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Samsung GALAXY Gear: A smartwatch on steroids

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Samsung recently introduced the GALAXY Gear, a companion device that could be integrated initially to the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and soon to other Galaxy smartphones. It is in every sense of the word a smart watch, worn like any other smart watch and functions like a smart watch but with many functions no smart watch available in the market today has.

Samsung GALAXY Gear notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, it allows users to preview those messages and allows them to decide to accept or discreetly ignore those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can then check their Samsung GALAXY devices for full content.

“Samsung’s ongoing smart device innovation leadership reflects our commitment to listen to our consumers, who want their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable. Samsung GALAXY Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected.”

The built-in speaker allows hands-free calls directly from the Gear, Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear with S Voice.

With the Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks.

Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung GALAXY devices.

The Galaxy Gear features a new security enhancement Auto Lock that automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that GALAXY Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again.

Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate. With Samsung GALAXY Gear, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY devices. As with traditional music players, it helps users browse, play and pause songs even when their smart device is not within reach.

Finally, the GALAXY Gear also works like a Pedometer to track physical activity via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors users so they can track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

The GALAXY Gear of course also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options. It is preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps.