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Rumor: Samsung already working on Galaxy Gear sequel; original product just a “test run”

Samsung galaxy gear on wrist

When Samsung revealed the Galaxy Gear smart watch September 4th, we were a bit vexed. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting in a couple of different areas, including design, compatibility (it will only work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition to start, and will work with older Samsung flagship products after a software update), and an unattractive $300 price tag.

Thankfully, it looks like Samsung is already hard at work on a sequel that should be more all-around pleasing. That’s not that surprising considering Samsung had already revealed that the Galaxy Gear line wouldn’t be a one-stop affair. What is surprising is that Samsung apparently considered the first Galaxy Gear as a test run of sorts, with its main purpose being to gauge consumer demand.

The sequel is expected to be more diverse, with Samsung said to be working on bringing functionality for more than just their own top-line smartphones. We’d begun to wonder whether Samsung has gotten too big for their own good, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case… yet.

galaxy gear and note 3

 

We’re not sure how long Samsung will look to box out potential smart watch fans who aren’t necessarily fans of Samsung phones, but it wouldn’t seem like a wise long-term business decision. Samsung is also said to be working on bringing functionality for the current Galaxy Gear to more smartphones, though the South Korean company wasn’t ready to make any promises.

All told, it sounds like this thing was rushed just a bit too much, as not even Samsung seems sure of their exact plan of attack from here on out. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on the little guy as it is slated to launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition later this month. Be sure to take a look at our early hands-on with the thing, and see how it fares up against other big-time smart watches that are either already seeding the market or set to do so sometime soon.

[via SamMobile]

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  • CerealFTW

    it also looks like a test run

  • Albert Orange

    It was rushed… but why… oh yeah… because Apple had a product announcement on the horizon, and Samsung had to beat them to the punch. But… now they are realizing that they have introduced a flawed product and back peddling. I think they should consider canceling the current Galaxy Gear and go back to the drawing board.

    I personally won’t ever buy a manufacturer specific smart watch. I would only consider a Pebble or other 3rd party that makes platform independent watches. Even a Google smartwatch will likely connect to an iPhone.

    • Megatron_Don

      ummm even without the galaxy gear they had the note 3 to announce.

    • https://sites.google.com/site/barry99705/ barry99705

      Well yea! They had to get their watch on the market before Apple. If they didn’t Apple would have starting suing everybody and their brother for copying their “innovation”.

      • ari_free

        yup it’s very important that Samsung has something out before Apple. Also, I don’t think Apple fans would care if an Apple watch didn’t work with non-Apples but suddenly it’s a big flaw if this only works with Samsungs?

      • Albert Orange

        So… it is ok to rush a crappy product to market so you can beat another company to it?

  • RichFromBX

    so basically, no one should buy this…

    • RussianDroid

      Yep, one of biggest WTF by Sammy.
      It’s like, here’s a beta product, please wait for the proper watch release in the near future. Oh, and thank you for your $300.

  • Morris

    OK now I’m sure I’m going to get the Sony smart watch

  • reznorfan0

    I don’t get why in all of these comparison articles people are doing, the pebble gets left out of the conversation. Of all of the available smartwatches, it brings the most to the table. It’s waterproof, talks to android and ios, interchangeable straps, actually looks like a watch, has a fairly decent developer community, multi-day battery life…I don’t understand why it doesn’t have more backing in the techn-news media.

    Is it perfect? No, about once a day I have to toggle my blue tooth on my phone because it will loose it’s connection, but it’s blue tooth, so it’s to be expected. It also is somewhat limited style-wise, it looks like a dork’s watch….but….only a dork would wear one anyway, so there’s that.

    • ari_free

      Pebble doesn’t run android though

  • MK2

    I really wanted to like it, but I just didn’t.

  • David Narada Brown

    Too expensive!

  • a) youth.in.asia

    For me, this will not do. I’ll need something like a nexus smartwatch. This is too bulky. I will end up getting one in 2 years. When the work out all the kinks

  • Steviemac

    Too bad the first one will be terrible and the sequel sure hell will be terrible as well. I see a discontinue in the future for this product.

    • Lou_Sasshole

      Yet if the product had an Apple logo you’d be saying the exact opposite.

      Let’s have a look at one of your gems.

      “Whoever supports the Koreans are lame fools! Just remember a dirty
      hooker at the Samsung facility is assembling your Galaxy S3 and Galaxy
      S4! Lol” – where do you think your iPhone parts come from? Lol.

      • Megatron_Don

        zing

    • Lou_Sasshole

      Lol I saw your comment that was awaiting moderation. You’re a tool, you couldn’t kick anyone’s ass even if you wanted to. I’d drop you with one punch, bro.

  • Megatron_Don

    has anyone that is bashing the galaxy gear ever tried one out… gone to the annoucement and handle one… NO? didn’t think so! it could be great it could be crap but it can’t be said until its released in the holiday season. I have the sony smartwatch and to me it is terrible. i lost sync with my phone almost hourly and it was small on my wrist. (i am 6’3 250lbs). Nobody said a thing about the galaxy gear when all the features were addressed but now its said to be a test run and the haters come out. i like it… i like what it has to offer. will i like it when i have it on my wrist. who knows? i liked the smartwatch also on paper but having it in real life i didn’t.

    • https://sites.google.com/site/barry99705/ barry99705

      Yeah, my Sony watch hasn’t been charged in a few months. Never could get it to work right.

    • ari_free

      They are probably people who don’t have a samsung phone,

      • Megatron_Don

        Or people that hate Samsung so are quick to jump on the article negatively

  • chris420o

    lol so basically your saying no one should buy this and your happy their making a second version when the first isnt even released yet? what a joke samsung mobile has become

  • Tony Lai

    Yeap, NEVER buy first generation of anything coming from Samsung…
    He got me on the OG Galaxy S. Damn you samsung!

  • Evertroy

    Samsung should worry about telling us the price for the 2014 10.1 before they make another watch….

  • chumawumba

    Well of course, they are waiting to see the iWatch.

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      It was rushed… but why… oh yeah… because Apple had a product announcement on the horizon, and Samsung had to beat them to the punch. But… now they are realizing that they have introduced a flawed product and back peddling. I think they should consider canceling the current Galaxy Gear and go back to the drawing board.