Samsung essentially confirms round screen for next smartwatch

For a company that released as many smartwatches as it did in 2014, Samsung has seriously slowed things down for 2015. For months now we’ve been expecting the company to launch its next-gen model, but the early year expo season has passed without the hardware arriving. Rumors have suggested that this next smartwatch, possibly in development as the Gear A, could represent a significant departure from past Samsung designs, ditching a rectangular display in favor of a circular screen. And while so far that’s been the subject of rumor and speculation, it’s now looking all but confirmed, as Samsung announces a new SDK being released in advance of its next smartwatch, one that adds support for -you guessed it- circular displays.

The SDK teaser image up top helps make this point abundantly clear, and while it doesn’t give us a ton of insight into how or when the Gear A will launch (unless we start clutching at straws – could that 11am time mean something like May 11?), it does help establish that the biggest component of those Gear A rumors is likely right on the money.

Last we heard, besides having a circular display, Gear A could also offer cellular connectivity, available both as a WiFi/Bluetooth model and one with a dedicated cellular radio – the latter just like last year’s Gear S.

Source: Samsung
Via: Android Central

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