Bought yourself a Samsung Galaxy S4? If you feel that it is a little under dressed then maybe you should take a peek at this selection.
If you were intrigued by the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch but a bit disappointed that it only worked with one phone - the Note 3 - and not the S4 you splashed the cash on a few months back, we may have some good news.
Cnet is reporting that a Korean news site Daum is suggesting that version two of the phone is in the pipeline and will arrive next year. And among the many enhancements are that it will work with a wider range of phones. The site says that the second iteration of the watch could be unveiled at CES in January
This is not an especially surprising move. It was massively important for Samsung to get there first with the smartwatch ahead of Apple. However by limiting its distribution Samsung could gauge reaction to the watch's launch as well buy a bit of development time before it made the device more widely available.
It is clear that the Gear is nowhere near the finished product. It might have some interesting and innovative features such as the apps and the camera, but I wonder if the Gear is really just a prototype to establish the market sector with the more finished device following next year.
Samsung might also look at the price too. Samsung, like Apple, is keen to lock consumers into sticking with its mobiles and if you buy a watch that works with a certain brand's phone then you are likely to stay with that brand when it comes to an upgrade. So maybe Samsung will reduce that rather aggressive $300 price too.
Here's why the smartwatch battle is so important to both Samsung and Apple.
It's been one of the tech industries worst kept secrets but at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung formally unveiled the Galaxy Gear smartwatch,
Connecting to to an Android smartphone via Bluetooth, it is around the size of a regular watch with a 1.63-inch AMOLED (320 x 320 pixels) touchscreen display and 1.9-megapixel 'Memographer' camera on the side of the device for capturing snaps with a tap.
Weighing a little under 75g, it provides much of the functionality of an Android device without needing to actually touch your phone. Core to the experience is the voice control, which will allow you to carry out all the usual functions like switching music on, making or receiving calls and sending messages, as well as operating apps. The device is also pre-loaded with Samsung specific apps, specifically targeting health and fitness fans with the inclusion of RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.
The Galaxy Gear also serves as a wristwatch and includes several face options that create the opportunity for users to personalise their watch face. It will come preloaded with 10 different clock options and more choices will be downloadable via Samsung Apps.
The Galaxy Gear experience can be further personalised by selecting from six colours that will be available at launch: Jet Black, Mocha Grey, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green (see picture gallery below).
Says Samsung Mobile CEO, JK Shin: "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.
"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 Samsung Galaxy Gear will be launched in more than 140 countries around the world from September 25th, 2013. Prices yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile Sony's rival Smartwatch 2 goes on sale later this month priced £149 (179 Euros), while Apple, Google and Microsoft - which this week acquired Nokia's mobile phone business - are among those rumoured to be working on similar devices.
A recent report by research analysts Canalys claims 500,000 smart watches will be sold this year, with that figure rising to 5 million in 2014. At IFA 2013, the Korean company also announced a new Galaxy Note 3 "phablet" and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to rival the iPad.
Article originally published on TechDigest here.
Big, big news, Samsung has confirmed that it will launch its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, on Sept. 4th at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. It will also unveil the latest incarnation of its top-end Phablet the Galaxy Note 3.
The date for the launch plus the details were given by Lee Young-hee, VP of Samsung's mobile business, to The Korea Times.
Yet how innovative will the watch be? For starters it will have no flexible display. Here's what Lee said.
"We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept. 4. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry."
Lee also added that the company has more wearable gadgets in the pipeline.
"We have intellectual properties for patents related to the next wearable devices. Those are concepts for future products," she added.
We will find out soon enough.
Images of what it might look like from T3 here.
Good news for high-end photographers who need to keep connected. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy NX, which it bills as the world's first 4G interchangeable lens Connected Compact System Camera (CSC), is about to go on sale in the UK.
The phone/camera hybrid will cost around £1299 from Jessops and Currys with selected online and high street retailers to follow.
The camera features integrated 4G/LTE tech which mean that the 20 MP images the user can take can be emailed/uploaded at speeds which should ensure that they don't take forever to reach their destination.
Features on the camera includ Photo Suggest which offers location-based recommendations of popular photography spots, and Story Album which allows you to view a timeline of shots and create digital photo books.
