Tuesday 20 August 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear detailed in new reports

There has been a sudden flow of reports talking about Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch Galaxy Gear. Popular technology blogs The Verge and GigaOM have published separate reports in the last 24 hours, claiming some exclusive information about this upcoming accessory.

According to The Verge, which contradicts recent Bloomberg story on voice calling support in this Samsung smartwatch, Galaxy Gear will definitely not be a phone unto itself. “It works with phones but the watch is not a phone,” the blog noted citing a source with information about Galaxy Gear.

On the other hand, GigaOM’s Om Malilk, who claims to have details about the specs of Galaxy Gear, the Samsung smartwatch will come with a 2.5-inch square display and dual-core processor.  The display is said to be OLED.

Om adds a few more details like presence of a camera, NFC chip and Bluetooth 4.0 LE support in Galaxy Gear.

“In addition, the watch has a built-in accelerometer that makes it possible to switch it on when it is moved up towards the eye. It could be a great way to wake the watch and also the apps and manage battery power,” he noted.

On the software front, he states that the watch will most probably run on Android 4.2 and will pack tight integration with smartphones using Watch Manager app. Samsung is reportedly using a proprietary accessory protocol, which will use Bluetooth LE as the network transport.

This is not all, GigaOM report also includes that the apps designed for this watch will be available via Samsung Appstore not Google Play.

To remind you, Samsung Galaxy Gear is expected to be announced on September 4 in Berlin and New York at simultaneous press events.

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