It took a while but it’s finally here. After opening up to all Android (non-Galaxy) devices, the latest Samsung smartwatches and fitness band are now compatible on Apple’s iOS.
Apart from making smartwatches like the Gear S2 and the new Gear S3, Samsung has not forgotten about their fitness wearable segment. The latest incarnation of Samsung’s fitness bands, the Gear Fit2 certainly sports quite a few upgrades compared to its predecessor. Read on to find out what we think.
What do you get when you take an audio device, give it touch controls, make it as small as humanly possible and stick some fitness tracking functions on it? The Samsung Gear IconX.
Samsung Malaysia has finally brought in its latest Gear accessories to complement its current Galaxy flagship smartphones. This includes the long awaited Gear Fit2 smart fitness watch and its Gear IconX wireless earbuds.
Traditional timepieces are still adored by the masses but when you have an accessory that tells the time and lives on your wrist, your (smart)watch by all means, should last you through the week; that is unless you’re using a Samsung Gear S2. Through our experience with this smartwatch, it definitely doesn’t come close to the manufacturer’s quoted two-three day battery life; mostly lasting us a day and a half at most.
If you’re like us and are unhappy about the battery life on your new Samsung smartwatch, this new software update might just give you a little extra time – see what we did there.
|Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Mobile OS, Samsung, Smart Watch, Tizen|
|Battery Life, Battery Optimisation, gear s2, Gear S2 battery, Gear S2 battery life, Gear S2 update, R730TUVU1AOL3, Samsung, Samsung Gear, Samsung Gear S, Samsung Gear S2, Samsung Gear S2 battery, Samsung Gear S2 battery life, Samsung gear S2 smartwatch, Samsung Gear S2 update, Samsung Smart Watch, samsung smartwatch, software|
When iOS 8 was announced, continuity was one of its key features allowing seamless transition across its family of products. This means you can be browsing a web page or working on a document on a Mac, and you can continue from where you’ve left on your iPad or iPhone and vice versa.
Samsung now has also introduced something similar to Apple and it is called Samsung Flow. It works across mode devices including smart watches, Galaxy smart phones, tablets, computers and even its Smart TVs. There are a 3 components for Samsung Flow – Transfer, Defer and Notify. Transfer is pretty straight forward as it pushes your current session onto your next device.
It is a busy time for smart wearables and Samsung has announced its Gear S, its first ever standalone smart watch that comes with 3G connectivity. Unlike its previous Gear Smart Watches, the Gear S has a 3G SIM slot underneath which lets you make calls and SMS.
If you like the display on the Gear Fit, you’ll be pleased to know that the Gear S comes with a 2″ curved AMOLED display that does 480×360 pixels resolution which is probably the highest for a smart watch currently. Powering the device is a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and it runs on Tizen OS like its predecessor. Also built-in is a heart rate sensor, barometer and even a UV sensor as well.
|Mobile Devices, Mobile OS, Samsung, Tizen|
|Samsung, Samsung Bluetooth headset, Samsung Gear, Samsung Gear 2 Announced, Samsung Gear Circle, Samsung Gear S, Samsung Gear S 3G, Samsung Gear S Launch, samsung Gear Solo, Samsung Gear with 3G, Samsung Smart Watch, Smart Watch, Standalone Smart Watch, Tizen|
According to Samsung resource site Sammobile, Samsung is working on a round Gear Smart Watch to compete with the likes of Moto 360 and LG’s upcoming G Watch R. Details of the device is quite scarce and it still remains a question mark whether it would run on Tizen OS or Android Wear.
For the upcoming IFA 2014, Samsung is expected to introduce its Gear VR, a virtual reality head unit that’s co-developed with Oculus VR. If you’re looking for a new smart watch, Samsung is likely to introduce a standalone Gear smart watch along with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. Speculated as the Gear Solo, the new smart watch comes with its own dedicated SIM card and it can work independently without pairing with a smart phone. Considering most Gear smart watches have short battery life, it will be interesting to see how would Samsung make this last a full working day.
[ SOURCE ]
Apart from the Moto 360 and LG G Watch, a Samsung Smart Watch had appeared at Google I/O 2014 with the Gear Live. Looking like its current Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Live runs on Google’s new Android Wear smart watch platform instead of its current Tizen OS.
The specs of the Samsung Gear Live isn’t official yet but earlier leaks suggest a similar 1.63″ 320×320 display, a faster 1.2GHz processor with just 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. The battery is the same size at 300mAh.
Both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live will be going on sale on the Google Play Store which obviously isn’t available for us folks in Malaysia. Meanwhile the round Moto 360 smart watch will be released sometime later during Summer.
The Samsung Gear 2 is their second take of making a connected wearable device for its line of Galaxy Smart Phones. In their first version, the Android based Galaxy Gear stood out from the crowd with an integrated camera and a built-in speakerphone on the strap. Less than 6 months later, a new one is introduced which runs on Tizen OS along with updated internals.
Since watches are fashionable items, Samsung has taken most of its electronics away from the strap and the new Gear 2 allows seamless swapping of its watch straps. The microphone and integrated camera is now moved to the watch body. Other new features include a heart rate sensor which is now embedded on the back plate and a IR Blaster which can be used to control your home entertainment appliances.
Has the move to Tizen OS alter the way the Gear works? Not really. From our initial hands-on from Mobile World Congress, the interface is pretty much the same as the previous Galaxy Gear but now they have added a Home Button. Some usability has been changed slightly, for instance the camera function. Previously all you need to do is to swipe downwards from the home screen to activate the camera. On the Gear 2, you would need to load the camera by swiping through the home screen interface, which is a couple of steps extra.
If we compare both the Gear 2 and the original Galaxy Gear, the new version is lighter and thinner than before. We like the fact that the new Gear is also water and dust resistant (IP67 rated) which gives more confidence to take this anywhere outdoors in either rain or shine.
Besides the Gear 2, Samsung has also announced the cheaper Gear 2 Neo and a more sporty focused Gear Fit. The new Gear wearable devices are expected to be available on 11th April alongside the Galaxy S5 flagship smart phone.
Head after the break for more hands-on video and photos of the Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch