Samsung Pushes Further into Wearables with Gear S and Circle
- Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Samsung has revealed its Gear S smartwatch, which builds on the manufacturers previous generation of devices with the addition direct 3G connectivity – meaning that it doesnt require a paired smartphone to connect to the internet, receive messages or even make calls.
The Gear S also has Bluetooth for syncing to other devices, as well as wi-fi connectivity. The watch has a 2” curved Super AMOLED display, and runs on Samsungs Tizen OS, as the manufacturer continues to opt for its own platform over Googles Android Wear. Samsung is promising a wider selection of widget functionality, including navigation from Nokias Here, bite-size news from the FT, and run tracking from Nike.
Its been a busy day for smartwatch news, with LG unveiling the the G Watch R, its second Android Wear device, and more rumours of an impending launch date for Apples own smartwatch offering.
The Circle is a pair of smart headphones that snap into a necklace shape when not in use, which can be paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth for making calls, listening to music and controlling functions with voice commands.
Both devices are set to launch in October.