Samsung Galaxy Gear launched: Coming to US this October

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung has officially dipped its feet in the brewing smartwatch battle. The South Korean company has introduced the new Samsung Galaxy Gear during the IFA consumer technology conference in Berlin Wednesday after months of teasing.

Unlike what was previously rumored, the Galaxy Gear cannot make calls and send text messages on its own. Instead, this smartwatch links up with Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets, pushing notifications into its small screen whenever users receive a call, SMS, or e-mail. This wireless connection also enables users to make hands-free calls, dictate e-mail, set alarms, and check the weather straight from the smartwatch. This would make the users keep their phones and tabs in their pockets or bags, or avoid having to handle the phone and watch at the same time.

If in case the e-mail or text message is too long to be read on the Galaxy Gear, the device’s Smart Relay feature would display on the phone screen whatever content is being viewed on the smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Android-powered Samsung smartwatch features a 1.63-inch watch face, a point-and-shoot camera that takes both photos and video, a pedometer, and interchangeable watch straps of assorted colors ranging from black to “oatmeal beige.” It also has a lost device finder option that makes the Galaxy Gear beep in case it has been misplaced.

The launch event also featured over 70 apps that work with the Galaxy Gear, which includes Evernote, eBay, and RunKeeper.

The $299 Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in 140 countries beginning September 25, while the United States and Japan will have to wait until October.

Source: CNN Money

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