Samsung reportedly working on Gear 2 variant with standalone voice call support

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Samsung Gear 2Samsung is unsurprisingly on Google’s impressive roster of Android Wear hardware partners, aiming to bring wearables built on the new platform by the end of the year. However, the Gear line ain’t dead either, and Samsung is intent on dishing out extra models before long as well.

A certain future Gear 2 variant, possibly running Tizen just like the recently unveiled Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, could try to make a few waves and fend off the LG G Watch and Moto 360 threats with, wait for it, a built-in SIM card slot and 3G connectivity.

Translation – users of this intelligent wristwatch may not need to hook it up to a compatible smartphone before making and receiving voice calls. They could give other folks a jingle directly via their wearable device, and also pick up phone calls.

Independently operated gizmos are seen as the next logical step in the evolution of the fledgling market, however battery life is likely to become an even bigger issue, with SIM cards bound to devour energy. If Sammy can find a relatively inexpensive solution to the pickle, and quickly, their Gear family shall finally take off and maybe overshadow all smartwatches running Android Wear.

But right now, there are too many ifs and maybes to the equation. By the by, rumor has it this standalone wearable, if real, will roll out as a Korean exclusive at first. So yeah, it’s better to not get too excited about it.

Via [G for Games]

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