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.
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.
- Samsung: over 1,000 Gear apps
- Samsung launching Android Wear watch at IO
- Galaxy Gear gets Tizen update
- Samsung Android Wear later this year
- Check out the Samsung Galaxy Gear forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.