Few Weeks After Unveiling Of Galaxy Gear, Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Being Developed Already
Not everybody bought into the smartwatch fad, an observation that Samsung, who just unveiled its Galaxy Gear Smartwatch early this month, seems to have observed.
The next Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch could be on your wrist early next year, and this time it’ll actually work with your phone. The Korean manufacturer is now reported to be developing a revamped smartwatch which we may see as early as the first quarter next year.
The biggest problem we can see with the Gear — aside from the hefty price tag and the rather shoddy battery life, the Galaxy Gear is, at least at the moment, an exclusive Galaxy Note III accessory. This practically meant paying twice, once for the Galaxy Gear itself, and another for the smartphone.
That’s something Samsung has to address if it wants the Gear to take off, and accordingly the Gear sequel is expected to work with a wider range of phones.
According to sources from the Korean media, Samsung has already started the development of the Galaxy Gear 2.
A software update is expected to make the current Gear work with other phones, including the Galaxy S4.
This next generation smartwatch is expected to have a longer battery life and include a GPS chip. And probably more importantly, it is rumored to be compatible with more Android smartphones.
The Gear talks to your phone so you can see notifications, use apps and even make calls without taking your phone out of your pocket. It needs to be paired with a phone to reach its full potential, so it’s a high priority for Samsung to make it work with all Galaxy phones — if not all Android phones.
It seems that the Galaxy Gear launch was just meant as a trial run to measure reception to the wearable device and have an actual working foundation for the real thing.
Also, we wouldn’t mind if a few quid was knocked off the price while they’re at it.
The first Gear goes on sale with the new Note on 25 September. It sports a 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen that lets you swipe through apps and use the low-resolution camera built into the strap. There’s about 70 apps to start with, including eBay and Pinterest, with more on the way.
The ‘announcement’ of a Galaxy Gear 2 sounds a wee bit too quick, with the company expected to unveil the new smartwatch at either CES in January or MWC in February next year.