Posts tagged with: Galaxy Gear
  • by | March 26, 2014 11:39 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent deals announced for the first-generation Galaxy Gear. Then we talk about the HTC One (M8) and the possibility of a Windows Phone variant. HTC continues making headlines later as the company is now offering BlinkFeed and Zoe on the Google Play Store. Microsoft is next as the company has finalized Windows Phone 8.1 core and is preparing for its RTM launch soon. We end today's show talking about both Microsoft and Apple, as Microsoft Office is expected to reach the iPad tomorrow. All this and more after the break. Stories: - First-gen ...

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  • by | March 26, 2014 3:26 PM

    Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Gear a scant six months ago. That's it. In the time since, we've not only seen Samsung's second generation of smartwatches debut, but now this Android Wear news has totally shaken-up the market – we've come a long way in a very short time. While newer devices are already waiting for us, and the next big thing is perched on the horizon, the first Galaxy Gear is still a relatively recent, quite capable smartwatch that may not be worth dismissing altogether just yet. If you've been curious about smartwatches and have just been waiting for a decent ...

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  • by | March 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    The wearable space has greatly matured since this time last year. Pebble, for one, grew from the gauche, all-plastic smartwatch behind the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, to a finely machined luxury watch made of marine grade stainless steel with a blossoming ecosystem of applications and a dedicated development community and fan base. But that's hardly the only wearables development of the past year. The idea of wearables and, more specifically, smartwatches became more mainstream; Google Glass started spreading about the tech space; Google purchased WIMM Labs; Sony ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 3:34 PM

    Anton D. Nagy chasing a taxi on foot. Jaime Rivera almost burning down a building with a power strip. A Honduran drinking palinca and a Romanian doing a Mexican accent. The tales from our leather-clad Barcelona duo are intense - but their intensity is matched by the hot mobile news that burst forth from this week's Mobile World Congress, the most epic in recent memory. To wit, that news includes an MWC 2014 Samsung Unpacked event that gave the world the latest Galaxy; a Sony unveiling of similar proportions that built on the Xperia legacy; a press conference that saw the world's first ...

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  • by | February 27, 2014 7:26 AM

    Wearables, especially smartwatches, are the next "big thing" in mobile technology. Exactly what they should do is still being discovered through iterative trial and error. Currently we have the Pebble 1.0 and Pebble 2.0 (referring to the firmware on the watch itself, and not to be confused with Pebble and Pebble Steel) and the Galaxy Gear. There are a few other more minor players, but already we're seeing the proverbial floodgates open -- and it's not necessarily a good thing. Don't get me wrong, choice is good. Competition is great. Learning from one's own mistakes is valuable, and ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 10:36 AM

    Forty-four videos and untold news stories later, MWC 2014 is finally on the cusp of winding down - but there's still more to "unpack" from Monday's Samsung event. After yesterday's editorials on the ups and downs of the company's recent moves with its flagship smartphone, today's agenda starts with something much smaller: the Gear Fit, and how it might save Samsung from smart watch mediocrity. First some background: I was standing outside the entrance to Samsung's Galaxy Studio in New York City on Monday, waiting to be let in for the Unpacked press event, when a familiar person sighted me ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 11:29 PM

    When a company churns out its first smart watch after less than a year's development, then follows it up with a sequel less than six months later, there's something funky going on. So what does it mean when a company releases not one, but two sequels to its half-baked initial offering, announcing them alongside a funky fitness bracelet and the headlining Android smartphone for 2014? It says the company is determined to make a meaningful splash in the wearables space before its competitors get the chance, and it's taking a typical Samsung approach to getting there. To be sure, the Gear 2 ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 7:33 PM

    MWC 2014 is already upon us, with Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera hitting the ground in Barcelona just as this podcast goes under the mic, and we're here to bring you mobile mavens all the pre-show rumor and speculation that you've come to expect. But there's also plenty of news of the non-Mobile World Congress variety, from the endless leaks focusing on the "All-New HTC One" to speculation surrounding the Galaxy S 5 launch date - and we'll be spending plenty of time on that, too. Plus, Taylor Martin has finally spent enough time with his suitcase-coddled Lumia Icon to develop some ...

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  • by | February 15, 2014 4:15 PM

    Our apology for the late upload due to technical difficulties. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Best Buy's insane price-drop of 50% off the Samsung Galaxy Gear, aside from other AT&T's deals. We then talk about the new iBeacon deployment at two MLB stadiums for a game in March. Apple and Samsung follow the news as both company's CEOs met last week to discuss patents. Then we talk about Samsung and its new patent that plans to bring signature unlocks on the Galaxy Note line-up. We end today's show talking about Microsoft Office for iPad, and the possible launch coming ...

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  • by | February 14, 2014 11:23 AM

    A little earlier this month we caught wind of some pricing shake-up hitting Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch internationally, bringing prices down by $100 or more. Granted, some of those prices were initially starting higher than the $300 the watch went for in the States, but we were still hopeful that similar discounts might find their way to the US. Today we see something along just those lines, as AT&T and Best Buy each offer some big savings on Samsung's Android smartwatch. The Best Buy deal offers the most savings: right now, the $300 Galaxy Gear sees its price slashed in half, ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    As I sit here writing this article, my Pebble smartwatch is on my wrist and my mind is racing back to my time with the Galaxy Gear -- and finally getting it to "work" with my Nexus 5. I love my Pebble. It's a watch that does so much more than a standard wristwatch, and helps keep my smartphone in my pocket, rather than in and out, over and over when I check notifications. Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a different breed of smartwatch. In addition to doing most of what Pebble does, it also serves as your phone's handset, lets you snap short videos, and more. Unfortunately, it's only "compatible" ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    The Galaxy Gear is a really interesting and fun wearable, but it only works with a select few devices. Only a couple of Samsung phones and phablets are currently supported, but what if you've got another phone? In general, you're out of luck, but thanks to some tinkering by some pretty talented folks, if you've got a Nexus 5 and a bit of patience, you might just able to use your Galaxy Gear with the Nexus 5. This work-around (dare we call it a "hack"?) has been around for a few weeks, but we couldn't get it working. We weren't alone. Now, however, two of the files needed have been ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 4:39 PM

    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has a lot going for it, but two major obstacles have been responsible for really holding it back: its very limited smartphone compatibility, and its quite lofty price tag. We already find ourselves looking forward to the next big thing, anticipating a second-gen Galaxy Gear to launch early this year (and possibly alongside the Galaxy S 5), but that doesn't mean that the original smartwatch can't still offer a whole lot of functionality. Of course, with this new watch just over the horizon, Samsung's going to have to take steps to keep the older model ...

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  • by | January 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    Love or hate them, smartwatches are a growing thing. Many of us here at Pocketnow have or will soon own a Pebble, and Michael Fisher also has a soft spot for the Galaxy Gear. And Joe and I share similar theories on the future of smartwatches, wearables, and the personal area network. But it's not just us those of us who are obsessed with technology either. As new generations of devices have come out and they become more visible to the general public, they have grown in popularity. For instance, while sitting in a coffee shop writing last week, I saw two random customers wearing Pebble. A ...

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