Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.
Samsung certainly had a busy day with a some really nice hardware announcements, but we shouldn’t forget about the accessories.
Samsung announced a partnership with Montblanc for custom styluses. They will offer both the Pix and e-StarWalker, which resemble the classic pen they have offered for years. They aren’t referring to them as S Pens, but instead, “digital writing devices.” They also offer swappable nubs that mimic different pen nibs.
In addition to the styluses, they are going to offer two different leather flip covers.
Last year, Sony unveiled their “lens cameras,” a unique camera that attached to a smartphone to snap photos. Today at IFA, Sony unveiled the follow ups to last year’s models.
The first model, the QX30, works very similarly to the QX10 and QX100 from last year. It attaches to the back of a smartphone and has its own microSD card slot and rechargeable battery. Photos can be saved to the lens or instantly moved to the smartphone via WiFi Direct, and the companion app for using the accessory has been updated with the launch of the news lenses. The QX30 offers a 30x zoom and burst shots of up to 10 fps, which is significantly better than what you’ll find on any smartphone. The QX30 will run $350 and should be available in September.
Samsung showcased its latest smartwatch today, which comes with the ability to make calls and send messages on its own, thanks to its 3G capabilities. The device will be running Tizen instead of Android wear, and features a more elegant design than Samsung’s previous wearables. Check out the video and gallery after the break for more information.
Sony is no stranger to the wearables or smartwatch market having already released smartwatches over the past few years. However, with their newest device, the SmartWatch 3, Sony is shifting gears and getting on the Android Wear bandwagon. Designed specifically to work with Google’s Android Wear platform, the SmartWatch 3 comes with a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 TFT LCD screen with 4 GB of memory built-in. Sony also included a built-in microphone, an accelerometer, a compass, a gyro and a GPS sensor. The device is also capable of making a Bluetooth connection with accessories like earphones and of course, a smartphone.
Samsung announced the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality device today, the result of a collaboration with Oculus. The Gear VR will only be available to a small group of consumers though – the ones who grab a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. That is because the Galaxy Note 4 is the only device the Gear VR will work with. The Galaxy Note 4 is placed within the Gear VR case and serves as the screen viewed by the user.
Logitech has released a new keyboard, the Logitech K480, that is large enough to handle a pair of devices at the same time if they are small enough. A 5-inch handset and an 8-inch tablet should work if you need to look at both screens at the same time. The keyboard uses a slot for the devices to sit in at an upright position. Logitech says the keyboard will be available in black or white later this month in the US and Europe for a retail price of approximately $50.
Do you think Logitech will be successful with this device?
Sony’s new QX1 lens-style camera has leaked in some pictures released today. The QX1 will have an E-Mount attachment and use the Exmor APC-S sensor. We can also expect a pop-up flash based on the pics. Included in the pictures of the lens are a few of the Z3, which is due to be revealed to the world this week.
Samsung’s love affair with bling continues with the recently announced Gear S. The Gear S in itself isn’t affected, it’s the strap. The strap will be made completely with Crystal Fine Mesh, which is being introduced this month. Samsung feels these Swarovski cut crystals “perfectly complement the chic, curved design of the Gear S.”
I think it makes the most sense for the “Swarovski for Samsung” collection to include the Gear S since watches are more of a fashion statement than smartphones. No word on price, but I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap though. If you find it’s your thing, you will be able to find the new strap at the Samsung online store and at experience stores starting in October.
source: Samsung Tomorrow