We’re in our seats live at Samsung’s Unpacked 2013 press conference taking place in Berlin and things are about to kick off. We already know that the company will be unveiling its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but up until now details on the device haven’t been confirmed. Leaked rumors point to varying specs for the prototypes floating around, so we’re excited to see exactly what Samsung has packed into the smartwatch. That, and expect some other new Galaxy announcements. We’ll have the latest in our live blog below and full coverage on 9to5Google:
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-Samsung kicks things off with the official Galaxy Note 3 announcement.
-Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 3
-The company is focusing on the new leather-like texture back and the 8.3mm thin profile
-New S Pen
-Category 4 multiple band LTE – works with all type of LTE networks
-Samsung switched gears quickly and is now talking Galaxy Gear
-Make a receive calls with voice control
-Notifications for SMS
-Memographer to capture photos with built-in camera.
-Samsung is now announcing a new Note 10.1 “2014 edition”
-Free content gifts for Note users from Oxford, Dropbox, WSJ, and more
-September 25th for all three products, Galaxy Gear, Note 3, and new Note 10.1 and a global roll out to 150+ countries in October
– JK Shin quickly went over the three new product announcements and handed the stage over to other execs (hopefully to go over more details)
– We’re now going over new S Pen features – Air Command brings five features, including Action Memo, Pen Window and more, that users can access from almost anywhere on the screen by holding the button on the S Pen while hovering.
-A new Scrapbook feature allows users to quickly save content by circling it with the S Pen.
Samsung is showing of a new enhanced multi window view that lets you open two instances of an app side by side. There is also a new feature called “Pen Window” that lets you draw a box on the screen (whatever size you desire) and select an app to open in that box. Samsung is touting this as the big standout feature for software on the new Note and it’s quite impressive to be able to pull up a calculator or other app within the window of the currently running app.
-‘Multi vision’ is similar to the audio feature on the Galaxy S4 that allows you to play the same audio through multiple devices, only this time you can pair multiple notes to create an even larger display by sending video in addition to audio to the devices.
-Samsung’s head of its Think Tank team is on stage now talking the future of wearables, aka Galaxy Gear
-Gear has a stainless steal face, comes in six colors
-Calendar, call logs, contacts will all sync (Samsung is saying for your Galaxy smartphone, no word on support for other devices yet.
-Smart Relay is a feature that provides a seamless experience when switching from the watch to your phone. For example, when taking the connected phone out of your pocket it will automatically display the content that was on the watch, allowing you to transition easily to the larger screen and back to the device.
-Raising your hand to your ear answers calls; built in mic and speaker for hands free calling without taking out your phone
-S Voice on Galaxy Gear brings the voice command feature from its Galaxy smartphones to the Gear smartwatch for making calls, asking questions, etc.
– The memographer feature is a small camera on the watch strap that lets you snap photos to create what Samsung is calling “visual memos.”
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-Specs: 1.63-inch SuperAMOLED, 800mhz single core CPU, gyroscope, accelerometer, pedometer sensor
-Compatible with Galaxy devices only via updates arriving in October
-battery life is “longer than a day”
-Samsung’s now talking 1080p 60fps video capture and ultra high quality audio at 24bit and 192khz for Note III
-3200mAh battery for Note III brings battery life improves according to Samsung
-Note III and Gear coming to US and Japan in October, Note III and Gear coming later this month for rest of the world.