According to reports, Samsung Electronics are currently working on a smart watch that will not need to be tethered to a phone to be used. This would make the device the only smart watch on the market with such capabilities from a major manufacturer. This information came from sources close to the development of this device.
This new Samsung wearable will be able to make and receive calls independent of a smartphone, which smartest watches on the market are unable to do. It is also slated to have the ability to take photos, send and receive e-mails and will have built in GPS, Bluetooth and heart rate capabilities. The smart watch will operate on Samsung’s OS Tizen that was developed in conjunction with Intel and is currently the operating system used on the Galaxy Gear 2.
Based on the information presented from the sources, Samsung is planning to release the smart watch sometime in the coming months, though the device will be officially announced sometime in June or July. Samsung is currently negotiating with telecom carriers in the US, Europe and South Korea to carry the device.
While many are somewhat skeptical of the new wearable technology craze, the success of the Pebble smart watch proves that there is some demand for these devices. Rumours surrounding a potential iWatch and Nexus smart watch have been circling for months. As their major competitor, Apple is likely working on their own smart watch to compete. However, when it comes to major tech corporations, Samsung has been at the forefront with the Galaxy Gear which launched alongside the Note 3 and with the refined Gear 2 and the Gear Fit alongside the Galaxy S5. This device also shows the company has faith in the Tizen OS, which replaced Android on the Gear 2 earlier this year.