It’s time for the smartwatch market to heat up: After a trademark filing for “Galaxy Gear” earlier this month, Samsung is reportedly planning to debut a watch with that name on September 4. According to Boomberg’s sources, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch “will make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails.”
Android is the obvious choice to power such a watch, which sounds like it will be a second screen for a smartphone but with some added functions. Notifications, incoming caller ID information and email messages can easily be pushed to a smartwatch over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. If the watch will also surf the web, it would likely support applications and use a paired smartphone’s connection to access the internet.
Bloomberg says the watch will debut with the Galaxy Note 3, which we already expect on September 4. The device won’t have a bendable display, but Samsung is working on one.
The rush to get a smartphone on the market is to get ahead of any similar product from Apple. That’s a good move, provided Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is a stellar product. It’s not uncommon for Apple to delay product launches until the devices work as good as Apple wants to them to.
Other companies have smartwatches on the market, but in their haste, have delivered sub-par experiences.
Sony claims it’s a leader in the smartwatch segment and now has a third iteration of its watch available. The first two weren’t exceptional products with users frequently experiencing connection drops and other issues. Google also has a smartwatch in Motorola’s MotoACTV, since it now owns the company, but the device launched in late 2011 and hasn’t been updated with a new model.
If Samsung does debut a Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September, we’re sure to hear more about it and other aspects of wearables : Dennis Miloseski Head of Design Studio, Samsung Design America will be speaking at our Mobilize conference in October.