Samsung Galaxy Gear

Will only work with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch

Samsung this evening at the IFA conference in Berlin has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, its first real foray into the wearables game. It'll be available starting Sept. 25 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 — which for now is the only device the Gear works with.

Samsung Galaxy GearUnlike other black-and-white e-ink smartwatches, this one's got a full color Super AMOLED touchscreen — 1.63 inches at 320 by 320. It's got a microphone and speaker for proper calls from your arm. And increasing the Dick Tracy factor is a 1.9-megapixel camera tucked into the top end of the wrist strap.

Plus, it works in conjunction with a number of applications, including eBay, Evernote, Path, Glympse, Pocket, Runkeeper and Tripit, to name but a few.

Oh, and it's a watch, available in a half-dozen colors —  Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold and Lime Green.

We've already gotten some quality hands-on time with the Galaxy Gear, so be sure to check that out. We've also got the official presser after the break.

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Samsung Introduces GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications

Samsung GALAXY experience is now extended through GALAXY Gear

Berlin, Germany – September 4, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life. Samsung GALAXY Gear combines smart device connectivity, tailored technological features, and stylish design as a single premium accessory.

“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected.”

Experience new mobile communications freedoms

Samsung GALAXY Gear lets users to live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung GALAXY devices. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.

Voice operation

The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines. For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the GALAXY Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.

Capture daily life from your wrist

In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed. With the  Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung GALAXY devices.

A growing list of controls for favorite features

With the GALAXY Gear, users gain a wide range of favorite features that further increase the benefits of this new accessory. New security enhancement Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again. Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate. With Samsung GALAXY Gear, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach. Finally, the GALAXY Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

Standalone Watch and Iconic Fashion Accessory

Samsung GALAXY Gear embodies understated elegance. Its refined design, executed in, high-quality finishes, conjures images of luxury jewelry while still being understated enough to go well with any outfit. A rounded and simple flowing form wraps around the body, integrating with the user’s personal environment, and maintaining comfort at all times. The GALAXY Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options that create the opportunity for users to personalize their watch face. It will come preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps. The GALAXY Gear experience can be further personalized by selecting from six colors that will be available at launch: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Samsung GALAXY Gear will be launched with the GALAXY Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world starting from September 25.

 

Reader comments

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is official

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Boo! at Note 3 only at launch. In 6 months when ATT updates the S4 to 4.3 it will work. Then it will be time for the S5.

I'll wait for version 2. By then version 1 will have dropped in price drastically.

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Because no devices before it have ever been capable of the same thing. /s

And none in even much more subtle ways. /double sarcasm

Many smart watches can remotely access the phone camera. Can seem more creepy than this IMO.

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Off the top of my head there are the "cool" type of nerd glasses that everyone and their mother currently has, black rimmed frames. There is a model with a built in camera, right in the center, and has a micro SD card slot, that is available for $40.

There are regular writing pens with cams and mics built in. Buttons you can use on your button up shirts and blouses. There are other watches. Etc, etc, etc.

This type of tech has been out since I was a kid. I'm 28 years old. Except back in the day it used to cost quite a bit. Now you can get a button, pen, watch and glasses for probably around $100 - $150. Seriously.

So privacy concerns over "this new technology that allows for privacy invading" is stupid and ignorant to say the least. Just because it's got the Samsung or Google name attached to it people freak out. But all the other tech that is much more subtle and has been out for decades now, no one even raises a peep about.

Where's the real picture of it? That one can't be right

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I think I'll just stick with my regular collection of wristwatches. Sometimes, the simplest thing is the most practical. I already have my phone to make calls, read texts and emails, take photos, etc. I don't need those functions strapped to my wrist. All that I need on my wrist is something that can tell me the time (and sometimes date), and something that looks presentable and attractive. Nothing I've seen thus far can beat the style and personality of a good mechanical or even quartz watch.

I appreciate the idea but wearing that would have the words pretentious dork written all over it.

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Seeing as how I'm not suppose to have my phone on me at work. This def looks like something I need in my life

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Wow, they reinvented the 1978 LED watch. Press a button on this gigantic ugly thing and see what time it is.

I'd consider getting one if it didn't have those screws on the front. Looks like I'll be getting either the Nexus Watch or Galaxy Gear 2 (if it looks closer to the drawings in the patent application).

Holy.... !
In the top image with just the watch, it looks kinda cool.

Then I saw the image below with the arm...and it DWARFS that person's wrist! It reminds me of when my three year old walks around in my size 11 shoes! Utterly ridiculous.

Price?

Also, does it have GPS? What's the point of having Runkeeper if I have to bring my phone with me.

So that leaked photo of this ugly device was real... Not to mention Samsung only making this function with the Galaxy Note 3 for now. What a terrible idea, both sales- and marketing-wise!

Yeah that watch is ugly. I think I will stick with my Pebble for now. Not saying it isn't a powerful watch though. Just kinda an eyesore. The fact in only works with one phone at launch doesn't really help it much either.

*sigh*

Looks like I'll be waiting to see what Apple releases. How hard is it to make a phone so ugly? It's like they're trying to convince me to NOT buy it.

... just have to wait for Google to release their smartwatch, if not before Christmas then I could be stuck with the Sony smartwatch 2

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... just have to wait for Google to release their smartwatch, if not before Christmas then I could be stuck with the Sony smartwatch 2

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If this is another thing I have plug in and charge every night, I say no thanks. Low powered Marisol displays sound more practical.

Too big.
Too proprietary (Samsung lockin).
Too plastic (hate plastic cases and straps).
Looks like no inductive charging.

Fail.

This is way too limited for $300. I prefer the Omate TrueSmart watch on Kickstarter now for really good deal.

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If they don't want to lock out a huge section of potential customers they will have to make it compatible with some of their other phones too. Lot of money too, yes I know it can do more than the average watch but it is the same price as a second-hand smartphone which still has great specifications and I do not think that is on a par or equal footing. Would need better battery life too...

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