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Samsung Gear A to Feature Calling and Round Face

News by admin on Tuesday April 07, 2015.

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Samsung was one of the first major smartphone brands (along with Sony) to put a smartwatch on the market, a couple of years earlier than most of its rivals. However, the Apple Watch has swept in and stolen the limelight and will probably steal the sales too, so while Samsung's previous smartwatch efforts have been solid, it is probably time for the company to knuckle down and deliver spectacular.

Not that the Apple Watch is spectacular, but considering Cupertino's grip on the consumer conscience, Samsung or indeed any other company needs to deliver things Apple's wearable does not. That of course means features, so it is not surprising to see that the company is working on adding some Apple Watch beating new goodies. The Korean company has never been afraid to go on a feature blitz, and so called Gear A (codename Orbis) will come loaded.

The device will apparently come in two separate variants, one with Bluetooth and one with 3G, allowing it to be used to make calls. Of course, both versions will come with the Wi-Fi connectivity as well. The wearable will be rolling out on the top four carriers in the United States, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, while it will carry Samsung's own Tizen OS and not Android Wear.

Samsung is currently ahead in the nascent wearable market, something that will undoubtedly change when the Apple Watch rolls out. The Gear A will go some way to addressing that market gap with Apple if it does come with these features, and indeed a round face as it expected. Will it be enough to outsell the Apple Watch? Probably not.

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