Samsung Galaxy Gear to be first to release wearable technology device with new smartwatch

Samsung unveil the new Galaxy Gear.
Samsung unveil the new Galaxy Gear. Photo:

Samsung have released details of their first foray in to wearable technology with their smartwatch the Galaxy Gear and look set to be the first major player in the field of mainstream wearable technology.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:

Google released details of the Google Glass plans over the summer, but the device will not hit the shop until next year.

While Apple - long rumoured to be working on a watch similar to Samsung's has yet to confirm any real plans.

Samsung said that the smartwatch will be available in the US and Japan in October, but the rest of the world will have it later this month.

Reaction to the Galaxy Gear was mixed, although some tech bloggers at least saluted Samsung for being the first on to the market with such a device:


The Galaxy Gear is designed so that Note owners can minimize the amount of mockery they're subjected to over how big their phones are.


If your basis for developing a wearable device is a watch, you’re going to think about it like a watch. And you shouldn’t.


I would show you a hands on pic of a Galaxy Smartwatch but I can’t raise my hand with it on.

Samsung said that uses of the Galaxy Gear will be able to use the voice control to make calls, create reminders and set alarms without touching the smartwatch.

The watch will also work with other Samsung devices allowing users to control the music played on them, or find any they have misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate.

It will come in six colours and have 4GB of storage and with a1.6" screen, Samsung say they have designed the watch to last for more than a day on a single charge.