Today is the day of Samsung's big reveal, and they delivered: the Galaxy Gear, their newest smartphone device, is coming to the U.S. in October.
The Gear will run Android 4.3, have a battery life of 25+ hours on a single charge, and will be able to display text messages, incoming calls, and other notifications, and can be voice controlled. The 1.6 inch display is framed in metal, the strap appears to be made of rubber, and there is a camera installed in the strap. This is where the Galaxy Gear has some surprises. The camera is positioned on the "side" of the watch. What we mean by that, for instance: if you raised you hand right now to look at the time, the camera would be positioned on the side of the watch facing away from you. Swipe from the top of the screen down, and it will snap a picture. Easy. Since it's connected wirelessly to your smartphone, you'll be able to share pictures to the web straight from the smartwatch.
Also, your contacts will sync to the watch, so when someone calls, all you have to do is glance down to see if you actually want to accept the call. BUT, you don't even have to grab your phone: when a call comes in, all you have to do is lift your smartwatch to your ear and the call will connect. Yup. The Galaxy Gear has a mic and speaker built in. Very cool.
The Gear will be dropping next month, and will come in six different colors, some of which are black, orange, brown and white.