When it comes to wearable technology, experts appear to agree on two points. First, that the devices, particularly those aimed at the wearer's wrist, rather than the wearer's face, are destined for the mainstream. And second, that Samsung was so desperate to get into the market ahead of potential rivals that its first attempt at a smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, was less than impressive.
When it launched in September, the US$299 (RM900) device only worked with one smartphone -- the latest Samsung Galaxy Note phablet, and its features and functions amounted to little more than mirroring the handset's screen and offering remote control of the music player.
However, according to ZDNet South Korea, the second-generation Gear, expected to launch in London in March is going to be a huge improvement - aesthetically, at least.
According to an unnamed source, the watch will sport a flexible curved OLED display and the whole device will be similarly curved for a snug fit on the wrist.
This also suggests that the watch will have more display real estate which, in turn will make it easier to offer better access to more apps and features.
Earlier reports claim that the next watch will get a standalone GPS chip - this would be a boon for app makers especially those focused on developing fitness or location-based services; a much better battery life (the current watch needs charging up after 25 hours); and will be compatible with Android devices other than those made by Samsung.
The company has already said that the next generation of its smartwatch would be a marked improvement over its initial offering and that it would launch alongside its next flagship smartphone - the Galaxy SV. Therefore, if ZDNet's sources are accurate, it means that Samsung is only a handful of weeks away from unveiling both.
It also means that Samsung has something else up its sleeve for the upcoming Mobile World Congress, which kicks off Feb 24.
Most in the tech community believe that this something else will be a standalone fitness and activity tracker, possibly called the Galaxy Band. - AFPRelaxnews 2013
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