches after some time has passed, even the best made watches. Even atomic clocks are off-key by a second or so after enough time has passed.

False!
Atomic clocks get calibrated before their error is noticable to us.
Some watches get 1 second off after one day. What I'm talking about is when phones are off by 10 seconds or even more.
I just checked my phone and it was 15 seconds behind my PC, which syncs every day, just like my watch and they use two different sources for their time and their time difference is not noticable even if I sit and stare at both at the same time, to see which one is behind.
Science experiments relies on Atomic Clocks being accurate. If what you say is true, we wouldn't be able to make any measurements in fractions of seconds.

We haven't been using atomic clocks long enough before such a possible error would be noticeable to us They lowered it to what, 1 second every ~billion years nowadays or something.
But yeah, the way computer clocks work is by frequency IIRC (it's been many years) and its because of its low power usage of the system clock (it can go on 3 years on the CHMOS battery) its limited in its accuracy, which is why they should be synced daily/weekly by timeservers that do have accuracy.
My alarm clock is more accurate then my phone, but for its time function, it is using more power
If my mind serves me right, a good mechanical watch is off-set by 1 second each month or year, or something among those lines. But this also took a few hundred years of development to get them this accurate.

Ah simple Google search, the good mechanical watches are still inaccurate by 2-7 seconds each day. Not much worse, if at all, then digital ones.

No one cares if their time is off by less than 10 minutes. Since when have you ever been concerned about being a second late or early for anything?

My job requires me to have a watch that shows the right time and 10 seconds is significant and something you will have to have in mind.

I think it's more classy to have a (genuine) Swiss/Russian auto-winding analogue watch than anything digital on your wrist. Analogue movement represents precision engineering and mechanical movement. Digital is really just based on a piece of silicon.

Ericko said,
That chart you are using... those are iPhone sales not total people on earth.

Um, I wasn't talking about total people on earth. Just see how much worth amount of people own device.

Being able to browse the 'net on a watch, send emails, and make calls is going a bit ludicrously far. The first one being a bit ridiculous - how are sites supposed to be shrunk down to postage stamp sizes?

I'm satisfied enough with how simple the Pebble keeps things - just a remote for your phone and nothing more. Anything else defeats the purpose of having a smartwatch. It's supposed to be there for you to quickly glance at, not stare at for minutes on end. If you're doing that then what use is that phone sitting in your pocket?

I don't really give a crap if it can "browse the web"... just be a goddamn media device that lets you know when you have messages or other notices from social media, maybe allow you to do a a call through bluetooth.

Don't overthink it, guys.

It will sell well as the oddity that it is.. Old timers, in particular, will want it because it is pretty much the Dick Tracy watch from the comics years ago... Something most of us that grew up then dreamed of seeing one day in the real world.

Not that I need it but I think I will get one just because of that. It will be a neat toy to play with and for some, I'm sure, it will become an every day item they just can't live without..

It's size will have allot to do with adoption and they look to have it small enough as to not not look ridiculous as an every day watch/hi-bred.

What's the general consensus around here, do people actually care about smart-watches?
I don't think I could be any less interested in the idea.

not interested here either... but there's a lot of people out there that buy every gadget available, so i bet it'll sell like crazy

last time i had awesome watch it had calculartor and awesome remote control. and that was when`? cant remember and that was the last time i wore a watch.

COKid said,
Ditto. But... 60 billion is spent on watches in a year?! Hell, I haven't owned one in ages.

Well if you go shopping for a Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe or similar watches you are talking of thousands of $... for,the basic models

COKid said,
Hell, I haven't owned one in ages.

Same here, and all the folks I know who wear a watch is sheerly out of habit, not necessity. The smartphone is the new watch!

The iWatch will be automatically successful due being yet another iOS device. iOS is a huge ecosystem and that makes any new Apple hardware a hit.

I care about them if:

- they act as a pedometer as well (like the fitbit flex)
- ideally also track your sleep, and have smart alarms to wake you up in light sleep
- It can hook up to a chest heart rate monitor (or even better not even need anything else to track your heart rate)
- shows notifications from your phone obviously
- allows you to use voice to do quick things like add a reminder, send a text without getting your phone out of your pocket
- lets devs create 'watch' versions of their apps. So runkeeper could be running on my iphone (using the GPRS etc), but on my watch it shows a simplified interface giving me my basic stats

DomZ said,
I care about them if:

- they act as a pedometer as well (like the fitbit flex)
- ideally also track your sleep, and have smart alarms to wake you up in light sleep
- It can hook up to a chest heart rate monitor (or even better not even need anything else to track your heart rate)
- shows notifications from your phone obviously
- allows you to use voice to do quick things like add a reminder, send a text without getting your phone out of your pocket
- lets devs create 'watch' versions of their apps. So runkeeper could be running on my iphone (using the GPRS etc), but on my watch it shows a simplified interface giving me my basic stats


This would be superb.