Samsung’s first smartwatch was a dud. Even when Samsung was pitching the device to the media during briefings, representatives couldn’t always keep a straight face while selling the Galaxy Gear’s features. It was rushed to market in an effort to head off Apple’s iWatch — which doesn’t exist even today — and it was a bad product. In 2014, however, Samsung will look to make amends and since Apple’s iWatch still doesn’t exist, Samsung can easily take an early lead in the wearable war with the right product. Interestingly, however, Samsung might not only be battling Apple with its next-generation wearables, it might square off with longtime partner Google as well. More →
When the follow-up to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is unveiled at Mobile World Congress next week, Samsung might surprise us all. USA Today reports that the Galaxy Gear 2 will ditch Android in favor of Samsung’s Tizen OS. Previous reports regarding Samsung’s operating system have indicated that the South Korean company has struggled to convince manufacturers to move away from Android, the worldwide leader in the mobile market. Shipping the Galaxy Gear 2 with Tizen would be a huge boost for the Samsung OS and its partners, while simultaneously giving consumers a chance to see the platform in action. More →
It looks like Samsung will be taking full advantage of the global stage that is the Mobile World Congress later this month. ZDNet Korea reports that Samsung will not only unveil the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona, but the Galaxy Tab 4 and the Galaxy Gear 2 as well. According to ZDNet’s sources, the Samsung has prepared three different models of the Tab 4, with 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch screens. They will each feature a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 6,800 mAh battery, 64GB of storage (with an SD card) and Android 4.4 KitKat. More →
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was a flop for a number of reasons and one of them was certainly its initial $300 price tag. ZDNet Korea reports that Samsung apparently knows it can’t price the Galaxy Gear 2 that high if it’s to have any hope when it launches this year, although the company is still debating over just how much to cut the smartwatch’s price. Ever since its launch, the original Galaxy Gear has seen its price cut to between $220 and $270 depending on the market so it’s likely that Samsung’s next-generation Gear will be priced somewhere in the $250 range. Samsung is expected to show off its new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
Samsung makes tons of great products and a number of “so-so” devices as well. The Galaxy Gear doesn’t fall into either of those categories. Samsung’s first smartwatch wasn’t just a swing and a miss, it was a strikeout. As we said in our review, the Galaxy Gear was a rushed product that sought to compete early with the “iWatch” — an Apple device that doesn’t even exist. In the end, it didn’t really compete with anything. Samsung is well aware of its huge mistakes with the Gear though, and the company is taking steps to correct them. According to a new report, those steps may actually be fairly considerable. More →
The completely redesigned Galaxy S5 coming this spring will be paired with “an evolution of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile arm told Bloomberg in an interview. “We’ve been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time,” the exec said. “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved.” More →
We’re not yet sure how many people care about the first Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung, but the company is reportedly already prepping a sequel that may launch early next year. Korean-language news site Daum on Sunday cited an unnamed industry source in reporting that Samsung is already prepping a second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Logic might dictate that Samsung would take its time, listen to customer feedback and use that important information in designing its next smartwatch offering. According to the report, however, Samsung could a Galaxy Gear 2 release date for some time in early 2014. More →