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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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Galaxy Gear’s Snapchat Micro amongst 70 smartwatch apps launching this month

Galaxy Gear’s Snapchat Micro amongst 70 smartwatch apps launching this month

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is set for release this summer, and with it a collection of apps like Snapchat Micro. The team behind Snapchat have announced at Techcrunch Disrupt that they will be amongst the 70 apps claimed to be prepared for the Galaxy Gear at its launch. This app is currently being called "an experiment" by Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, suggesting that this is only the newest in a line of ways the company is seeking to "reduce the time between our experience of a moment and our ability to share it."

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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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Verizon Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear pricing leaked

Verizon Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear pricing leaked

Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, who have practically already shown their hand regarding Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, Verizon has relatively been silent regarding its pricing plans. But a leaked internal document might just give us a clue as to what Big Red has in store for its customers waiting to get their hands on the devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch take over Times Square

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch take over Times Square

This week the folks at Samsung created a spectacle of themselves for the likes of their new device duo: the Galaxy Note 3 and the smartwatch known as Samsung Galaxy Gear. They did this both in Berlin and in New York City, with a press event for IFA 2013 and a veritable party in the streets in Times Square. While the press were invited to have a peek at the products in Germany, members of the public were ushered in to see the devices in the USA.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear get broad US carrier support

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear get broad US carrier support

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have managed a full gamut of the five top US carriers, further ramping up the pressure on Android rivals like HTC and LG. The new Note 3 "phablet", announced today at Samsung's pre-IFA "Unpacked 2013" event, ramps up the screen size to 5.7-inches and introduces not only new S Pen stylus functionality but a companion wearable in the shape of the Galaxy Gear watch. While reaction to the Gear has been mixed, that hasn't stopped the networks from jumping onboard.

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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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