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Next Samsung Smartwatch is a Standalone Phone (Report)

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Heads-up Dick Tracy, Samsung may have a new watch phone for you. Samsung is reportedly working on a variant of the Gear 2 equipped with a USIM chip capable of making standalone voice calls.

The watch, which is expected to launch on Korea's SK Telecom, will be a bit bulkier than the current Gear 2, which goes on sale next month, in order to incorporate the USIM chip, as well as a larger battery. This info comes via a report by the The Korea Herald.

MORE: Android Wear Watches: 5 Things We Know, 5 We Don't

Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo both let users make and receive phone calls, though they both need to be tethered to a smartphone via Bluetooth. With the USIM chip, however, the watch would be able to make calls without a connected phone.

This isn't the first smartwatch to offer standalone voice calling capabilities. As the Herald points out, LG launched its own LG Watch Phone in 2009, which was able to make calls over 3G. The upcoming Neptune Pine also offers SIM Card support.

The Gear 2 rumor comes just a day after Google officially unveiled its Android Wear operating system for smartwatches. The OS is expected to offer Google Now like services, as well as Android app integration, the ability to stream music from your smartphone and push video to your TV.

Interestingly, Google named Samsung as one of the tech companies working on an Android Wear device. This is despite the fact that Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run on its own Tizen operating system, which is incompatible with Android.

via The Korea Herald

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    K2N hater , March 19, 2014 10:14 AM
    Reminds me 80's japanese "tokusatsu" series...
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    PhoneyVirus , March 19, 2014 11:10 AM
    Flag this shit as spam, who the fuck cares about this really, this site went to crap like two years ago. Soon not coming here for my weekly news anymore all its about is Phones, Tables, smart watches, laptops again who cares, can some one please tell me please what is going on with the industry. I'm fining it harder and harder very week how the PC world for enthusiast like myself can't seem to fine a hole on this new change, don't get me wrong I don't mind change but C'mon does it have to be about Laptops and touch screen tables just stupid shit like this every week. I think I lost my way or maybe someone else has lost their way nevertheless things are changing and I don't like here it going period.
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    house70 , March 19, 2014 11:26 AM
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    Flag this shit as spam, who the fuck cares about this really, this site went to crap like two years ago. Soon not coming here for my weekly news anymore all its about is Phones, Tables, smart watches, laptops again who cares, can some one please tell me please what is going on with the industry. I'm fining it harder and harder very week how the PC world for enthusiast like myself can't seem to fine a hole on this new change, don't get me wrong I don't mind change but C'mon does it have to be about Laptops and touch screen tables just stupid shit like this every week. I think I lost my way or maybe someone else has lost their way nevertheless things are changing and I don't like here it going period.
    Chill, bro. After all, tech is going where is going, whether we like it or not.
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    glow hockey , March 19, 2014 5:19 PM
    SmartWatches are filling the smart-device market all around the world. It is believed that SmartWatches are going to change the way applications are accessed. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.crittermap.airhockey
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    rwinches , March 20, 2014 4:39 AM
    It's still ugly.
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