Like other smartwatches on the market, Toq doesn't have the full functionality of a smartphone or tablet. Rather, it syncs with users' smartphones, allowing them to quickly scan through texts, phone calls, and other alerts, such as calendar and WhatsApp notifications, without taking their phones out of their bags. It runs on Qualcomm's operating system and uses the company's low-power mirasol display. For now, Toq will only work with Android, but Qualcomm is considering extending the connectivity to … 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
A Google spokeswoman confirmed to CNET that Google has acquired smartwatch maker WIMM. The takeover was first reported by GigaOm.
Smartwatch maker WIMM went dark last year, posting a cryptic thank-you message on its Web site citing "an exclusive, confidential relationship" for its technology.
Similar to previous reports of a coming Google smartwatch, the latest says the company has the work on the product -- including WIMM's employees -- centered in the Android unit, rather … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be a Jelly Bean-powered device with a 2.5-inch OLED display with a 320x320-pixel resolution, if reports by AmongTech prove true.
In addition, the Gear could come in two different storage capacities: 6GB and 8GB options. Other specifications in the concept device include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, and 1GB RAM, with a battery life up to 10 hours.
The Gear's hardware and software details allegedly come from an anonymous Samsung warehouse worker, days ahead of the watch's debut. One thing we can be … Read more
Apple's long-rumored iWatch might be beaten to the market by a Samsung alternative, according to one Samsung executive.
Speaking to Korea Times in an interview published on Tuesday, Samsung's executive vice president of mobile Lee Young-hee said that the company plans to unveil a smartwatch on September 4, to be known as "Galaxy Gear."
According to Lee, Gear will be a "concept device." It's not clear whether that means it won't launch soon or if Samsung is using the "concept" moniker as a marketing ploy.
Speaking to Korea Times, Lee … Read more
While we wait for mainstream electronics makers such as Samsung and Apple to enter the fledgling smartwatch market, more-nimble startups are already there pushing the boundaries of this emerging category. For example, the new Hot Watch created by PHTL is an extremely innovative product that boasts exciting new features I've never seen before.
The timepiece sports a directional-mic-and-speaker combo in the strap for chatting hands-free with a virtual handset when your actual phone is out of reach. It also uses wild gesture controls implemented with a hand wave or via its touch screen for a unique human interface. It'… Read more
Samsung will join the growing smartwatch market with a new device slated to debut early next month, according to the folks at Bloomberg.
Citing information from "two people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg said on Friday that Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, September 4, two days before the IFA trade show opens in Berlin. The watch will reportedly let wearers make phone calls, use the Internet, and work with their e-mail.
The initial Galaxy Gear won't sport a bendable display, according to one of Bloomberg's sources. But Samsung is working on a model … Read more