The new Samsung Gear allows you act like a secret agent.
Photo by Reuters.
The Christmas holiday buying season seems as though it is
off to a technological start with smartwatches and perhaps a
colourful range of iPhones all due for general release this
Samsung has released a smartwatch that will let users check
messages with a glance at their wrists and have a
conversation in secret agent Maxwell Smart-style.
The Korean company, which is storming world markets with its
smartphones, says the new watch will be available in more
than 140 countries starting from September 25. It is expected
to sell for $US299 ($NZ379). There was no specific launch
date announced for New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm will begin selling its ''Toq''
wrist-worn device that can play music and handle phone calls
and messages, in the fourth quarter, marking the chipmaker's
entry into the consumer electronics and wearable computing
The company, which dominates the global market for
applications processors for smartphones and tablets,
introduced the device on the same day as Samsung unveiled its
own much-anticipated ''Galaxy Gear'' in Berlin. Galaxy Gear
includes the new Note 3.
Next week, Apple will hold an event at its campus in
Cupertino, California, the company confirmed in an invitation
sent to the media yesterday. The invitation reads: ''This
should brighten everyone's day.''
Surrounding the text are colourful dots, which match Apple's
forthcoming ''colourful iOS 7 operating system'' and perhaps
the colourful versions of the rumoured iPhone 5C. One of the
sought-after colours for the new 5C phones is gold.
So-called smartwatches have been around for a while but have
failed to attract much consumer interest. That may change
with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which offers the company a
chance to have the same success as Apple did with the iPad.
The Gear must be linked wirelessly with a smartphone to
perform its full range of functions. It has an extension to
the phone by alerting users to incoming messages and calls on
its screen, which measures 4.14cm diagonally.
The smartwatch has a range of functions, including a fitness
pack, a personal network and a wine scanner, which gives the
user a rundown on any wine from a photo of it by the 1.9
megapixel auto-focus camera.
The watch will require charging daily.