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New Reports Say Samsung Galaxy Gear Won’t Make Calls On Its Own

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As the Samsung Berlin IFA event gets closer and closer, we hear more and more about what we might see when they finally step on stage. Rumors make the Galaxy Gear smartwatch almost a lock to be shown on September 4, but we have heard bits and pieces about how it will work with your phone. Today, The Verge got new information on the Galaxy Gear which goes into a bit more detail.

What would a smartwatch be if it didn’t work with your phone? The Galaxy Gear will have functionality with smartphones, but it won’t be a phone itself as was previously reported. Sources say that “it works with phones” but “the watch is not a phone.” This information refutes an earlier report from Bloomberg saying that the Gear would be able to make calls. Tasks like reading text messages and other notifications are sure to be included, but don’t expect to be calling anyone and talking into the watch on your wrist with this device without a phone nearby.

Is this a deal breaker for you? What will it take to get you to buy Samsung’s smartwatch?

Via: The Verge

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  • I took delivery of my Gear on launch day but I’m extremely disappointed with it. I can get it to start a call, it will even transfer the call to my Bluetooth headset but it won’t end calls placed to landlines. If when calling a mobile the other party hangs up the call is dropped. If however I call a landline through my Galaxy Gear and the other end hangs up the call doesn’t get dropped. You are then not able to cancel the call from your Gear. You have to go fishing for your phone to cancel the call. I’m extremely disappointed by this and for me this is a real flaw in its design. Not much point in making a call from your watch if you need the phone to cancel it.

  • Lisa Rose

    The Neptune Pine does not have to tether to a phone, it stands alone and does everything for $335. Voice command, video, and 5 megapixel camera too. I’m going with the Pine then.

  • Pak KucinG

    hehehe thats a relief… I was afraid my old but trusty samsung S9110 watchphone would be out of commission.. but now that galaxy gear confirmed NOT A WATCHPHONE but rather an acessory to smartphone… this makes my samsung s9110 watchphone still in a class of its own

  • JoYu

    It’s not 1080p?!?! This is 2013! /s

  • rutgersjaffo

    I loved this until I saw it. Without the wrap-around screen, it may as well be a 1985 calculator watch on the wrist. Gross.

  • yankeesusa

    Why would it make call on its own? I wouldn’t want this to be my phone anyway. As long as it integrates with my note 2 or possible note 3 I’m cool with that.

  • Frank

    What if I just strap a bluetooth hands free speaker to my wrist?

    • Jonathan Williams

      I saw one for $60 at CVS.

      • Frank

        Gotta be cheaper than the watch right? Plus I’ll look so cool.

  • ~dArK.AnGeL

    Coming from Sony’s Smartwatch, am sure Samsung will be an improvement either way…
    .. I really hope Google will beat them in design though…. either way,,, Cant wait.

  • Chris Amaya

    People thought that the watch would be able to make phone calls?

  • Jorge

    I can’t wait for Motorola’s take on this. Coupled with Active Display, a Moto-Watch would probably sell like hotcakes.

    • Dan Churco

      Motorola already has a watch… The MOTOACTV. It did not sell well enough for them to care about it, and have pretty much let the userbase to flounder while Google Figures out what they want to do.

  • joejoe5709

    No big deal. I don’t want a phone watch. I want a companion to my phone. BLE connection will be fine.

  • TSY87

    I was never under the impression the smart watch would be a phone on it’s own…

  • SkylaC90

    awesome, I don’t want a 2 inch phone I want a smart watch, so this is definitely a plus not minus for me

  • RaptorOO7

    So what! I don’t need my watch to be a phone, I’m not Dick Tracy and this isn’t a comic book. Your watch as a phone, the battery wouldn’t last an hour. Connectivity to process information, initiate, answer, end calls, get txt msg’s emails,etc. that works for me. The question is will it be as nice as these concept designs that are NOT from Samsung.

  • Ray Gray

    Im guessing this should be under $250?

  • sk3litor

    If it doesn’t make calls than its like every other smart watch. Still waiting for the hot watch

  • n900mixalot

    I don’t need it to. I would, however, like to have voice-input though for use with Google Now, or S-Voice. Either one.

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    • master94

      that and a front facing camera would be awesome. Imagine Google hangout from a watch. James bond style

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  • Godzilla

    That’s fine

  • Droid Ronin

    Bummer…I was hoping to talk to my watch phone a la Dick Tracy style.

    • MrMLK

      You still might be able to talk to your watch, its just that your watch will have to talk to your phone. Just tell yourself that DT probably had a phone in his pocket too.

    • dmagicp

      There are actually a few watches that have cell radios in them for sale on Amazon right now, but the reviews are mixed. I believe they are compatible with AT&T and t-mobile.

  • MrMLK

    I like it better as an add-on to a phone, rather then as an actual phone. I don’t need or want to have two phone lines.

    • n900mixalot

      Right, and it keeps price down not to have a mobile data/voice radio in it.

      • T4rd

        Not to mention battery life. I couldn’t imagine how bad a cell radio would murder a watch battery, lol. BT 4.0 with a phone would be significantly better.

        • michael arazan

          And hopefully it will play music by itself so you don’t need to have your phone while doing physical activities like working out or biking.

          The watch needs to work on its own rather than staying with in 10 feet of the phone or it defeats the purpose

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  • ToddAwesome

    It took me years to even consider a tablet, I still don’t think I actually NEED my N7, but I have it anyway. A smart watch? Eh, I’ll get back to ya in 2023.

    • NexusPhan69

      I need my tablet. I don’t own a computer anymore. It’s been great. Never looked back.

      • n900mixalot

        I lived like that for a while. It actually becomes more doable each and every day. *thumbs up*

      • ToddAwesome

        More power to ya, I need them for work so I’ll be riding the pc train for quite a while.

    • BigDeeNY99

      Im with you on this. Between these watches and Google glass??!!!.. I feel like my parents..People can barely drive now..imagine trying to talk/voice text with their watch!

  • Ramana

    And, won’t look anything like the awesome mock-up

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