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.
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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.
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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.
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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.