We’ve finally got some concrete evidence of Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch, thanks to its July 29th filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. According to the document, the device will be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
There are some pretty juicy details in the application, which BGR spotted on the Dutch website Galaxy Club. The name, for instance, refers 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.” Sounds like a smartwatch to me.
In addition to this application, some Korean design patents were recently unearthed that show a watch with a large flexible display and Android-like controls. There is no clear connection between this document and the Galaxy Gear application, but it doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
So far, Pebble has been the only company to create something resembling a hit in the budding smartwatch industry. According to a recent report, Apple has been actively hiring a team to create its own wearable device, dubbed the iWatch. But if the rumors are true we won’t be seeing that any sooner than a year from now.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has the potential to make a big splash. It’s been rumored to make an appearance at Samsung’s Unveiled event on September 4. But given the invite’s emphasis on the Galaxy Note 3, it’s possible Samsung may save the smartwatch for a future announcement.