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Wearable Galaxy Note 3 Accessory Pegged for IFA Reveal

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In addition to announcing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013 on September 4th, Samsung will reportedly show off a wearable Galaxy Note 3 accessory — the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

We already know Samsung is planning a Samsung Mobile Unpacked Episode 2 event for September 4th, where it will take the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 3, which we expect will come with a larger display, tweaked design and Android 4.3 on board.

With a larger display, it makes sense for Samsung to also unveil a small wearable Galaxy Note 3 accessory that puts a small screen on your wrist.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch could be a perfect pair this fall.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Watch could be a perfect pair this fall.

According to SamMobile the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is “confirmed” for the Unpacked Episode 2 announcement, where it will appear on stage with the Galaxy Note 3.

The Samsung Gear smartwatch may include a small flexible display that would allow the watch to use a decent size display without adding tons of bulk to a wrist. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch would likely use Bluetooth Low Power to connect to the Galaxy Note 3 and to other Android devices. Bluetooth LE is a standard feature in Android 4.3, and Samsung already supports it on some devices ahead of the Android 4.3 update.

Read: Galaxy Note 3 and Smartwatch To Be a Perfect Pair in September

With a constant connection the Galaxy Gear could easily put notifications from apps, texts and phone calls on your wrist, A Samsung patent shows a watch band that may include a microphone and speaker, which could deliver a Dick Tracy like wrist-phone feature. Hopefully users could also plug headphones in to listen to music and take calls on the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Patent filing shows a sketch that could be part of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Patent filing shows a sketch that could be part of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

 

As smartphone sizes grow dramatically to 5-inches on the Galaxy S4 and approaching six inches on the Galaxy Note 3, a small wearable display is a perfect accessory. As part of the Galaxy line of devices, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch could be a perfect Galaxy Note 3 accessory.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date: What to Expect

The Galaxy Gear could bring notifications, maps and other information to your wrist without the need to pull a large smartphone out of a pocket or a purse.

After using a smart watch for a month or two in 2012, the appeal of a connected smartwatch was clear, but the implementation needed work. The video below shows 5 ways a smartwatch can change the way you use a smartphone.

This early smartwatch brought text messages, weather, news feeds, phone call notifications, a calendar and even a Starbucks app to pay for coffee to a user’s wrist. Nearly two years later we could be in for a more elegant design and enhanced usability.

There are only a few details about a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but it is likely that Samsung will position it as a perfect Galaxy Note 3 accessory, and a great accessory for any other smartphone.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

1 Comment

  1. Marc Lee

    08/14/2013 at 8:26 am

    “Video below”… WHAT VIDEO BELOW???

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