The smart watch, new extension of the Smartphone?
The Samsung Galaxy Gear was released on 25 September, and the SmartWatch 2 Sony, postponed, should follow shortly. These new connected watches do not display their many features-notifications, call management or even pedometer-by chance. They have a mission: become the second screen of your Smartphone.
The smart watch, extension of the Smartphone
In practice, a “SmartWatch” is used as an extension of your Smartphone, when you can’t or don’t want to use. On the touchscreens of Galaxy Gear and the SmartWatch 2 (respectively 1.6 and 1.9 inches), you can view your messages, emails, but also your Twitter, Facebook, your calendar accounts, or even your call history. A slight vibration signals each new notification.
If the Galaxy Gear has a built-in mic, it will take a Bluetooth headset to the SmartWatch 2 for calls management function to be meaningful. You can then answer the phone from your watch, without having to get out your Smartphone. Practice in public transit! Watches from Samsung and Sony can also reject calls, or cut the vibrator to let ring without disturbing your neighbors.
Offline, too, they offer some nice features: in addition to the time display and the digital alarm, the Smartwatch 2 fact accent lamp. Above all, they download your emails, allowing you to consult (in their entirety but without the attachments, which is not the case for all “smartwatches”) even when they are not connected to your Smartphone.
Partner of all Android devices?
Then it becomes a little bit more complicated. The SmartWatch 2 synchronizes with Android devices. So forget the Smartphones and tablets running on iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Synchronization is done by NFC for recent models, but it’s a Bluetooth connection that allows the watch and mobile communication.
Galaxy Gear, on the other hand, is currently compatible only with the Smartphone Galaxy Note 3 but should soon will also pair with the Samsung S3 and S4 Galaxy, when the Android 4.3 update will be available for these terminals.
In fact, the Galaxy Gear cannot synchronize with a Tablet, unlike the SmartWatch 2. The smartwatch Sony offers the same services as with a Smartphone (outside of call management, of course). She pilot your music player, or control the shutter of the camera. The Spy kids can rest assured however, Galaxy Gear compensates for this lack by a rather fun gadget: it includes a camera that allows him to achieve very short video.
Use of apps for the pro?
If a semiprofessional use is already emerging for Smart Watches, it will probably take their storage capacities increase to benefit the most of the possibilities of applications as for example ‘Presentation Pal”for Smart Watch 2, that allows to navigate between”slides”from your presentation of a simple contact with the watch.
In this field, Samsung took a little ahead by announcing a version optimized EverNote for the launch of the Galaxy Gear. But Sony is not to be left behind: in addition to the 10 preinstalled applications, in all 200 mini-applications will accompany his SmartWatch 2, all available on the Google Store. A more open than that taken by Samsung that will distribute its mini-applications via a dedicated platform.
Aesthetics and price
Aesthetic question, the bracelet of the SmartWatch 2 can be replaced by any bracelet watch of the same size. Galaxy Gear does not offer this option, because its onboard camera is located precisely in his bracelet. To overcome this lack of customization, Samsung declines her in five colors: black, white, grey, pink, orange and yellow.
If the SmartWatch 2 is announced with a range of three to four days in regular use and is supported by standard micro-USB port, the Galaxy Gear however cannot count on 25 hours, or a day in common use.
Their prices also differentiate them: the coolest smartwatches will be sold € 199, while the Galaxy Gear is announced to €299.
The future connected watch of Apple and Google
And if their competitors, the Pebble launched through Kick starter and the Meta Watch of the elders of the Fossil brand, are struggling to attract the general public, the war of the “Smart Watches” is announced.
At Apple, no official announcement has yet been granted, but many leaks tend to indicate an output for next year: the brand has trademarked the name “iWatch” in several countries, hired new engineers and we are talking about a new version of iOS able to synchronize terminals already existing on this new product.
On the side of Google, a patent of “Smart Watch” with a “double folding screen” and a “tactile user interface” filed… from 2011!
So according to you, the smart watches they settle to extend the functionality of Smart phones or will they replace them?
-The site of the first version of the Smart Watch of Sony
-The Samsung website and the page dedicated to the duo Galaxy Gear + Galaxy Note 3
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