According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal, it appears that the largest Android manufacturer is looking to release another smartwatch this summer. That would be Samsung, and they are looking to release a standalone smartwatch that can make calls and everything. Standalone as in it doesn’t need a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone or tablet, like the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit need. So this would be a bit bulkier since it needs more components inside, and will likely be a bit more pricey as well. However we don’t have any word on the pricing of the smartwatch yet. All we really know is that Samsung is releasing it this summer, making it their fourth wearable in 2014.
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“Samsung Electronics Co. is making another run at that perennial technogeek dream, the wrist communicator, with plans to unveil a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone phone in the next few months… Samsung’s watch-phone will be able to make and receive calls without being tethered to a smartphone, something most smartwatches on the market now can’t do, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. It will also take photos, send email and come with GPS, Bluetooth and a heart monitor, the people said.”
Another part to this story – a part that shouldn’t surprise anyone – is that this smartwatch is going to run Tizen OS. Instead of Android. Which it’s not surprising since the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit all run on Tizen and the Galaxy Gear is getting an update right now to switch from Android to Tizen. Which is Samsung’s own mobile operating system that they are trying to get off the ground. It’s great to see more wearables out there. I just wonder how well it would work for taking phone calls. The Galaxy Gear did pretty well, but then again anyone around you could hear what you’re saying. So hopefully this one works a bit better.