Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was one of the first smartwatches available from a major manufacturer and while it received praise from some for a stylish design, others felt the Korean tech giant rushed the device to market as evident by a lacking user experience.
The company is already hard at work on a follow-up effort but according to new reports, the wearable might not be a smartwatch at all. Instead, Samsung is rumored to be working on a fitness tracker known as the Galaxy Band.
It’ll be similar to other fitness bands including Nike’s FuelBand, the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone UP in that it’ll be a wrist-worn device with an array of embedded sensors to measure metrics like humidity, motion and pressure. Bluetooth connectivity will ensure the tracker connects with other mobile devices from Samsung and other manufacturers and it could even offer voice control, we’re told.
We can also expect it to be deeply integrated with Samsung’s S Health app on phones like the Galaxy S4. Most reports suggest the Galaxy Band will also run on Android – no surprise there.
A similar device known as the S Band surfaced around the same time as the Galaxy S4 although that device is no longer shown on the company’s website. It was designed to pair with S Health to help track exercise and sleep patterns.
Sources say we can expect Samsung to unveil the new fitness tracker at Mobile World Congress and launch soon after. That event runs from February 24 through the 27th in Barcelona, Spain.