Samsung ready with ‘smartwatch’

SMARTPHONES. Reports have surfaced about plans for smartwatches from tech giants, with launches possible later this year. Photo from AFP

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics will unveil its new Galaxy Gear “smartwatch” early next month, ahead of Apple’s iWatch, Bloomberg news and a fan site said. The Galaxy Gear, which will allow users to make calls, access email and even surf the Internet, will launch on September 4. Bloomberg said the first version of the smart watch would not have a flexible screen. Wearable computing, including Google’s Glass eyewear, is considered as the next frontier in consumer electronics following smartphones.

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