Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch a new smartwatch, currently codenamed “Orbis” during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the beginning of March. We’ve already heard that it may run the company’s Tizen operating system, which finally launched for the first time on a phone and also powers the Gear S. Now, a report from SamMobile suggests it may have a unique ring that could be used to control the user interface.
SamMobile says the ring will rotate in a similar fashion to what you might find on a classic watch for timekeeping. The site isn’t quite sure what it will enable, though surmises it might allow a user to move around the Tizen user interface and that it might operate similarly to how the smart crown on the Apple Watch works.
A twist in one direction might move the cursor right, while a twist in the other might move it left – which means it could make it easier to flip through photos, long lists of applications and more. SamMobile said a software development kit (SDK) is also in the works, which would allow developers to add other features to the ring.
TechnoBuffalo will be on the ground for Mobile World Congress, so if Orbis does indeed make an appearance, you can bet we’ll have all of the details right here.