It seems all but certain that Samsung will officially launch its smart watch, believed to be called the Galaxy Gear, in New York and Berlin on Sept. 4. A new report gives a look at what hardware and software we can expect from the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Sources told GigaOM that the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch will release with a square screen that measures 2.5 inches diagonally, or 3 inches if you count the case. The display’s resolution is reportedly 320 by 320 pixels and will support touch and swipe gestures.
2. Dual Core Processor
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will reportedly release with a dual core processor, which matches earlier reports that the smart watch will use a Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core 1.5GHz with Mali-400 MP4 GPU.
3. Camera And Speakers
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will come strapped with a camera, literally. The smart watch will have a camera built into the strap, but more surprising is a rumor that the Galaxy Gear will have tiny speakers on the clasp.
4. Sensors and Connectivity
Sources say the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be packed with sensors to rival other smart watches like the Nike Fuelband and the Sony SmartWatch 2. This includes a built in accelerometer that could be used to turn the Galaxy Gear on and off (which could really help manager battery life), as well as cycle through apps. The Galaxy Gear also has built-in NFC to make it easy to sync and authenticate the smart watch, and uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect with smartphones and tablets.
Developers said the Galaxy Gear smart watches they were given ran Android 4.1, and some ran Android 4.2. The Galaxy Gear smart watch is designed to integrate with other Samsung devices, and will connect with a dedicated Galaxy Gear app. For example, if a person starts reading a message on their Galaxy Gear and pulls out their Samsung smartphone, the phone will display that same message automatically.
Sources say this app will not release on the Google Play store, but exclusively through the Samsung App store. This supports rumors that the Galaxy Gear will only work with Samsung smartphones and tablets.
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch? Would you purchase a smart watch from Samsung? Let us know in the comments section below, and remember to look for the Samsung Galaxy Gear to be unveiled in September shortly before its release date later this year.
Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...