Tuesday, August 06, 2013

'Samsung Galaxy Gear' trademark filing hints at smartwatch

Although a number of electronics giants have been rumored to be working on a smartphone, Samsung stands alone as the sole manufacturer to confirm it. As reported on Tuesday, the company has filed for a U.S. trademark for "Samsung Galaxy Gear," and the details of the filing point straight to wearable computing.

The filing describes such "Gear" as follow:
Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages; wearable electronic handheld devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages and for keeping track of or managing personal information; smart phones; tablet computers; portable computers.
Of course, Samsung likes to put the Galaxy moniker on just about anything (think Galaxy Grand, Galaxy Grand Quattro, Galaxy Rush, and on and on). A trademark filing does not necessarily mean anything will reach retail, either.

However, Samsung has confirmed it's working on a smartwatch, so this is as good a bet as any. The company has also filed for the trademark Samsung Gear in South Korea.

Not only is Samsung known to be working on an iWatch, with rumors say Apple, Google, and Microsoft are, too.

There is speculation that -- in addition to the Galaxy Note 3 -- Samsung will unveil its smartwatch at IFA 2013 in Berlin on Sept. 4 or 5.

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