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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Samsung Gear Manager app screenshots leaked

The Samsung Gear smartwatch was recently made official and will be announced on September 4th at Samsung’s press conference. We still know pretty much nothing about the device, but thanks to evleaks, we suddenly have some more information.

These are screenshots of the Samsung Gear Manager app, and it demonstrates how to connect your new smartwatch. The connection is started through NFC but held through Bluetooth, and it asks you to “bring the mobile device and the charger together, back to back.” Does this mean that the charger will play a role in connecting the two devices? More likely (in my opinion), the instructions are badly worded and are referring to the back of the watch, which could house a wireless charging plate. This would make waterproofing the device much easier than a normal charging port.
After connecting the watch, you can set it up and it looks like you can download apps through Samsung Apps. There is also a “Find my watch” option, which is pretty dang cool as long as you are 30 feet or less from your watch (the range of Bluetooth).
It’s great to see a little bit of information leak out about the Samsung Gear, and with less than a week to go before the announcement, we’ll know everything very soon. However, a good amount of mystery really helps hype. Can Samsung successfully enter the smartwatch market? Will Google and Apple have something better up their sleeve? Stay tuned!


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