The smartwatch still not have made it clear to be a category that is going to settle down but there’s no denying that the effort and the insistence of some manufacturers are uppercase. Many models with different approaches to open the options but also feels that none ends in tune with your smart watch concept.
Within that clocks carousel highlights Samsung. As we saw recently in a study by Canalys, the Korean firm is the main protagonist of this category and not only because it has been able to put more watches than anyone else in the market but because in less than a year has launched no more and no less than six completely different models each other both in design and in software. We do a review of this brief but intense history.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
It all began in IFA, remember start a new edition the week coming. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Koreans presented your first smart watch: Samsung Galaxy Gear. An accessory of the doll with its own operating system and with a handful of good intentions that did not finish Jell.
Not lacked ambition: ecosystem of applications, notifications, color, including camera touch screen… However, as we saw in our review, Samsung still had a long way to go. The idea was good but the questionable execution. They learned, and they realized that the category could have pull so they began to work on it to continue to be pointers in this category.
Samsung Gear 2
In a little 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 Samsung Gear 2: design renovated, more comfortable on wrist and with the emergence of Tizen as operating system. In such a short time they had managed to considerably more refine your concept and idea about this accessory.
Many steps forward with respect to the first generation and although it is early to talk about absolute maturity already shows that Samsung better defines his idea of smart clock. That Yes, that compatibility is reduced to a small group of terminals Samsung remained subtracting attractive.
Samsung Gear 2 Neo
Next to the Gear 2 it reached us a deviation This same device: the Neo 2 Gear. A somewhat more youthful design and the disappearance of the Chamber were the main differences of a clock that went in a discreet way. It was not the first time that Samsung used the tagline Neo to designate a same wins more affordable models.
Samsung Gear Fit
Of the three models presented at IFA, was probably that caught the attention. Its design was moving away from the classical concept of clock and brought us a curved screen that conformed to the shape of our doll. An OLED touch as attractive as daring because although the idea was good it posed some challenges when it comes to the comfortable interface when we look at the device.
He passed by our table of analysis and although it included some very attractive features (as for example the sensor pulses that also included the 2 Gear and Neo) experience as bracelet cuantificadora ended not Jell. As connected clock he was serving very well.
Samsung Gear Live
Mobile World Congress, we’re going to Google I/O. Not more than three months passed so Samsung will present a new clock with these characteristics. That Yes, this time the road was different. While out resembled the earlier Gear, the big difference is found in the operating system: Android Wear.
Both Samsung and LG are allied with Google to give a boost to its new operating system for smart watches. A new way of understanding this type of accessories and with 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 addresses, connectivity with Google Now…
Samsung Gear S
A year and five watches then Samsung returns to IFA to present us a sixth team: Samsung Gear S. A proposal quite curious a priori by all technology that together in one device. Best hardware with respect to the previous and much greater autonomy of the phone to make many tasks.
This time the Koreans have decided to introduce a 3G SIM card slot to be always connected from the watch without having it paired with a smartphone. In a nutshell: a wrist phone. Something that is not new but this is the most refined to date model.
In addition to all of the technology that carries inside, bet again on a screen Samsung curve type Gear Fit but this time with a more square format. Android Wear? Not this time the Koreans again Tizen and we hope that this year have served to improve the software.
Operating systems between Tizen and Android Wear prom
Android Wear and Tizen. Google and Samsung. A relationship that at first glance it seems that it has benefited both from the operating system of the Mountain View became. However they have had many rods and one of the most recent is that are living with the platform that is used in the connected clocks.
From the outset all pointed to Samsung bet strong by Tizen but with the jump to Android Wear had any hint of change. However, it seems that the Samsung Gear Live has been more a favor by Koreans to help Google than a commitment to permanently change system.
This dance of operating systems and different models now have a clear contraindication: mislead the consumer, which has no clear why bet Samsung or if there will be new model smartwatch in short time.