Samsung is getting the jump on Apple in more ways than one in unveiling the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4th. The unveil precedes Apple's press event on September 10th and the companies desire to release their own iteration of the smartwatch. Samsung is hoping that beating Apple to the punch will translate into results for the company, and finally get the Apple monkey off their back as they set the market for smartwatches on their own terms.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is set to ship in five different colours. This includes white, orange, grey, black, and gold. The curved screen that Samsung has shown off at tech events over the years will not be utilized by the Galaxy Gear as of yet, but by the sounds of things, the goal is to eventually produce a smartwatch with a curved screen. This certainly depends on how well the new device does at market and whether or not it is worthy of future investment. What we will likely see instead is a square OLED screen around 2.5 inches across.
Functionally, it appears as if the Galaxy Gear will feature advanced optimization with other Galaxy products like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Tab. Some potential features include the ability to sync your watch instantaneously through an app with your phone, allowing you to do things like read text messages on your watch seamlessly. For those thinking that the watch will replace your phone or tablet, that is highly unlikely as features such as messaging and calling will need to be synced up with your existing device via a Bluetooth connection.
While we are speculating, this is brand new tech. We are likely in for more than a few surprises come September 4th when Samsung holds its unveil for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Whether or not Apple responds sooner or later with the iWatch remains to be seen, but the first shot across the bow of the smartphone war will be fired by Samsung.