Samsung’s wearable Galaxy Gear is the company’s entry into the burgeoning wearables market. The smartwatch extends the functionality of certain Samsung Android devices, allowing for hands-free calls, quick access to e-mail, text messages and other notifications. The device even includes a pedometer, so fitness enthusiasts know exactly how much exercise they are getting. Samsung will be offering the Galaxy Gear in Canada on Black Friday, November 29th for just $280 at participating retailers.
Upon launch, the Galaxy Gear was only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which annoyed many a Samsung owner pining for the device. Samsung has expanded compatibility, allowing the Galaxy Gear to work in conjunction with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, with the aforementioned devices receiving the update beginning on November 29th. That makes the pricey smartwatch a little more appealing, and will undoubtedly make it a hot item this Holiday season.
The Galaxy Gear will be available from multiple Canadian carriers and retailers including Bell, Best Buy, Future Shop, London Drugs, Rogers, Samsung Experience Shops, TELUS, The Source, Videotron, WIND Mobile and WIRELESSWAVE. The Galaxy Gear will be available in Jet Black, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige and Mocha Grey.
Samsung helps Canadians stay in the moment by expanding GALAXY Gear compatibility across the GALAXY family of devices
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ – Samsung Canada, leaders of innovation and one of the first to introduce wearable technology to the Canadian marketplace, announced today the expanded compatibility of the GALAXY Gear with the GALAXY S4, GALAXY S4 mini, GALAXY SIII, GALAXY Note 3 (previously available) and the GALAXY Note II. Arriving just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, the GALAXY Gear is the perfect companion for premium GALAXY smartphones, combining smart device connectivity, tailored technological features and stylish design.
“The GALAXY Gear has launched Samsung to the forefront of wearable technology by delivering true innovation beyond what anyone else in the industry currently offers,” said Paul Brannen, Senior Vice President, Enterprise and Mobile Solutions, Samsung Canada. “Canadians want technology that helps make their lives easier and more enjoyable, which is why we’re excited to extend the compatibility of the GALAXY Gear to our growing GALAXY family of devices.”
Combining smart device connectivity, tailored features and an impressive, stylish design, GALAXY Gear is the perfect companion device that enhances everyday life. This device offers a host of features such as Quick Glance to preview messages sent to the phone, Voice Memo to capture important thoughts or conversations from the wrist and Auto Lock, which locks the smartphone screen when it is more than 1.5 metres from GALAXY Gear.
The GALAXY Gear is the perfect companion for:
The Multi-tasking Mom: The built-in speaker lets busy moms make hands-free calls directly from the Gear, helping them get things done on the go. When in a rush, the Find My Device feature helps users locate their phone instantly by making their GALAXY smart device beep, illuminate and vibrate. Additionally, snapping photos of the kids on the playground is easy with the Memographer feature, a 1.9 Megapixel camera built directly into the Gear.
The Trend Setting Fashionista: Make the GALAXY Gear your signature feature. With an understated elegance, refined design and high-quality finishes, GALAXY Gear is more than just a beautiful accessory, it’s a game changer. Canada’s fashionistas can personalize the devices with 10 preloaded clock options to complement any style or season. In addition to the previously announced colours (Jet Black, Wild Orange and Oatmeal Beige), the new Mocha Gray colour is perfect for versatility.
The On-the-go Professional: Switch things into high gear with the GALAXY Gear. Perfect for the busy professional running from meetings to business dinners, the GALAXY Gear boasts a premium look and feel as well as useful features to help stay organized. Stay on top of important messages while chatting with the boss by glancing at the notifications on your Gear which summarizes all calls, texts and emails. Talk it out with S Voice which allows you to draft notes, create new calendar items and check the weather on the GALAXY Gear directly.
The Fitness Fanatic: The GALAXY Gear makes working out more enjoyable with a Pedometer to help track your walking activity using its built-in sensor technology. Whether you are on your daily run, at the gym or walking to work, the Gear will automatically monitor every step. With a quick swipe, users can also control the music played on their Samsung GALAXY device.
The GALAXY Gear is currently available on the GALAXY Note 3 and will be available on the GALAXY S4, GALAXY S4 mini, GALAXY SIII and the GALAXY Note II starting on November 29th, 2013 (timing varies by device and carrier/retailer) in Jet Black, Wild Orange and Oatmeal Beige and now Mocha Gray (colour availability varies by carrier/retailer) at the following locations: Bell, Best Buy, Future Shop, London Drugs, Rogers, Samsung Experience Shops at select Best Buy and Future Shop locations, Samsung Experience Store, Tbooth wireless, TELUS, The Source, Videotron, WIND Mobile and WIRELESSWAVE.
Additionally, Canadians who purchase the GALAXY Gear beginning on Black Friday (November 29) through to December 2, 2013 will receive $50.00 off the retail price (MSRP $329.99) at participating carriers and retailers.*