The smartwatch have not yet made it clear that they are a category to be settled but it can not be denied that the effort and insistence of some manufacturers are high.
Many models with different approaches that open the options but also gives the feeling that none ends up fine tuning with their concept of smart watch.
Inside that carousel of watches highlights Samsung. As we saw recently in a study of Canalys , the Korean firm is the main protagonist of this category and not only because it has been able to put more clocks than anyone in the market but because in less than a year has released nothing more and nothing less That six models completely different from each other in both design and software. Let’s take a look at this brief but intense story.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
Everything started in IFA, which we remember will start a new edition next week. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Koreans introduced their first smart watch: the Samsung Galaxy Gear. A wrist accessory with its own operating system and a handful of good purposes that did not finish.
Ambition was not lacking: application ecosystem, notifications, color touch screen, camera included … However, as we saw in our review, Samsung still had a long way to go. The approach was good but questionable execution. They learned, and realized that the category could have a pull so they went to work on it to remain pointers in this category.
Samsung Gear 2
In less than five months, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced not one or two but three new smartwatches. One of them was the Samsung Gear 2 : renewed design, more comfortable in wrist and with the appearance of Tizen as operating system. In so little time they had managed to refine their concept and idea more about this accessory.
Many steps forward regarding the first generation and although it is soon to speak of absolute maturity already notice that Samsung is better defining its idea of smart clock. That yes, that the compatibility was reduced to a small group of terminals of Samsung it continued him subtracting attractive.
Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Next to the Gear 2 we arrived a deviation of this same device: the Gear 2 Neo . A more youthful design and the disappearance of the camera were the main differences of a clock that happened of discreet form. It was not the first time that Samsung used the Neo tag to designate more affordable models with the same desire.
Samsung Gear Fit
Of the three models presented in IFA, it was possibly the one that attracted the most attention. Its design moved away from the classic clock concept and brought us a curved screen that fit the shape of our wrist. A tactile OLED as daring because even though the idea was good it entailed some challenges when it came to making the interface comfortable when we looked at the device.
He passed our analysis table and although it included some very attractive functions (such as the pulsation sensor that also included Gear 2 and Neo) the experience as a quantizer bracelet did not finish curdling. As clock connected it was very good.
Samsung Gear Live
From the Mobile World Congress we go to Google I/O. It did not take more than three months for Samsung to introduce a new watch of its kind. Of course, this time the way was different . Although it was similar to the previous Gear, the big difference is the operating system: Android Wear.
Both Samsung and LG allied with Google to give a boost to their new operating system for smart watches. A new way to understand this type of accessories and an approach that is far from what we have seen so far with Tizen: system chips, more connectivity (and compatibility) with Android devices, navigation with directions, connectivity with Google Now…
Samsung Gear S
One year and five watches then again Samsung IFA to introduce a sixth team: the Samsung Gear S. A very curious proposal a priori by all the technology that joins in the same device. Better hardware compared to previous ones and much more autonomy of the phone to do many tasks.
This time Koreans have decided to introduce a 3G SIM card slot to be always connected from the clock without needing to have it paired with a smartphone. In short: a wrist phone. Something that is not new but this is the most refined model to date.
In addition to all the technology inside, Samsung bets again by a curved screen Gear Fit type but this time with a more square format. Android Wear? No, this time the Koreans return to Tizen and hopefully this year has helped them to improve the software.
Dance of operating systems between Tizen and Android Wear
Android Wear and Tizen. Google and Samsung. A relationship that at first glance seems to have benefited both since the operating system of Mountain View became popular. However they have had many frictions and one of the most recent is the one they are living with the platform that is used in connected clocks.
From the first moment everything pointed out that Samsung would bet hard for Tizen but with the jump to Android Wear there was some hint of change. However, it seems that the Samsung Gear Live has been more a favor on the part of the Koreans to help Google than a commitment to change of definitive form of system.
This dance of operating systems and different models for now have a clear contraindication: confuse the consumer, who is not clear why Samsung bet or if there will be a new model of smartwatch in a short time.
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