News by Andrew Kameka on Friday May 23, 2014.
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The smartwatch in modern tech reality has mostly been about using a wearable watch as a window to a smartphone. Samsung is in the process of removing the need to link one to the other. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung plans to announce a wearable device that is capable of independently placing and receiving cellular phone calls. The report suggests Samsung will in a few months ship a phone that can send emails, take photos, and use GPS, Bluetooth, and a heart monitor. The goal is to have the product unveiled by July, with a summer target for release with carrier partners in the U.S., South Korea, and Europe.
The "watchphone" release is an update of the rumors first sparked by Samsung registering a Gear Solo trademark discovered in April. The Wall Street Journal is a reputible source that's typically accurate when hounding rumors, so this lends credence to the idea of a SIM-capable smartwatch that can act independent of a smartphone. Like the other Gear smartwatches, Tizen would be the chosen operating system. Or is this really a smartphone that happens to be a watch? Either way, this product is primed to launch soon.source: Wall Street Journal, via: Techcrunch
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