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Samsung Galaxy Gear pre-orders start at midnight for AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Gear pre-orders start at midnight for AT&T

This morning the folks at AT&T have announced that they'll be first on the block with Samsung Galaxy Gear pre-orders, this being the latest in Samsung's efforts to bring a smartwatch to the masses. Samsung begins its wearables journey (again) here with the Galaxy Gear in the United States on AT&T exclusively - though release schedules have suggested that this device will be hitting other carriers soon. And of course there's the fact that this device has no cellular radio that suggests it'll be appearing in more places than just mobile provider stores - AT&T just appears here first.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear “over-spec’d” argues Pebble smartwatch creator

Samsung Galaxy Gear “over-spec’d” argues Pebble smartwatch creator

Smartwatches like Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Sony's multiple attempts to break the wearables market are trying too hard and missing the point, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky says, arguing that simplicity is the right route to the wrist. "I think everyone is kind of ignoring the things that you need to do with a smartwatch" Kickstarter success Migicovsky said at TechCrunch Disrupt today. "It needs to mesh into your life, it needs to have a long battery life ... and it needs to just not, y'know, be annoying."

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Samsung Galaxy Gear is first of a smartwatch family

Samsung Galaxy Gear is first of a smartwatch family

Samsung intends the Galaxy Gear to be the first of a family of smartwatches, with the company aiming to release a range of models much as it has broadened its Galaxy smartphone line to cover multiple price points and sizes. The reception to the Galaxy Gear, announced at Samsung's pre-IFA Unpacked showcase earlier this week, has been mixed, with many questioning the premium pricing of the smartwatch - around $299.99 at launch - along with the actual value the wearable delivers. According to Samsung, however, there's not only a market for the Galaxy Gear among owners of big-screen phones like the Galaxy Note 3, but for a number of companion devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Google Glass

Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Google Glass

Samsung doesn't have a Google Glass rival, but it does have a new wearable, and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and there's no shortage of overlap between the two despite the obvious difference in form factors. Both make ample use of voice control, and both make compromises on the amount - and type - of data they show you in deference to the design and likely use-cases. We spent some time comparing Glass and Galaxy Gear to see how the two approaches shape up, and to get an early idea of whether we'll be strapping a wearable to our face, or to our wrist.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Gear hands-on

Samsung already dominates the Android smartphone market; now, the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch wants to own your wrist. A companion to the new Galaxy Note 3 - and, initially, the Note 3 only - with a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 Super AMOLED touchscreen, the Galaxy Gear squeezes a 1.9 megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording and macro mode, twin microphones with noise cancellation, and a speaker built into the adjustable clasp, into a chunky but solid watch form-factor. We caught up with Samsung ahead of the Galaxy Gear's IFA 2013 debut to find out more; read on for our first impressions.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear to be sleeker than leaked prototype smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear to be sleeker than leaked prototype smartwatch

Leaked prototype images of Samsung's Galaxy Gear are not representative of the final smartwatch design, new insiders claim, suggesting the South Korean company still has a surprise in store for its pre-IFA 2013 event this week. Images and details purportedly showing the Galaxy Gear - an Android-based wearable, expected to take a fitness slant - emerged earlier today, showing a bulky and potentially cumbersome design that led some to prematurely declare the project a dead-end. However, new rumors validate alternative suggestions that the prototype is not entirely comparable to what Samsung will announce, either in design or functionality.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has apparently leaked, just days ahead of the wearable's expected debut at Samsung's pre-IFA September 4 event. The bulky touchscreen smartwatch was unofficially shown off in prototype form to VentureBeat, along with details from an internal marketing video which describe the onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, roughly 3-inch OLED display, and a 4-megapixel camera integrated into the strap. Samsung apparently expects wearers to use that camera as a food-logging tool, taking snapshots of meals and then tagging them with type so as to build up a diet diary for heath purposes.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Made in America?

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch: Made in America?

There's word today that the upcoming smartwatch device set for a full reveal on the 4th of September from Samsung will be - perhaps only partially - made in the USA. This tidbit comes aside word that the device will be coming with "only" a 10 hour battery life. This has been suggested by the likes of AmongLife where they've got a full specifications sheet that matches - and could just has easily been copied from - earlier rumors. It's their source, though, that's of specific interest to us today.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch may demand Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch may demand Samsung phone

Samsung has spread its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in multiple versions and form-factors to developers ahead of the official launch expected on September 4 it's said, promising tight integration between timepiece and smartphone to make data consumption seamless, though may demand users opt for other Samsung hardware. The Galaxy Gear will rely on Samsung's own App Store rather than the general Google Play market, GigaOm reports, with a manager app on the phone used to install basic software to the roughly 1.1-inch OLED touchscreen smartwatch.

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