Trademark application specifically mentions wearable devices and wristwatches

Samsung has made no secret of the fact that it's working on its own smartwatch, and in recent days the Korean press has been reporting that the device could make an appearance at a Berlin event in September ahead of IFA 2013. Today brings the first news of a possible name for the device, as the Korean company has filed a trademark application for "Samsung Galaxy Gear" at the United States Patents and Trademarks Office.

The application specifies that the mark would be used in relation to —

"Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages; wearable electronic handheld devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages and for keeping track of or managing personal information; smart phones; tablet computers; portable computers."

— which is a rather long-winded way of describing a smartwatch-type device.

Interestingly, the use of the "Galaxy" name suggests that the device may well run Android — at least, we can't think of a Galaxy-branded device that hasn't run Google's OS.

But it's worth remembering that a trademark application doesn't necessarily mean the name is a lock for use with an upcoming product, just that Samsung wants to scoop up rights to the name. Trademarks are frequently filed by tech companies but never used — in Samsung's case it applied for the name Galaxy Fonblet earlier in the year, before ditching it in favor of the less ridiculous Galaxy Mega moniker.

In any case, wearable devices are here to stay, and it looks like Samsung could be the first Android OEM to get in on the smartwatch revolution.

Source: USPTO; via: SamMobile


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Could Samsung's smartwatch be the 'Galaxy Gear?'


1st watch running android? Didn't Sony just announce one just a couple months back?

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Only in my dreams; only in my dreams. I even went so far, as to name my truck the Black Pearl, lol.

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I wondering if this is why the S band is no were to be found. Maybe they just put all that tech into the watch and then just sell it for the same price.

Why does the MotoActiv not count as an OEM Android smart watch? Shouldn't it be considered as "first"?

In order for the device to qualify as a smart watch, it has to have more than one function that syncs with a smartphone or other smart device.

That's my opinion, for what it's worth.

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I'd love to see a device that streams Google Play Music playlists I made with Bluetooth. So that I can get some sport headphones and be able to workout with it. I don't like running with my Gnex in my pocket. Maybe it can monitor my pulse in the wristband.

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Oh I so want one. Without seeing it, knowing what it's specs are, I still want one. Does this make me a fanboy?

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