Samsung’s initial invite to its IFA press event teased watches, but this morning, the upcoming Gear smartwatch has essentially been confirmed. In a new invite image, for what appears to be a separate event, Samsung shows off yet another watch face, but also states that they will “Talk about 3,” as in Gear 3. (more…)
Not that anyone was expecting to see one, but according to Fast Company, who spoke with executives of Samsung, there are no future plans for a Samsung-made Android Wear device. The only Android Wear smartwatch Samsung ever released was the Gear Live, which was made available after Google I/O in 2014. Since then, Samsung has used Tizen, its in-house operating system, exclusively for wearables. (more…)
Those looking to pick up the Gear S2 Classic from Samsung can pre-order the smartwatch through Verizon or AT&T starting tomorrow, February 23. On Verizon, the Gear S2 Classic can be purchased outright for $399, or on a 2-year agreement for $349.99. Customers can add the watch to their existing Verizon plan for an extra $5 a month.
Through AT&T, pricing on an installment plan is set at $17.50 a month, with no off-contract pricing information currently available. (more…)
Samsung announced that the Gear S2 Classic in 18K Rose Gold and Platinum are available starting today, although, buyers in the US will have to wait a little bit longer to get hands-on with the new colors. For now, these two models of the Tizen-powered smartwatch are only available in China, with additional regions getting them a little later in 2016.
We spent a bit of hands-on time with the latest models of the Gear S2 Classic at CES in January, concluding that besides a shell made out of either 18K Rose Gold or Platinum, it’s the same Gear S2 Classic watch that is already available to buyers in the US. (more…)
It would appear Samsung is preparing yet another wearable for the global market, one more targeted to fitness tracking enthusiasts, according to a leaked set of photos. Much like the Gear S2, the SM-R150 is equipped with a round display with the same rotating bezel. However, at least from what the leaked pictures show, you can detach the body of the watch from the straps and place it on your clothing during workouts or running if you choose. (more…)
It was previously believed that Samsung Pay support for the Gear S2 smartwatch would be launched in November, but as you may know, it is now well into December. Thankfully, instead of leaving consumers completely in the dark, Samsung has reached out to a single person on Twitter who asked nicely, declaring that Samsung Pay support for the Gear S2 won’t be arriving until 2016. (more…)
We already went over the best Android phones you can buy today, so why not share that same love with the smartwatches, too? This year has seen a ton of new devices for the wrist, even from companies that had not previously launched a smartwatch. Why would they want to get into the smartwatch market? Well, because it’s growing like crazy. According to Allied Market Research, the global smartwatch market is expected to reach nearly $33 billion by 2020, so we can all rest assured new smartwatches won’t go away any time soon.
This year saw the sequel to last year’s highly-popular Moto 360, Huawei’s first Android Wear-powered device the Huawei Watch, the luxurious Watch Urbane from LG, a watch from luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer, and Samsung decided to go back to their roots with Tizen in the Gear S2.
With all that said, let’s get into the best Android smartwatch you can buy today. (more…)
Samsung’s new round smartwatches, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, are now available for purchase online. With a starting price of $299 for the S2 and $349 for the S2 Classic, you can own what is almost guaranteed to be Samsung’s best smartwatch to date.
We have yet to review the Gear S2 (we will shortly, don’t know worry), but after spending some quality time with it when Samsung fully unveiled it, it was obvious that this device would do as good of a smartwatch job on your wrist as any smartwatch. Sure, it runs Samsung’s Tizen instead of Android Wear, so there is going to be a new watch OS to learn. However, it’s a full watch experience like you see on the Apple Watch, instead of the glanceable-info approach you get with Android Wear. It also has NFC, so if you own a Samsung phone with Samsung Pay, you will soon be able to use it to make mobile payments.