Samsung Electronics has introduced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, pitching it as a companion device that combines smart device connectivity with tailored technological features and stylish design.

“We are constantly listening to our customers and what our consumers want is their daily lives to be easier and more enjoyable,” says George Ferreira, vice-president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics Africa.
“This commitment to our customers is once again reflected in our ongoing smart device innovation leadership and our new wearable device, the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

“Samsung’s Galaxy Gear benefits consumers by integrating smart device technology even deeper into their everyday lives, and bridges the gap between the mobile device and fashion worlds to create truly wearable technology.

“It frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections and provides what we call ‘smart freedom,’ by allowing consumers to choose how, why, when and where they are connected.”

Samsung Galaxy Gear lets users stay connected to their Samsung Galaxy devices. It notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, e-mails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages and creates the opportunity for users to accept or discreetly ignore those messages.

When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can pick up their Samsung Galaxy device and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.

The built-in speaker allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear, maintaining connections to their mobile communications without disrupting their daily routines.

For example, a user leaving the grocery store, whose hands are full with shopping bags, could still make a call by speaking into the Galaxy Gear without touching the screen. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the Galaxy Gear with S Voice.

“In addition to enabling smart device controls, Samsung GALAXY Gear introduces several features that help users easily capture life’s meaningful moments which otherwise might be missed,” adds Craige Fleischer, director of mobile communications at Samsung Electronics SA.

“With the Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera, users who are on the move or participating in physical activities can record both photos and video to create quick, visual records of important information or events from their daily lives, as well as share them on their social networks.

“Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets users capture important thoughts or conversations from their wrists and save those voice recordings into texts on their Samsung Galaxy devices.”

Users can personalise their Galaxy Gear by selecting from six colours available at launch: Jet Black; Mocha Gray; Wild Orange; Oatmeal Beige; Rose Gold; and Lime Green.