Samsung Introduces New Smartwatch, and Google’s Might Be Next

Get ready for another wave of smartwatches, with Samsung introducing two new devices and Google widely reported to be readying its own high-tech timepiece.

On Feb. 23, Samsung unveiled two new versions of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, less than six months after the first one debuted.

Now called Gear II and Gear II Neo—the Galaxy has been dropped—the new watch boasts a variety of fitness-related features, including a heart and activity monitor. It also moves the watch’s camera from its strap to its main screen. Its face and design are customizable. Battery life is said to be two to three days with “typical use.”

Google’s watch will be introduced in March and begin shipping in June, according to CNET and other sites. It will be manufactured by LG, use Google’s Android operating system, and be built around the Google Now voice-assistant feature, the site said. 

CNET also teased news of an Apple entry into the market, saying the company is “widely believed” to be readying its own device, which could premiere later this year.


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