News by Andrew Kameka on Friday August 30, 2013.
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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is definitely arriving at next week's press event in conjunction with IFA, and a new set of leaks reveals that the Android smart watch will have an Android companion app to control it. Habitual leaker evleaks has posted two screenshots of a Samsung Gear Manager app that would be used to pair the watch to the phone and handle various settings. One image depicts how users would tap an NFC-capable Android device to the watch in order to establish a Bluetooth connection. The second screenshot lists Clocks, My Apps, Samsung Apps, Find My Watch, and Settings.
From the images, we can assume that the Galaxy Gear will have several watch faces that users can switch between on a whim. It will probably have a wake command so someone can tap the ?Find My Watch" button on a smartphone to locate the watch. The screenshots also suggest that clocks and apps will be downloaded through the Samsung Apps store rather than Google Play, which would be surprising because such a move would make non-Samsung smartphones unable to access the added content. There's no confirmation that the Samsung Gear would only be compatible with Galaxy smartphones, so perhaps there's more to the story, but it seems that this will be more of a Samsung smart watch than an Android smart watch.
Previous reports claimed that the Galaxy Gear will have a 2.5-inch OLED display, 10 hours of battery life, speakers, and Android Jelly Bean. The Telegraph today published a report claiming that it will also have S Voice and a 4-megapixel camera. The watch is designed to work as a companion for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III for reading emails, checking notifications, and more.source: evLeaks
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