First Galaxy Gear images appear – is this Samsung’s smartwatch?

September 1, 2013

Samsung Galaxy

The first images showing the Galaxy Gear smartwatch have hit the web, although they’re yet to be confirmed.

VentureBeat obtained from a developer access to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The publication notes that the prototypes sent to developers “don’t [always] mirror the final design” of a device, but says that the final design “won’t be far off.”

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However, these images aren’t pictures of the actual thing, as the reporter was not allowed to photograph it. Instead, she was allowed to take pictures of an internal promotional marketing video for the Galaxy Gear, created for Samsung “by an independent team working closely” with the South Korean giant.

This isn’t the first time we receive such information from publications that talked to devs with access to the device, with a previous report offering many details regarding the specs and features of the smartwatch. But it’s the first time we get to see images of the smartwatch.

Galaxy Gear

According to the publication, the Galaxy Gear measures about 3-inches and is “quite large” with large bezels that give it “a chunky rectangular shape with rounded corners.” Moreover, “the wristband is clunky and masculine, large enough to hold speakers in the clasp.”

The smartwatch is said to connect via Bluetooth to smartphone and tablets, but to also offer Wi-Fi support for working independently of a different device.

Galaxy Gear

Here are the Galaxy Gear’s specs, according to the same report:

  • Samsung S Voice for voice commands
  • Preloaded with Android apps for social media, health tracking, etc.
  • Integration with a companion Galaxy S phone or tablet
  • An easy-to-use swipe function to access apps, the built-in camera, and the photo gallery
  • Call logs (A cool use-case: You can initiate a call from the watch to a Samsung smartphone device)
  • Internet access
  • Power button on the side
  • Social media integration — you can share to your Facebook or Twitter account from the watch
  • 10+ hours battery life

As you can see, some of the specs and features mentioned in previous reports can be found in this story as well.

Galaxy Gear

VentureBeat also says that a 4-megapixel camera that’s built into the strap is present, alongside the aforementioned speakers in the strap. Interestingly, the publication says that “you can measure health data through the camera,” by taking pictures of your food and tagging it accordingly.

Apparently health is very important to Samsung, with the company rumored to have worked with a health startup from Palo Alto, California, on health apps for the watch.

Galaxy Gear

Speaking about health, here are some health- and fitness-related features the device has to offer:

  • While you’re at the gym working out, the smartwatch can track your health data, including steps, heart rate, calorie intake.
  • You can measure your heart rate at any time via a built-in heart rate monitor.
  • The watch will help you devise the perfect workout — one of the first apps devised for the watch suggests workouts to help you lose weight, gain energy or tone up, for instance.
  • Track your food intake by taking photos of your meals — plenty of apps are already on the market that help you keep a food diary of sorts. What would be truly innovative is if Samsung could detect the nutritional value of food, based on a smartwatch photograph.

That said, we’ll be able to tell you everything there is to know about the Galaxy Gear starting with this Wednesday, when Samsung will officially announce it in Berlin, Germany. Android Authority will be there live to cover the whole IFA 2013 show, including the pre-show announcements.

Galaxy Gear

What do you think about the Galaxy Gear in the images above?

Comments

  • Luka Mlinar

    It’s can’t be. This thing looks way to stupid. Even for Samsung.

    • ibbi

      agree

    • Fantastico

      Agreed. It looks shockingly ugly. And the battery life is inexcusable.

      This was Samsung’s chance to prove that they are an “innovator” in new market categories, rather than a “fast follower” of other companies’ trends. If this leak is true, they have failed to create something practical, desirable, or innovative.

      • dfsef

        even if they created something beautiful, they can’t still be an innovator with a smartwatch because many companies have already introduced smartwatches earlier, with more practical and useful designs and features.

        • Hayatte

          they will not be able to create something beautiful; apple hasn’t released ther iWatch yet. Samsung has nothing to copy yet.

        • Fantastico

          Of course they could be an innovator with a smartwatch. Being innovative is not about being first – it’s about doing it right.

          Smartwatches are ugly, clunky, have poor battery life, and don’t sell well. Also, consumers don’t know what they are for (are they an extension of a smartphone or a standalone device?). Samsung had a chance to change these perceptions and define a new product. If this is the best they could do, then they have not succeeded. All the above assumptions concerning smartwatches remain unchanged. Even Sony’s watch, released last June, is better.

      • Fred Chiang

        this is a prototype

    • weed

      Me want some of what Samsungs engineers are smoking! I feel over qualified to work there.

      This kind of reminds me of Samsung products of old, non-Asian people would not know so much about it since those were too tasteless to ever make it too far outside Korea, but some products did make it to SE Asia, and were failures of course.

      The grand example was when Samsung decided to boost their sales of refrigerators by using one of their famous products at the time: LCD TVs. They actually mounted LCD TVs into the refrigerator doors and thought it was a good idea.

      • Luka Mlinar

        You know, this got me thinking about some outrageous phones Samsung rolled out trough out they years. Some have been innovative and awesome but some made me thing they got better weed there then where I’m from. Samsung Hennessy is a good reminder of that. I think even Jackie Chan was laughing at that one in the end.

    • Fred Chiang

      this is a prototype.

  • fawfasf

    It looks decent. But disappointing.

