Samsung to launch a phone-enabled Gear smartwatch
Samsung is reportedly working on a new Gear smartwatch that won't need to connect to a phone to make calls. The Korea Herald reports that the firm is in talks with SK Telecom about making a proper watch phone.
It's said to be a variant of the Gear 2 that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress last month.
Those close to the matter say the watch will feature a USIM, and will only be available in Korea for a while. However, they didn't rule out a launch in other markets.
This has echoes of the LG Watchphone, which launched in 2009. It was a novel idea, but failed to take off because of its high price and limited functionality.
Samsung's latest techy timepieces use the Tizen OS, instead of Android, signalling a break with Google operating system. Samsung's smartphones – like the Galaxy S5 – still run Android, but the South Korean company is looking to forge its own path away from Google.
On Monday, Samsung released the software development kit for the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, so developers can start making apps for them.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are expected to go on sale later this month.
Source Korea Herald