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Sony and Samsung are fighting for your wrist

28 February 2014 / 15:02:58  GRReporter
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The fight for your wrist

Wearable devices naturally were among the main themes of the Mobile World Congress. There were specific presentations, there were a few announcements about upcoming products and there were grounds for rumours.

Samsung introduced not one, not two, but three wearable devices. In particular, these were two smart watches and one bracelet for fitness maniacs. Unlike last year's proposal, Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo use Tizen, the operating system that Samsung has been intensively developing in recent years, instead of Android. The existing improvements are expected but not revolutionary. Samsung will win more users with the cheaper version of its watch Gear 2 Neo.

They feature 1.63-inch touch screens, support 320x320 pixels resolution and they are powered by fast dual-core 1GHz processors. The built-in data capacity is 4GB and the memory reaches 4GB, the camera of Galaxy Gear 2 has 2-megapixel resolution. Samsung has confirmed that it will launch these products in April, but we do not yet know their sales price in Europe.

Samsung Gear Fit - a smart bracelet with curved display... for fitness maniacs

This year, Samsung focused on applications and sensors connected to health. Its marketing department has done its homework, which probably says that the average user of the expensive Samsung series is actively engaged in sports. The bracelet attracts the interest with its curved display and a weight of only 27 grams. The funny thing is the layout of the information. It is displayed at an angle on the screen when using the bracelet as a watch, which is due to its shape.  

Google smart watch

For now these are just rumours but it is logical for the giant to develop a watch, as it did with Google Glass. The watch has a simple and unobtrusive design and, at least in combination with the built-in strap, it looks more like a sports watch. The device has a square screen and a standard set of Android buttons, which suggests that this is probably an old prototype. In view of all the smart watches on the market we would not assume that Google would take a risk with such an outdated concept.

According to some sources, the picture shows a Google smart watch developed a few months ago, when the company still owned Motorola, which will probably produce the final device.

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