Although the Galaxy S5 is expected to be the star of Samsung’s press event at Mobile World Congress, the company could also introduce a new Galaxy Gear. Samsung only began selling its smartwatch about five months ago in September, but new reports suggest that a successor is already in tow.
During its “Unpacked” event on Feb. 24, Samsung is “expected to show off” an upgrade to the Galaxy Gear,” The New York Times reports. The newspaper reportedly spoke to someone familiar with Samsung’s plans for the event, who also said we can expect to see the Galaxy S5 and some new Tizen announcements from Samsung at MWC 2014.
Since Samsung introduced its first smartwatch at IFA in Berlin last year, the Gear has been received with criticism. The wrist-worn gadget comes with a broader feature set than most of its competitors, including a camera embedded in its strap, the ability to make and receive phone calls and a color touchscreen display. However, the watch has been condemned for its limited compatibility, bulky design compared to other smartwatches, vague notifications and high price tag.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors concerning Samsung’s second-gen smartwatch. Immediately following the Galaxy Gear’s unveil in September, Korean news sources began reporting that a new model would launch in early 2014. This Galaxy Gear successor would feature a GPS tracker and could offer better battery life. The second-gen watch is likely to be compatible with a wider range of Android devices than just Samsung’s newest flagships, the report said.
Samsung reportedly has a few other wearable devices in its pipeline, including an improved fitness band and a Google Glass competitor.