Smartwatches were once a niche part of the consumer tech market, but after the success of devices such as the Pebble that may no longer be the case. With major manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm stepping into the smartwatch game, you may very well find yourself sporting a tech-savvy timepiece by the end of 2013.
As tech industry big-shots and crowd-funded startups begin pushing their wearables to market, other prominent gadget makers are rumored to be working on smartwatches of their own. Apple, Google and Microsoft are all believed to be crafting wrist-worn smartphone companions, although this is largely based on published patents and speculation. Over the next several months we’re expecting to see a slew of devices that can deliver social notifications from your phone, snap photos, and answer phone calls among other tasks. Here’s a look at five watches that are worth eyeing today.
Samsung beat Apple to the punch when it comes to the smartwatch race. The Korean manufacturer just unveiled its Galaxy Gear watch, which is being touted as a companion for the newly announced Galaxy Note 3. The watch will only be compatible with the Note 3 and new Note 10.1 upon launch, but will eventually work with other Galaxy devices running on Android 4.3.
The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 Super AMOLED touch screen and runs on a modified version of Android. Users can download apps and switch watch faces through its accompanying Gear Manager app, and once the watch is synced to your smartphone you’ll begin receiving calls, texts and notifications on your wrist. Complete with a 1.9-megapixel camera built into its strap and seven colors to choose from, the Galaxy Gear could give its rivals some stiff competition-- if its audience wasn't so limited. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.