Samsung Galaxy Gear has been in news for all wrong reasons, ever since it was announced. Looks like, Samsung isn’t ready to give up on smartwatches yet though. We know that an improved version of the Gear is already on its way. Now, Techradar reports that the new smartwatch would be branded as the Galaxy Band and would focus on fitness.
This means, the new Galaxy smartwatch would target people with a sporty streak. Though the Galaxy Band is likely to be a successor to the Gear, it is said to be completely new product. According to the report, the Galaxy Band is expected to be loaded with sensors for capturing data on motion, pressure and temperature, things that are essential for fitness trackers. The device will connect with Samsung Galaxy devices (and presumably other phones) via Bluetooth LE.
Will Samsung ditch the Gear's bulky exterior for a smaller bracelet?
Samsung will possibly introduce the fitness band at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona in February. Galaxy Club reveals that the company has a patent published for the wristband. It is expected to come with a flexible display and could be called the Galaxy Band. The patent doesn’t show a camera or mic, leaving it with just a display for notifications and fitness monitor.
In September, Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear in India for Rs 22,990. Functionality was limited at launch but it is now capable of showing users notifications from all apps on their phone. It also lets you access some features of your smartphone, without the need to pull it out of your pocket. Check out our initial impressions of the Gear for more information on how it works.