The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy S Band are two wearable devices that the South Korean electronics giant could unveil during Mobile World Congress 2014 on February 24 to 27 in Barcelona, Spain. The report comes from Korea Herald, which also says that Samsung’s Tizen smartphone will be revealed during the same event.
The publication cites industry watchers as its sources, including IBK Securities analyst Lee Seung-woo and an anonymous insider.
Still, there are some who say that Samsung may choose to reveal these two devices at an Unpacked event, where the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy S Band may be given more attention. The original Galaxy Gear, it would be noted, was released last September.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2
The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is the successor to this year’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Rumors that Samsung was already working on the sequel surfaced as early as September, with speculations that the manufacturer would be looking to address the issues of the first-generation smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear, it may be recalled, was criticized for having a poor battery life, few features, lack of compatibility with more devices, and a hefty price tag. Rumors regarding the refreshed version are still scant at this point, although there is information regarding a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display on the Galaxy Gear 2
Samsung Galaxy S Band
The Samsung Galaxy S Band, on the other hand, is a health wristband that may be paired with the Galaxy S4 smartphone. Among the data that it records are one’s steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep efficiency. The waterproof bracelet works with an app called S Health 2.0 to manage the collected information.
Samsung’s upcoming releases of the two wearable technologies will allow it to assume a better position against its rival, LG. LG, it is believed, is also gearing up to release its own smartwatch and health wristband called G Arch and G Health. Korean media likewise reports that these devices may be unveiled during Mobile World Congress, as well, allowing consumers to compare the offerings from the two companies more easily.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Samsung’s Tizen smartphone is bound for the Mobile World Congress event. Tizen has already sent out invitations earlier this month for an unveiling one day before the actual congress begins.
source korea herald