Having tested the waters in the fast emerging personal wearable segment with the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, Samsung now seems to be ready to up the ante with a new version that offers far better capabilities. Surprisingly, this comes within just months of the Galaxy Gear launch, which suffers from some serious shortcomings, namely its lack power given that the smartwatch has to be charged almost as frequently as the smartphone itself that it is tied to.
The other aspect of the Galaxy Gear that hasn’t been well received is its ability to perform only in conjugation with a Samsung device. While this should be okay with diehard Samsung fans, many consumers would prefer a more versatile device.
There are rumors that the second smartwatch offering from Samsung could be just months away. As for its qualities, unofficial sources claim it’s going to be more of a band than strictly a watch; given the South Korean company’s penchant for bendable displays, it’s not too far-fetched that such a display be associated with the next Galaxy Gear. In any case, bendable displays are far more suitable for smartwatch devices than perhaps anything else.
The Galaxy Gear in its present form is a bit unwieldy given its close resemblance to conventional watches, which is far from the futuristic device that it wishes to be. Better battery life is also imperative for smartwatch devices. Both Qualcomm Toq as well as the Sony Smartwatch 2 offer three to four days of battery life, and Samsung should offer similar levels of performance, if not improve on it considerably.
Meanwhile, in a related development that is expected to add impetus to Samsung’s efforts to come up with a much improved smartwatch, Luc Julia–until now associated with the development of Apple’s Siri–has joined Samsung, and is expected to lead the team entrusted with developing the successor to the Galaxy Gear.
As for a possible launch window, while we might be treated with a prototype or such at the upcoming CES, it is only around MWC that we can expect to come across something more substantial on this.