VentureBeat got its hands on a picture of a prototype of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Design-wise the device looks a lot like a shrunken version of a Galaxy phone, it's about 3 inches diagonally and looks quite chunky. The Galaxy Gear features a square OLED display, it runs Android apps and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The site also published a brief overview of leaked specifications, and of the things that sticks out a bit is that the battery life is said to be only "10+ hours".
We’ve been speaking with sources to separate fact from fiction. And this weekend, a source showed us one of the prototypes sent to developers and a few select partners. Note that Samsung is highly security conscious in protecting its designs, and occasionally sends off prototypes that don’t mirror the final design. But it won’t be far off.
It has a 4-megapixel camera built into the strap, and tiny speakers in the clasp. You can measure health data through the camera. Take a picture of your food, and you can tag it according to what type of food it is, such as “grains” or “fat.” It’s a clear swipe at Google Glass — but would anyone take photos of their meals from a watch, other than for spy movie appeal?