Samsung finally unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch after months of anticipation and leaks leading up to last week’s event. The smartwatch pairs to a smart device via Bluetooth and features a 1.63-inch touchscreen and a 1.9 megapixel ‘Memographer’ camera that is activated with a single tap. When the watch hits shelves on September 25, it will only work with Samsung’s Galaxy Note III and new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which both launch that same day, but pairing will expand in October when the Galaxy S4 (and S3) get updated to Android 4.3. The Galaxy Gear is designed to give you control over many of your Android’s features without needing to actually touch your phone or tablet, primarily through voice; you’ll be able to send and receive calls and messages and even operate apps this way. The Galaxy Gear comes loaded with a handful of Samsung apps, with a strong emphasis on health and fitness. There should be about 70 apps available in total when the smartwatch launches on September 25 for $299.
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