Samsung recently trademarked the ‘Galaxy Watch’ and ‘Galaxy Fit’ names, presumably for use in its future endeavors in wearables, and this could be a big deal. Samsung’s current wearable lineups are split under the Gear and Gear Fir monikers. It’s a name that the company has been using for various phone accessories and smaller devices, but it seems that as far as fitness trackers and smartwatches are concerned, things may change in 2018.
With Google’s Android Wear strategy on the wane, the Gear family remains one of the few viable options against the Apple Watch juggernaut that is the best-selling wearable of the kind globally.
With a good reason, too – Samsung’s Gear portfolio has a great design with a rotating bezel, clever carousel interface of the crafty Tizen OS, and, above all, oodles of battery life …
We can all agree that the Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport are two stellar smartwatches. But just like regular watches, they are not merely utilitarian devices, but fashion accessories as well. Or they could be, at least, depending on how you wear them. A good-looking watch always catches the eye, but if you add an outstanding strap or band, you can really make it stand out as a fashion accessory. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great bands available for both the Gear S3, which takes 22mm bands, and the Gear Sport, which is compatible with 20mm straps.
Android smartwatches are not in a good place right now. Due to fizzling popularity and dwindling sales, Google recently made the decision to rebrand Android Wear as Wear OS, in hopes that it would be able to turn a new page and regain its foothold in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The rebranding was a necessary move, considering that every third Android smartwatch was being paired with an iPhone, and reflects a broader trend at Google of removing the Android moniker from cross-platform services. But rebranding a product is one thing. Reinventing it is something …
Samsung’s Gear S series turned out to be quite successful despite running on Sammy’s home-brewed Tizen OS and not kicking off Google’s Android Wear. Perhaps surprisingly, Google’s own wearable OS doesn’t seem to be enjoying as much popularity as Samsung’s is.
So, naturally, you can expect to find a lot of 3rd party apps for the Gear S2, Gear S3, and Gear Sport in the Galaxy Apps store. As well as tons and tons of watch faces. Some good, some bad… But you know, it’s mostly in the eye of the beholder.
Still, it’s a daunting list to sift through. So, we thought we’d give you a list …