Samsung’s first foray into the realm of wearable technology looks set to be titled ‘GEAR’, reports suggest, as the gadget-maker seems increasingly ready to join 2013’s smartwatch stampede.
According to Phandroid, Samsung has registered a trademark for ‘GEAR’ alongside a product description for “watches, clocks, wristbands [and] bracelets” that are equipped to “communicate with phones, PCs and tablets using the internet and other communication methods”.
Although it doesn’t specifically mention a smartwatch, it’s a fairly safe bet that this is what the trademark will cover. Especially after Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division, confirmed that a watch has been a fixture of the company’s plans for some time.
Smartwatches are also expected from Apple and Google before the year’s end. Sony showed its hand last month with the SmartWatch 2, confirming wearable tech as the next major battleground in the Android vs iOS operating system wars.
Unlike watchphones and Dick Tracy’s retro-futurist wrist warmer, the next crop of smartphones will not permit users to make or take calls but will run apps and allow owners to access their handset’s key functions.