Samsung may have beat Apple in releasing the world’s first major smartwatch, but the Galaxy Gear was met with a mixed response at best. The device’s high price tag, limited applications and the fact that it only works as a companion to the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 are all huge drawbacks. Now, Korean site Daum claims the South Korean company may release a second version of its smartwatch as soon as early 2014 in response to its critics.
The Galaxy Gear 2 will allegedly work with a larger number of devices, syncing with Samsung phones and tablets running earlier versions of Android instead of just 4.3, and possibly working with other non-Samsung Android devices as well. The price is also expected to drop, and Samsung is expected to launch the improved smartwatch at either CES in Jan. 2014 or a month later at MWC.
It’s pretty crazy to think that Samsung is already prepping a Galaxy Gear 2 while the original model hasn’t even been released yet. However, considering that the device is expected to feature the same design and applications, any updates to the smartwatch should be relatively minor. The second-generation smartwatch will most likely come with the same 1.63-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, 1.9-megapixel camera and 800 MHz processor.