The Samsung Gear is evolving. Korean tech giant Samsung released the SDK for the next generation of its Gear smartwatch, and the included images and documents reveal a rounded design, rotating bezel and revamped interface.
Sammobile published a comprehensive breakdown of the watch's development kit, which reveals a circular Gear design that's significantly more compact than both the Gear S and Gear 2 wearables. The watch has a metal frame with a crown on the right, and will come packed with an accelerometer, heart rate monitor, gyrometer, GPS and the ability to connect to 2G networks.
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Like the Gear S, Samsung's next smartwatch can make calls on its own when connected to a Bluetooth headset, and can provide notifications from a tethered phone or tablet.
While Android Wear watches rely heavily on swiping for navigation, the new Gear will feature a rotating, interactive bezel that brings the Apple Watch's Digital Crown to mind. According to images featured in the SDK, you'll be able to rotate the bezel to do things such as sift through your contacts, switch between apps and zoom in and out of images.
The next Gear, which is code-named Project Orbis and is rumored to be called the Gear A, will have a refreshed interface to complement its smaller, rounded screen. Based on the screenshots posted by Sammobile, the next Gear watch looks like it will take some inspiration from both the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices by making information as clear, colorful and instantly glanceable as possible.
There's no official word on the next Gear's release date, price or final name, but we expect to see the smartwatch surface at IFA 2015 in Berlin this September. Stay tuned for more details.