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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch “Is Not a Phone,” Report Says

by Brandon Russell | August 19, 2013August 19, 2013 3:30 pm PST


Samsung’s upcoming smartwatch project won’t itself be a phone, contradicting an earlier report from Bloomberg. According to sources speaking to The Verge, the device, known as Galaxy Gear, will instead act more as a smartphone companion, an accessory, as many smartwatch offerings tend to do. Think of it as being a Pebble on steroids. “The watch is not a phone,” a source allegedly said.

Previous reports claimed the device would be its own self-contained unit, basically a shrunken, wearable smartphone, that could place phone calls. But that itself poses many hurdles: battery life, the actual act of making a phone call through the watch, and size. Wearable technology has become a frontier many companies are rumored to enter, though it sounds like Samsung isn’t quite ready to offer something truly extraordinary.

Motorola and Sony have both offered smart watch devices in the past, as has Samsung, but none have really captured much worldwide interest. A lot of eyes will be on Apple this fall to see whether the company releases an iWatch, but it seems Samsung will beat the iPhone maker to the punch. If indeed the Korean company does introduce something, we could see it as early as IFA next month.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.