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Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014

Samsung is running events in Berlin, New York and Beijing to announce its new mobile products, widely expected to include the Galaxy Note 4.

  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:49:43 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:50:02 PM
    Use with a flip wallet, a case that leaves the edge screen showing, but covers the main screen
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:50:16 PM
    Available in selected markets, the SDK is out today
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:50:26 PM
    Now onto the watch
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:50:55 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:50:57 PM
    How useful the Note Edge proves to be will depend a lot on whether developers get involved. Can you think of any interesting uses for that side screen?
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:51:14 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:51:15 PM
    The Gear S can use its screen to make it look like a posh old-fashioned watch.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:51:22 PM
    It has 3G connectivity
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:51:37 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:51:53 PM
    The Gear S looks very futuristic, but my goodness it's massive. If you're after inconspicuous wrist-wear, look elsewhere.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:52:10 PM
    It doesn't need to be paired with a phone, so you don't need to bring one with you, although you need to set it up with a Galaxy phone. Also to update the software.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:52:12 PM
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  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:52:36 PM
    They wanted to replicate the smart phone experience, including a QWERTY keyboard.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:52:45 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:52:53 PM
    It has a 2-inch curved, super AMOLED screen
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:53:06 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:53:22 PM
    Most smartwatches are still tiny extensions of your phone. But tech fans and manufacturers are still experimenting to find what exactly a smartwatch should be -- and look like. So I'm glad to see Samsung trying something that's independent from your other gadgetry.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:53:30 PM
    We're looking at the new clock face.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:53:49 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:54:02 PM
    Also has new gestures - various swipes take you to notifications, widgets or apps
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:54:31 PM
    You can ask a Gear S where your car is parked and it will show you a map
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:54:44 PM
    It has 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:54:59 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:55:14 PM
    You can reply to emails/ texts with the keyboard or voice.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:55:32 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:55:41 PM
    Now talking apps - there are now 1,000 apps
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:55:48 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:56:16 PM
    The elephant in the room whenever a new wearable is announced is Apple. Tim Cook and pals are yet to show their hand when it comes to this new field in tech, and the company has enough clout to make a significant impact on where wearables go next.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:56:18 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:56:50 PM
    We're talking about S Health now.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:57:11 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:57:14 PM
    You can use S Health without your smartphone on the Gear S. That's useful.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:57:55 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:58:04 PM
    "Just before you go out for a jog, you'll know what kind of SPF protection to wear." S Health will give you sun care advice!
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:58:04 PM
    Straps and bangles are customised with a range of colours, and yep -- there's a Swarovski option.
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:58:25 PM
    "We believe that with Gear S, Samsung delivers the world to your wrist."
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:58:25 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:58:42 PM
    That's it for the Gear S, it's time to chat about the virtual reality Gear VR now.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:59:23 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:59:26 PM
    This is the "ultimate viewing experience" says Samsung.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:59:54 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 2:00:36 PM
    "This is the Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus." - that's interesting!
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 2:00:36 PM
    "it's like I'm there" ... "its keeping up with my movements."
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