Samsung developing standalone Smartwatch

It was revealed last week that Samsung is reportedly working on a smartwatch that doesn’t need to sync with a smartphone in order to work. With many speculating that this will be launched in June or July this year.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the South Korean manufacturer is in talks with various telecommunications carriers that would turn the device into a phone. Users will be able to make calls directly on the device by placing the wrist up to the mouth.

Smartwatches are the next big “it” category in tech, with strong growth forecasts set for 2014. Although most on the market right now need to be tethered to a smartphone to receive phone calls, send text messages, check email and use other features.  The watch-phone will reportedly run on Samsung’s own Tizen smartwatch operating system. 

Samsung first hit the smartwatch market with its Galaxy Gear device which received mixed reviews however, the second-generation Gear 2 is lighter, thinner and more powerful than the previous model. It will be interesting to watch this space, as their competitors react to this news. 

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