Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Samsung exec confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3 to be unveiled at IFA

Earlier speculation that Samsung would introduce both the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone (or phablet) and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at IFA on Sept. 4 has been confirmed by the company. Speaking with Korea Times on Tuesday (via Android Beat), Samsung marketing exec Lee Young-hee confirmed the announcements were coming.

Lee did not go into details on either device, meaning it's unclear if the Galaxy Gear will have its own cellular connection or will -- similar to other smartwatches -- connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth and simply display notifications or messages from that device.

She did confirm that the device will run Android. Lee said:
We will be introducing a new wearable concept device called Galaxy Gear at our own event in Berlin on Sept. 4.

The Gear won’t have a flexible display. The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways. It will lead a new trend in smart mobile communications. We are confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry.
While Samsung confirmed quite some time ago that it was creating a smartwatch, the word "concept" stands out among Lee's comments. It could mean that the Galaxy Gear will not be retail ready, and similar to concept cars, is a work-in-progress that may never make it to the market.

In terms of the Galaxy Note 3, Lee confirmed it would be unveiled at IFA, but offered little else in terms of details.

In an aside, she also made it clear that Samsung is not interested in acquiring Canada’s BlackBerry, which is known to be on the selling block. There has been speculation that Samsung might be interested in BlackBerry’s patent portfolio, as protection against Apple's legal war.

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