Samsung’s first attempt at a smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, falls short in most respects, but one pleasant surprise is the built-in 1.9-megapixel shooter, which turns the wearable device into the ultimate spy camera. The Galaxy Gear is also noticeably short on apps, but that’s where Snapchat comes in.
The popular video and photo-sharing service announced today that is developing Snapchat Micro, a version of the app designed for the the Galaxy Gear’s 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display. Using just your Samsung smartwatch, you can shoot a photo or video, choose a time limit, and send it to your friends. If you want to overlay a drawing or text on top of the picture you can automatically send it to your Galaxy Note 3.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel said the goal of Snapchat Micro is to “reduce the time between our experience of a moment and our ability to share it,” calling the smartwatch app “an experiment.” We don’t think this one app will be enough to convince most people to shell out $300 for Samsung’s new smartwatch, but hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.
The Galaxy Gear will launch in 149 countries on Sept. 25, when it will boast 70 apps including Snapchat Micro.