Posts tagged with: Galaxy Gear
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    When I wear a timepiece on my wrist it's got to do something more than just tell the time. My daily tasks are almost identical and I easily lose track of the day of the week. (Those of you who don't have that problem don't know the struggle which those of us who do go through on a day to day basis.) Nonetheless, today's watches generally solve that problem, displaying not only the time, but the day of the week and the day of the month. Smartwatches, on the other hand, display much, much more than that - if you want them to. In addition to all that, I also get notifications from my apps, I ...

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    Ever since junior high school I've worn a smartwatch - whatever the definition of "smartwatch" was at the time. Whether it was a calculator watch with a calendar and contacts storage, or a watch with an altimeter, barometer, and moon phases, I tried to wear the latest tech on my wrist. Yeah, I'm a geek, but you already knew that. Most of those watches had plastic bands, but as I've gotten older I've gravitated to metal or leather bands. One of the first upgrades I performed on my LG G Watch was the installation of a black metal band. My Moto 360 came with an elegant leather band, but I ...

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    If you haven't used a smartwatch yet you're really missing out! These wearables are in no way supposed to replace your smartphone or tablet. Rather, wearables - smartwatches in particular - are designed to work with your smartphone so you can keep it in your pocket (or on the table or nightstand) rather than pulling it out to check whatever that last "ding", "bloop", or "bleep" was. In that respect, smartwatches are fulfilling their purpose very, very well. Pebble In the beginning there was Pebble, and it was good. It didn't try to take over your mobile experience - it simply augmented it. ...

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    What makes you choose one wearable over another? Phone compatibility? Price? Hardware design? Just like with smartphones themselves, there are a ton of criteria to keep in mind, and these being smart devices we're talking about, not the least of those is the variety of software the wearable is able to run. Some platforms are approaching the issue of apps from the phone side, like how Android Wear doesn't really offer apps that exist independently of your Android handset. Others, like Pebble, are more inclined to deliver apps that stand by themselves. Samsung's a little closer to the latter ...

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    Remember back in the days of Android Gingerbread when ambitious OEMs started pumping out Android-powered tablets in an attempt to compete with Apple's iPad? Google pulled out all the stops to get Android Honeycomb released, and even partnered with Motorola to create the XOOM to show us all how a tablet "should be made". Honeycomb didn't last that long, but prior to Honeycomb, Google's message to OEMs was very clear: don't make a tablet powered by Android just yet. In retrospect, it's obvious why Google wanted its partners to wait: Android wasn't ready for tablets back then. It took some ...

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    It seems that every time we hear about "augmented reality" (AR) it's from someone who has a new product they're trying to peddle, which usually takes the form of some hideous looking piece of headwear. Recently, however, consumers are turning to smartwatches rather than eyewear. This is evidenced by the number of available apps for Android Wear compared to Google Glass, especially considering the latter has been available for so much longer. That's what one company is banking on: an augmented reality smartwatch. According to most definitions, "augmented reality" is a technology that ...

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    Samsung's release of its Gear 2 models earlier this year didn't just signal that Samsung was crazy for wearables, not even waiting six months to launch its second-gen models, but marked a larger milestone: shifting a family that started off running Android over to Tizen. For while that first Galaxy Gear was Android at its core, the Gear 2 and its kin were powered by Samsung's pet OS. We've still yet to see Samsung push Tizen into a commercial phone, but the platform's spread from cameras to wearables sure does indicate that Samsung's moving forward with it. Today we witness the next step ...

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    Though many of us argue that Pebble tends to make better smartwatches than Samsung, the Korean company's marketing prowess is doing its thing again. Thanks to Samsung's incredible marketing of their smartwatches (by means of celebrity endorsement and otherwise), the company has reportedly sold 500,000 wrist-wearables in the first quarter of 2014. The half-million figure seems even larger when last year's numbers come into play -- over the course of the entire year, Samsung only sold about 1,000,000 smartwatches. This year, they are already on track to sell a handsome 2,000,000, though the ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    When talking with Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES, one thing he said stuck with me: Pebble's vision is not to replace smartphones, but to remain a peripheral. It's a controller or remote for your smartphone – nothing more, nothing less. The company prides itself in how simple and "out of the way" its wrist-mounted notification device is. Frankly, that's one of my favorite features of Pebble. I set it up and it just works, reliably … for days and days on a single charge. When I get a text message, Hangouts message, email, or social notification, Pebble buzzes and previews the ...

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