The face of Smartwatches is changing.
Samsung has stepped ahead of competitors with the unveiling of its Gear S watch. The small, wearable device was presented Thursday with Samsung Electronics’ chief executive officer and head of IT and mobile communication noting the company is “leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation.”
JK Shin, in a press release, said the watch is breaking new ground.
“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime,” Shin said.
And, he’s right. The new model is much more advanced than the company’s previous watches and should allow owners to break away from their Smartphones.
The Gear S will not only, through its 3G connectivity, allow wearers to remain up-to-date on messages and social network activities, it can also make and receive phone calls. The device — with its two-inch curved Super AMOLED display — can also be synced with a user’s Smartphone to have calls forwarded.
Samsung isn’t forgetting those with a healthy lifestyle in mind, either. The Gear S comes with enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS and a number of S Health features. Applications such as Nike + Running will also allow users to track their runs and stay on the go without carrying their smartphones.
The Gear S is expected to come on to the market in October.
Apple has set its much-anticipated fall line-up launch for Sept. 9, confirming earlier media reports that the new iPhone debut would indeed be held early next month.
The company sent invitations to the media today for its Sept. 9 press event in Cupertino, Calif — the company’s home base.
Apple, as usual, was cryptic. The invitation simply lists the date and the phrase: “Wish we could say more.”
Bloomberg reported in June that Apple was planning to kick-start production in China this summer on two new iPhones that will feature larger screens. So, it is possible the firm will debut two new handsets.
The new iPhone will have a screen that is 4.7 inches by 5.5 inches and the device will be rounder and thinner than the iPhone 5S, sources told Bloomberg. The move toward larger displays is a bid to enable the Cupertino company to better compete with the larger-screened Smartphones from Samsung and HTC.
There is also much speculation that the company will finally debut its iWatch, which has been in the works for some time.
Apple is rumored to have a team of about 100 product designers working on the device which will perform at least some of the tasks handled by the iPhone and iPad.
Apple filed a patent application in 2011 for a “wearable accessory device” with a “flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring.”
Apple described the one-size fits all slap bracelet as layered flexible steel bands sealed within a fabric cover that are roughly one inch in width by nine inches in length. The device, which can lay flat or curl around the wrist, can switch from a convex shape to concave to allow it to be worn with the switches facing up or down.
The device, according to the patent, will use sensors to display information of interest to the wearer. It will also communicate wirelessly through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi with other gadgets such as Smartphones or tablets. The watch will also manage texts and phone calls, have access to music playlists and possibly be used for map viewing.
Yet another thought is that Apple will present an update for its virtual assistant Siri.