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Android-operated wearable tech is so 2013. Well, at least that's what Samsung thinks.
Samsung recently unveiled three new smartwatches, all similar to the original Galaxy Gear, but
none run the Android operating system.
The tech giant previously announced two of those watches run on Tizen, a multi-platform
OS more efficient for wearable tech. (Via The Verge)
But the third wearable, a fitness tracker called Gear Fit, runs an unnamed real-time
operating system instead. A Samsung executive tells CNET this new system is simpler and
increases battery life to at least three days.
The new battery life will be a huge selling point for the new tech, as Samsung's original
Android-run Galaxy Gear watches have been criticized for having to be charged every
day. (Via PC Magazine)
The Gear Fit sports a smaller, curved display and tracks various health-related measurements
such as heart rate, movement and even sleep patterns. (Via Samsung)
But compared to its larger cousins, the Fit has its drawbacks.
The real-time OS will not allow app developers to create their own apps for the Fit like
they can for other Gear watches. So Samsung will have to customize any apps it wants on
the device. (Via SlashGear)
And because of its small lightweight frame, the Fit does not come equipped with a camera
or speaker like the other watches. (Via TechCrunch)
Although the Gear Fit can be used alone, it does have the capability to connect to a Samsung
mobile device to receive text messages and other notifications. There is no word on how
much the watches will cost.