Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Rumors: What the Heck is it?

Samsung is unveiling the world’s first high-profile smartwatch today. While other companies have hinted at attempts to create a smartphone-like wrist piece, Samsung's watch will be the first of its kind. The Galaxy Gear watch is rumored to use Bluetooth to connect to any Android smartphone, and will be WiFi enabled so you can check your email whenever you want.

With a 10-hour battery life and 3-inch screen, the watch is expected to be the most portable smart-technology yet. The Galaxy Gear is also expected to come with speakers integrated into the clasp, and to come pre-loaded with Samsung Voice, Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri. It will also have an integrated camera that some rumors claim will hold 4 megapixels with 720p video recording capabilities.

But the watch's main draw, it seems, will be for fitness junkies, as the watch is expected to be chock-full of health and fitness related accessories.

The press has been speculating about the hardware and design, available graphics only reveal leaked images of rumored prototypes. The company would be competing to rival new and yet-to-be-released smartwatch gadgets from expected competitor designs emerging from major technology giants including Apple and Sony.

The much anticipated Apple iWatch is gaining momentum as rumors circulate that Apple already has a team of around 100 designers working on "a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad." Nick Bilton of the New York Times has claimed, "Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass" that could form around a person's wrist, while it can "flop as easily as a piece of paper in the wind without breaking."

While Samsung has kept a fairly tight lock on its smartwatch device in the lead up to today's release, the technology blog T3 has gathered information from leaks to formulate this 3-D rendering in a video showing what to expect from Samsung's take on the futuristic technology that will soon be released.


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Rachel George

Rachel is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics. She holds a BA in Politics from Princeton and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard. Her interests include journalism, U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and international law.

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