Rumors have been floating around the Internet that Samsung is planning on unveiling not one, but two, variants of the Galaxy Gear 2 along with the Galaxy S5 at Barcelona in MWC next week. @evleaks just confirmed these rumors and even posted a low-quality blurry picture, giving the world its first glimpse as to what the two Galaxy Gear 2 variants will look like.
Samsung Gear: Reviews, Specs, Apps, Models & News
If you thought there was no way Samsung could unveil a second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch later this month, at MWC, since its predecessor is still fairly young, you may want to reconsider.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, the company’s first attempt at a smart watch, wasn’t exactly well received by the market. It shipped with hilariously premature software that crippled the battery life and made notifications useless. It also shipped with support for only smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3. It doesn’t matter that the software got better and compatibility increased a month or two after the product started shipping, because people read the initial Gear reviews, got a bad taste in their mouths, and decided to skip the watch.
Samsung’s smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, is a great product (read my review) that’s unfortunately priced too high and only works with other Samsung devices. Actually, scratch that, the second point has just been made moot thanks to the work done by people who live in the XDA forums. If you have the patience to follow this nine step installation process detailed on Smartwatch Fans, then you can make a Galaxy Gear work with a Nexus 5. Note that they’ve tried to make the Gear with other Android phones, but have failed.
Watches are a touchy subject. If you’re a young person, you’ve probably never owned one because you’ve relied on your phone to tell you the time since you learned the letters of the alphabet. If you’re older, you probably owned a watch or two at some point, but then you eventually got a phone and failed to see the need to own a device that required manual calibration every few months. As for me, I got my first phone right as I got my first car. Before then, I had several time pieces. Nothing fancy, but enough so that I could coordinate my watch with my outfits.
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear isn’t just some dumb Bluetooth screen that displays notifications. It’s a full blown Android device with an OLED screen, 800 MHz processor, and half a gigabyte of RAM. Because of that, you can sideload applications on it, which is exactly what the guys at Fleksy have done. They wanted to input text on their Gear instead of taking their phone out, so they wrote a keyboard. From the quick hands-on video that The Verge produced, it looks like it actually works too!
Samsung advertisements have generally been a hit or a miss. Sometimes, the company manages to come up with some truly excellent ads, and sometimes, its ads end up suggesting that their products can help you get laid. Samsung is now ending the year by releasing a new advert for the Galaxy Gear, that is hilariously bad.
Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 update brings the latest version of Jelly Bean and Galaxy Gear compatibility
A couple of days ago, the Verizon’s Galaxy S3 started receiving its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Joining it today is its bigger brother, the Galaxy Note 2. The Sprint and T-Mobile variant of the Note 2 have already received their fair share of Jelly Bean love, with the Verizon variant joining them today.
Christmas is just two weeks away, which means you’re going to get absolutely plastered with ads from companies trying to convince you that if you don’t buy their newest widgets, you’ll end up feeling lonely, depressed, and out of touch with mainstream culture. So with those cheery holiday thoughts in the back of your mind, check out Samsung’s new ad for their smart watch, the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung has shipped almost 800,000 units of its Galaxy Gear smart watch since launch and is gearing up to push the watch in the final months of this fiscal year. Folks that scoop them up this holiday season will be able to some fun hacking thisdevice if they so please. Besides the basic tweaks, the first custom ROM has made its appearance on the forums over at xda-developers.