Smartwatches have been around for more than a decade. The problem is that they haven't been very smart or very useful. The new crop of smartwatches, from Sony, Qualcomm, Pebble, and others, are primarily smartphone accessories, offering notifications for messages, phone calls, and more, along with a variety of apps, wristband colors, and watch faces.
Enter the Galaxy Gear. Samsung is raising the bar for what a smartwatch can be, aiming for functionality closer to that of Google Glass. You can answer phone calls, control Galaxy Gear with your voice, take pictures, and share content -- just like you … Read more
Samsung has packed some interesting ammo for its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, including some big-name apps to help lure consumers to its device.
The watch debuted with 70 applications, and while Samsung only highlighted a few during its launch demo, the apps -- from companies like Evernote, Path, and even eBay -- could prove a major draw.
Although Sony's SmartWatch 2, which came out in June, boasts more than 200 apps, there aren't a lot of brand-name applications among the offerings. The Galaxy Gear, on the other hand, hits the smartwatch sweet spot with fitness, social media, and … Read more
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 and the just-revealed Galaxy Gear smartwatch are coming to America's biggest wireless carrier, and Verizon says you can declare your intentions for both as early as Friday.
"Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the Samsung Galaxy Gear on Friday, September 6th at 9AM EST," read Verizon's landing page for the Note 3 after the massive, stylus-toting phone was revealed Wednesday at IFA in Berlin and simultaneously at an event in New York.… Read more
Gear sports a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen surrounded by a metal frame and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized band. The strap itself is available in six different colors, including a beige option that features a champagne-toned metal frame rather than the standard silver. Gear is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.
The device will arrive in US stores in October, the same time as the Galaxy Note. The two products will be available in other countries September 25. It will retail for $299, Samsung said.
Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Telecommunications America, showed the devices during opening remarks at an event in New York's Times Square. He didn't provide any more details about them, but check back with CNET for full coverage.
"This is proof and [a] reflection that Samsung is truly relentlessly innovative in bringing first-to-market products and having the best mobile products in the marketplace," Lee said.… Read more
I visited Stereo Buyers' Brooklyn headquarters to get a first-hand look at their gear. Located in Red Hook, the facility was flooded by Hurricane Sandy last summer, and most of the inventory was literally underwater. Stereo Buyers' Adam Wexler did his best to prepare before the storm hit, but his best line in recalling the disaster was, "I bet you didn't know that Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy 5 speakers (that weigh over 100 pounds) can float, but they can. It was crazy and depressing; the financial losses were a bummer." He didn't have flood insurance, but … Read more
Samsung has become a marketing machine, something that has helped it overtake rivals as the world's biggest and most profitable handset vendor. But it also has had high-profile missteps. Case in point: March's Unpacked event to unveil the Galaxy S4.
Follow CNET's live coverage of Samsung Unpacked at IFA here, Wednesday, Sept. 4, starting at 9 a.m. PT. … Read more