Tuesday 17 September 2013

Samsung introduces Galaxy Gear smartwatch for INR 22,990 in India

Along with Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, Samsung India also unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in country today. The smartwatch has been priced at INR 22,990 and will go on sale beginning September 25 in India.

Samsung Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by 800MHz processor. It works in conjunction with your smartphone (only Note 3 right now) and notifies you of incoming calls, texts, emails and alerts. You can also see a preview of those messages.

As the Galaxy Gear also packs a microphone and speaker, you can even make calls with it. It uses the cellular network of your phone to make the calls, as it itself does not come with any cellular support.

Samsung has pre-loaded S Voice on the Gear, which will help you in hands-free operations. You can draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the smartwatch using S Voice. In addition, Samsung Galaxy Gear packs 1.9MP camera with BSI sensor, allowing you to click pictures or record videos without the need to take out your smartphone.

Several app developers are building applications meant for Galaxy Gear, which will be available within days of Gear going on sale. These applications can be installed on the device using Gear Manager app on your Note 3.

Here are some of these applications:

Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your Galaxy Gear smarter.
Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world
Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to Galaxy Gear.
Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.
eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.
Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.
RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.
In other software customisations, Samsung Galaxy Gear also comes with support for major Indian languages, so you are planning to use your smartwatch in an Indian language, you will have no issues.

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