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A riot of color: Samsung's Galaxy Gear officially begins smartwatch war

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 5th, 2013
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Who will win the upcoming smartwatch battle? There is consumer loyalty with Apple, but feisty Samsung is the first out the gate. Coming a wide variety of colors, Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a wide variety of options. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Unveiling their new line in Berlin, Samsung revealed three products ― the new Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch. 

There are already a plethora of smartwatches currently available, including the Pebble and others. Apple and Samsung dominate the smartphone market, and are expected to lead in the smartwatch market as well. Samsung is the first out of the gate.

In a cell phone age - the question arises: why would anyone in the 21st Century need a watch? Because - the cellphone is usually kept in  a pocket or purse. The cellphone is far from a perfect device. One has to fumble to see who's calling, calls are missed because you don't hear the phone or feel it vibrate, or you safely tucked it away because you were tired of being tied down to your cell phone. These small but common problems can be solved ― technically ― with a smartwatch.

Notifications and updates are also easier to spot on the 1.63-in. screen. "Get the news you've been waiting for faster," Samsung's Think Tank director Pranav Mistry says. He describes the gadget as "wearable, comfortable and a little bit sci-fi." 

The Galaxy phones make it easy to jump back and forth. Click on an email on your watch, and your Galaxy phone will be displaying the same email when you retrieve it.

The smartwatch is also equipped with a 1.9-megapixel camera. The "Memographer" software lets you "point your wrist and shoot." This device also translates foreign language signs, and performs other augmented reality functions.

The Galaxy also has built-in microphones so that you can talk to your wrist instead of into thin air, like with a Bluetooth earpiece, a la "Dick Tracy." Using voice commands, you can draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms and even check the weather.

In addition there will be a gyroscope and accelerometer so it can respond to your movements and track your exercise. It can go over 25 hours on a single battery charge.

There will be a Gear app store with lots of social, workout and location services already available, such as Path, Life360, RunKeeper and Phigolf. 

The fly in the ointment is that people have recently been ditching their wristwatches. Mobile industry analyst Jeff Kagan remains optimistic: "Samsung is pushing the innovation envelope," he wrote in a note to press. "This smart watch will be as popular and successful as their smart phone and tablet. And it will all work together."

In the meantime, Apple's iWatch may have a curved glass screen. Google ― which has been focusing on Google Glass wearable computers ― is also apparently working on a watch, to pair like Glass with its Android phones. 

Will Apple introduce its own smartwatch next week, at its press event in Cupertino? No one knows.

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