Samsung’s first-ever smartwatch will be named the ‘Gear’ and will marketed as an addition to its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets, it has emerged.
The gadget-maker’s decision to extend the Galaxy brand to timepieces was all but confirmed by a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which was uncovered by Dutch Samsung fansite, Galaxy Club nl.
Set to land in September alongside the Galaxy Note 3 phablet, the Gear will likely not offer the chance to make and take calls, but will be sold as an accessory that can be paired with Galaxy phones to allow owners to access key functions remotely.
Assuming it does arrive next month, it’s going to have a fight on its hand to get noticed. That month is confirmed as the due date for Sony’s similar Smart Watch, and is also thought to be marked by the arrival of a new iPhone or even iPhones.
Apple’s own smartwatch, the iWatch, is forecast to hit the market some time later and may not drop until late next year and is expected to sold in part on its credentials as a fitness aid.
Samsung’s interest in smartwatches, which run apps and pair with smartphones over Bluetooth, is long-standing, with Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division confirming plans for wearable tech earlier this year.