    • Luka Mlinar

      How is this decent? It should be wide not tall. How big a hand do i need for crying out loud :D

      • dfsef

        samsung tells you to jack off with your left hand too often to make it bigger and more appropriate a size to wear their smartstupidwatch.

        • Luka Mlinar

          I think you might be right :D

  • William Hickman

    I don’t mind so much the looks as I mind the battery life. If 10 hours is true, I think I’ll be getting the Sony Smartwatch 2 instead. I need something that will last at least a full day.

    • weed

      No doubt about it, SM2 is the watch to watch this year. The nice display size and the reflective nature of the LCD should work out well for acceptable battery life.

  • lil bit

    Galaxy S4 Micro.

    Too ugly, too big, full of useless bloat. This is not the smartphone extension I want, I don’t even want that cam, this is too much Samsung even for Samsung.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdullah.naji1 Abdullah Naji

    I don’t see why everyone is criticizing it’s looks, it looks just fine

    • Steve- Construction Contractor

      Said the guy with the goofy glasses…

      :-)

      • weed

        LoL, u bad.

        Anyway Abdullah, Coca Cola called, the bottles you ordered with extra thick bottoms are back in stock.

  • IllImaginer

    Go home Samsung, you’re drunk.

  • Fantastico

    That looks shockingly ugly. And the battery life is inexcusable.

    This was Samsung’s chance to prove that they are an “innovator” in new market categories, rather than a “fast follower” of other companies’ trends. If this leak is true, they have failed to create something practical, desirable, or innovative.

  • D’Ander McSullivan

    Not buying it anyways, but… for f*ck sake, I hope it’s not.

  • d1m1m1

    Was anyone actually expecting a well designed smart watch from Samsung??? C’mon people, take a few cues from the ugly plastic body, obselete center buttons and shitty bezel designs on their current phones.

    • weed

      Didn’t expect well designed I guess but come on, this thing is too far gone, its horrifying. Yes I’m surprised, and after checking a few other websites I found the same reactions everywhere, namely disbelief and disgust.

    • dfsef

      we saw renders here that looked interesting.

  • Marsg

    So people glueing their smartphones to the wrist wasnt too far off from the Samsung gear lol

  • Josh

    I am utterly disappointed. I knew this was doomed for failure the moment they announced the absence of a flexible display.

  • James Childress

    Even though a curved display might have made sense, how long do you think it would be before people complained about the scratches a curved surface would get from everyday use? Also unless the display’s curve were truly flexible, comfort would be a problem. Not every one’s wrist is shaped the same.

  • End in sight

    Ok. Apple strikes again!

    So, in the old days, Apple let the PC guys be first to market, and THEN they showed up later with something that was so much cooler and “user-friendly”. They benefited from learning what the public liked and hated. Well, in the last 5-10 years, Apple has started being first to market, and Samsung and others come along and try to improve on it…and often times, I think they do (imo).

    But, Apple knows that Samsung playing first to market has the potential to be a huge PR nightmare for Sammy, and so they choose to be second to market with the watch.

    And just like Apple assumed, based on these photos, Samsung has produced the ugliest, clunkiest…thing…probably any of us could have imagined. The public will be shocked and then primed for the “aesthetic genius” of the Apple watch debut next year.

    For the sake of Android, I hope someone else improves on the Sammy watch soon.

    • Ryan

      So now its Apple’s fault that they have a fugly design?

      • End in sight

        Not “fault”. It is Apple’s “smart move” that is going to ensure that Samsung produces a crappy design. This is good for Apple and bad for Samsung.

  • jinggy

    If u see the article about Samsung Electronic vice-president , u could see a watch beside her. And I think it is the real one .

  • http://www.giftsspace.com/blog Online Strategies

    The size makes the smart watch little awkward. It should have a sliding interface that will be just a watch when it is not used. Predictably it’s Android that powers the device.

  • Reed

    Before anyone flames me, I’m typing this from a rooted and ROM’d (bean stalk) galaxy note 2.

    Samsung can’t design hardware for crap.

  • Jaun Lombard

    Ugly as shit and what’s the point of the smartwatch if it cant outlast my phone’s battery? I am a big SAMSUNG supporter, but this is crap and the Note 3 will probably disappoint and I saw a pic of the the 12.2 Tab…looks like a Sony…

    I know Samsung is building new design studios around the world for future products…but their current shit wont make them money and my my guess is that the S5 wont impress…

  • Valtheus

    Personally i consider the whole smartwatch idea stupid in the first place. Like the smartphone, tablet, laptop, computer we own is not enough to communicate already, that we also need a small communicator attached to our hand all day long? What am i, a cyborg? Pfftt…

    And for the shake of argument, if thats the real thing… damn its ugly.

  • Christopher Teague

    This has nothing on the Omate Truesmart, its just an extension of your mobile phone. Omate is Android 4.2.2, works with or as standalone as it accepts a sim card, full Google App store, IP67 certified, dual core 1gb ram and a 5mp camera. For probably half the price!!!

  • Theghost

    Lol this is a wind up by Samsung

  • ijujiu

    Man thats looking terrible. This isn’t the 80′s anymore! Decision and designs like will destroy Samsung.

  • Anon

    10hrs+ battery?
    YUCK SAMSUNG YUCK!

  • Delano Böhm

    This is shit compared to the Omate Truesmart!