Samsung Smartwatch Leak Suggests It'll Be a Dashboard for Your Phone

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The frequently reliable Ev_Leaks Twitter account just posted a pair of screenshots that give us a peek at the setup app for Samsung Galaxy Gear, which Samsung is set to announce on September 4th. If these Gear Manager shots are real, the smartwatch will likely rely heavily on your phone do anything.


If we believe the shots, they confirm that Galaxy Gear will come with NFC and Bluetooth, which the smartwatch will use for easy pairing with your phone or tablet. (You can connect manually as well.) Once paired, it looks as if you'll use the phone to configure most everything that the watch will be doing—from setting the display time to tinkering with whatever apps the smartwatch supports. This leads us to believe that you won't be interacting too much with the watch itself—it'll be mostly a way to access information from your phone. That would make sense, given that Galaxy Gear is likely to have limited screen real estate.

What will the apps behind those tantalizing menu items actually do? Well that all depends what other instruments the hardware has on board. The Find My Watch app would seem to indicate that at the very least it'll have GPS. Find My Watch made us chuckle. As if we need another gadget to lose at the bar. [Twitter]


Andrew K

I know we haven't heard much of anything about the Samsung Smartwatch, but honestly, I'm more excited for the Sony Smartwatch 2, even though I own a Galaxy S4.

Anyone else feel as if the Samsung watch will be limited if used with a non-Samsung phone? This is half the reason I feel no excitement for the Samsung watch, as I plan to switch over to the Moto X once my T-Mobile Jump plan goes into effect in a few months.