The camera comes with various lenses that can produce bright and detailed images, even in lowest lit conditions.
It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and is compatible with a host apps Android apps that can aid the photographer to edit images or add special effects.
It also boasts 30 Smart Mode options and offers Multi Exposure merges two different shots together to produce one image and Animated Photo which connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file.
Over the past few months we have seen lots of mock ups of what the Apple iWatch might look like, but as for the Samsung watch, well not so much. Stepping manfully into the breach is website www.vouchercodespro.co.uk who asked their patent and trademark insider to help them devise what the Samsung Smartwatch may look like.
We will have to take them at their word that they have done their home work, but we do know that Samsung has filed patents for the watch in both the US and South Korea.
The patent says the following, which admittedly isn't that much
"Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages. It would be used for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages and for keeping track of or managing personal information; smart phones; tablet computers; portable computers."
Samsung's Galaxy S 4 continues to be one of the fastest selling phones ever. And if you have bought one then you'll need one of these high-end-ish, luxury cases to protect your lovely new mobile.
The (accidental?!) reinvention of the Barbour brand from one that's forever associated with hunting, shooting, fishing brigade to one that even the coolest Shoreditch hipsters can wear is one of the most bizarre transformations of the past few years.
And if you can't quite get enough of quilted stuff then now you can give your gadgets the Barbour treatment courtesy of a deal with Proporta.
The pair have just launched a shed load of new accessories for all manner of gadgets ranging from the upcoming (it is tomorrow folks,) Samsung Galaxy S4 through to the Apple iPad 3.
Although quite a few of them are in classic quilted Barbour style, though there's tartan and tweedy stuff too. Prices start at £20 for an iPhone case through to £80 for the full on quilted experience for your tablet.
So you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and you have big plans to take it out and about with you this summer. Might be time then to invest in a serious case for your precious mobile - one that will keep it safe, dry and free from dust and other nasties.
Here then are nine of the best cases available
There were plenty of reported sightings of Samsung galaxy S4 cases before its launch last Thursday, but many were just mock-ups based mainly on conjecture than fact.
Now at last we know exactly what the S4 will look like and the deluge of cases and accessories has begun.
All the big names have been quick off the mark to produce cases and our selection ranges from budget number to a few luxury models that are creeping out.
Most will go one sale at the end of April when the S4 itself arrives
It is up there with the iPhone 5 as the most popular handset onthe planet - well until they launch the S4 anyhow.
So it is not suprising that there is a huge collection of high-end/luxury cases for the Samsung Galaxy SIII.
Here is our pick of the bunch. Prices start at around £40 and go up to very very expensive.
Over the last few days I have noticed that there are a growing number of cases on sale that are supposed to be for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Yep, that phone that is being kept under wraps and won't actually emerge until 11pm on Thursday night.
So can we take anything from the cases? Do their dimensions tell us anything about the dimensions and size of the phone itself?
Probably not. I think it is largely case makers hedging their bets. They know they will have Galaxy S4 cases available very soon and that also the S4 probably won't be too much of a departure in size from the S3.
Mobile Fun has been teasing us with the cases pictured above which show a more curvaceous design that many people have been expecting. They seem to have been removed from the website now, but they do show a very different design from the S3.
Tech Digest also noted the following.
Other small details are also revealed; there is a cut out for a headphone jack on the top, not bottom of the device; the loudspeaker looks set to sit on the lower left handside of the handsets rear; the power button appears to sit on the right hand side while the volume rocker sits on the left. Also, the camera flash now appears to be directly underneath the camera lens, shifting slightly from its positioning on the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Then here's another one from Snugg - which is being sold via Amazon - which has the speaker at the top of the phone. It looks basically like an S3 case which has been sneakily rebranded.
This this Galaxy S4 case is even more confusing.
Anyhow we will find out soon enough.
Yeah we know, a phone case for a Christmas present? Bit lame, right? Well not if you pick something from our list that doesn't just protect the new Samsung Galaxy SIII but looks awesome too.
We're reluctant to label a mobile phone case guide "for her", but don't worry, there's no diamante, pink fluff or Hello Kitty in sight...
For even more check out: Top 10 new Samsung Galaxy S3 cases and accessories