Samsung has launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in India along with the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Galaxy Gear is priced at ?22900 in India and will go on sale from September 25th onwards. Galaxy Gear is smartwatch that works as a companion to your Galaxy smartphone, currently only Note 3 supports Gear watch but in future Samsung will add support to devices like Galaxy S4.
Galaxy Gear notifies users of incoming messages, calls, emails and alerts on their smartphones, users can preview the messages on Galaxy Gear. Galaxy Gear comes with a built-in speaker that allows users to make calls hands free using their smartphone network. Galaxy Gear can’t make calls on its own, it has to be paired with a compatible smartphone to use this feature. It also comes with a 1.9MP camera on its strap using which users can capture quick photos and a video.
Security feature Auto Lock locks the companion smartphone when it is not in range and Find My Device helps to find the smart devices by illuminating or vibrating. Galaxy Gear will have its own list of applications which can be downloaded using the Galaxy Gear Manager application on your Galaxy Note 3. Developers are already building applications for Gear and when it launched it already had 70 apps. Some of the notable apps are listed below.
- Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your Galaxy Gear smarter.
- Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.
- Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to Galaxy Gear.
- Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.
- eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
- Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
- MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.
- Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
- Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to Galaxy Gear.
- RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
- TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organise travel plans in one place.
- Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of view any wine and get to know all about it instantly.
Availability & Pricing: It is priced at ?22,900 in India which is quite a steep, at this price it may not find many buyers. Galaxy Gear will be available from September 25th onwards in Samsung stores and other retail outlets.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Key Specifications:
- 800 MHz processor
- Display: 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
- Camera: 1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot
- Video: Codec: H.264, Format: MP4, HD(720p) Playback & Recording
- Smart Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice Memo
- Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
- Safety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message.
- 2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
- Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 ? BLE
- Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyroscope
- Memory: 4GB Internal memory ? 512 MB (RAM)
- Dimension: 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g
- Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 315mAh