July 21st, 2015
The problem with smartwatches to date has been that the devices have to be tethered via Bluetooth to your smartphone. As a result, the usefulness is limited to folks who need a companion device so they don’t have to reach into their pocket.
Samsung is reportedly planning to change that condition. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company plans to launch a standalone smartwatch-meets-phone in the “next few months.”
According to the Journal, the watch will be able to make and take calls without a smartphone. The watch will also take photos, send email, include GPS and a heart monitor.
Every smartwatch out there today requires a smartphone and which device you choose depends on app variety in many ways.
What’s unclear is whether Samsung will be able to get the smartwatch/phone down in size enough to be palatable. Initially, I can’t help but picture a small smartphone with a wristband attached to it.
The device will also use Samsung’s Tizen operating system and take a SIM card.
There are a few major questions about this Samsung smartwatch, which is expected to be revealed in June or July. Among them:
How exactly will calls be made?
- What’s the battery life?
- What are the logistics to taking a photo?
- How will the data plans be sorted with existing contracts?
- And how big will the watch face have to be to support the new functionality?
- In any case, Samsung’s smartwatch could be a game changer if it can really work well without a smartphone. A Dick Tracy watch is a geek’s dream, but only if it actually converges and allows you to leave another gadget home.
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