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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Announcement Coming Sept. 4, Report Says

by Todd Haselton | August 16, 2013August 16, 2013 7:30 am PDT

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Samsung has already confirmed that it’s working on a smartwatch that will likely pair with Android smartphones and provide bits of information on our wrists. The most likely venue for its announcement will be the IFA trade show in Berlin, which kicks off in Sept. Bloomberg said it has confirmed with two sources that the announcement will occur during Samsung’s press event on Sept. 4.

The device, dubbed the Galaxy Gear, will allegedly run a version of Android itself, though it’s unclear if it’s a watered down iteration or a full version. The Galaxy Gear will hit the market this year, Bloomberg said, without saying exactly when. Samsung may announce the device at its event, but it could take many more months before it lands on store shelves for consumers to buy. The news outlet contradicted earlier reports by saying the device will not employ a flexible screen from Samsung, which suggests the “rounded” display is out.

Samsung isn’t alone in the market. Pebble already created a successful Kickstarter campaign that landed its Pebble smartwatch in consumer hands earlier this year, and the device is already sold in Best Buy. Sony will release its SmartWatch 2 later this year, and Apple is also allegedly working on a device called the iWatch, though that might not launch until next year.

Samsung is also expected to announce its Galaxy Note III phablet during its press conference, which should pack high-end specs and a large full HD display.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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