It is not actually a secret that the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch wasn’t as big hit as it was expected. The device indeed offered a tad more functions than its competition, but something was missing. One of the major complaints was that the wearable was compatible with a limited number of smartphones. Unless you were an owner of the Galaxy Note 3, which initially was the only phone that could be paired with the Galaxy Gear, the device could serve you as just a fancy watch. And pretty expensive watch, we must add, since at launch the Galaxy Gear was priced at $299.99.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Band
Even Samsung itself admitted that the Galaxy Gear lacked a little here and there, implying that there would be a follow-up. As the Korean Herald reports, the successor known simply as Galaxy Gear 2 might be unveiled at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. That would not be such a surprise, since Samsung is famous for announcing new devices at MWC shows. Not much is known about the Galaxy Gear 2 at the moment. Some sources mention curved OLED screen, but other specs remain a mystery. With the MWC being just a few weeks away, we should expect new details to start popping up soon.
The same report suggests that Samsung is working on another wearable that could be introduced along with the Galaxy Gear 2. The wearable in question is known as the Galaxy Band and is said to be an exercise accessory. It looks like the Galaxy Band will feature a bunch of sensors for monitoring heart rate and blood pressure and possibly other vitals. The data would be used to provide instant feedback on the efficacy of a workout. Most likely the Galaxy Band will work with the S Health app.
sources: Korean Herald