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IFA 2013: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch details revealed

Guess what, it also tells the time!

by Mark Hodgkinson Sep 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM


  • We knew Samsung's wearable tech/smartwatch product, the Galaxy Gear was on the way but we weren't quite sure what it would do until now, and fortunately its a bit more than some expected, including the ability to make and receive calls.
    The Galaxy Gear will work straight out of the box with the new Note 3 and 2014 edition of the Note 10.1 and the S4, S3 and Note II with a software update.

    Once paired with the other device, the Gear will notify users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore messages.
    will work straight out of the box with the new Note 3 and 2014 edition of the Note 10.1 and the S4, S3 and Note II with a software update.
    When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can pick up their Galaxy devices and the Smart Relay feature will reveal the full content on the screen.

    The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, although the wristband mounted mic is going to make you look like you're pretending to be on the phone!
    Samsung Galaxy Gear

    There's also a 'Memographer' feature, which uses the1.9 Megapixel camera, so users on the move can record both photos and video but don't expect the quality to be all that good.

    Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung Galaxy devices.

    Users can also control the music played on their Galaxy devices with browsing of content as well as play and pause featuring.
    Music Player integration
    Finally, the Galaxy Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

    The GALAXY Gear will be launched with the GALAXY Note 3 in more than 140 countries around the world starting from September 25.

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