Samsung Gear Fit: A closer look

Just a while ago, the folks at iFixit decided to open up some smartwatches in order to inspect what’s inside. The Samsung Gear 2 received this treatment earlier. Now that the Gear Fit is out, the iFixit team has decided to give it the same treatment. As expected, they were able to see the miniature electronic parts that were kept within it.

The only part that definitely stands out is the Gear Fit’s 210mAh batter. This can be replaced, but it can only be accessed by taking off the AMOLED display first. Afterwards, the motherboard comes next. Of course, care must be taken throughout the whole process.

Check out the full teardown at the iFixit site.

Samsung Smartwatch PayPal App

Big news for everyone who uses PayPal. It has recently released its fingerprint-based authentication system. The release is limited to 25 countries for now. With a swipe of a finger, users may now authorize payments and perform other actions with their smartphone. Currently, this can be done on the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Here’s the official announcement from John Lunn of the PayPal Developer Network:

Customers can use their finger to pay with PayPal from their new Samsung Galaxy S5 because the FIDO Ready software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud. The only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers”

An app for the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit have also been released. It’s very useful if you want to keep track of your balance, payments and other transactions.

Samsung Gear Fit Changing Screen Orientation

Now that Samsung has finally rolled out an update for the Gear Fit, users are now given the power to switch screen orientations depending on what they’re comfortable with. When the device first came out, the Samsung community was appalled with the fact that the display could only be viewed in the horizontal orientation. This stood as an inconvenience, especially since it’s difficult enough to read something on a small screen, what more when it’s strapped to the wrist at an odd angle?

Anyway, users are now free to change the orientation to vertical with the new update. It’s fairly easy too. All you’ll need to do is to scroll through the options on your Gear Fit. Select Display, then Rotate Screen. You may now tap on either Vertical or Horizontal.

That’s it.

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Internal Shots

Some members of the tech community aren’t content with tinkering with apps and such. The team at iFixit actually went the extra mile by “dissecting” the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. If you were always curious about how the inside of a smartwatch looks like, then you can look at the photo provided.

The site also provides a step by step guide on how to properly open the device. Of course, do so at your own risk, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.

What the Gear 2 is capable of doing is no secret, especially since its debut is drawing near day by day. However, it’s always nice to get to see something new. It’s amazing to finally see what powers this small yet useful gadget.

iFixit gave the Gear 2 a high repairability rate. The device was graded with a score of 8/10. Its strap can easily be replaced and disassembling it isn’t that difficult.

Samsung to release a stand-alone smartwatch

The Samsung Gear is definitely a standout in the smartwatch market. However,  many users are also turned off by the way it is only compatible with a Samsung smartphone. This could change though, especially with the rumored release of the Samsung Gear Solo.

According to The Korean Herald, this new device will make its debut in South Korea. It was created in partnership with SK Telecom. As with most smartwatches, calls can be made and received through the watch. Any other features weren’t discussed yet, but the members of the tech community have high hopes for it. Hopefully, Samsung will be able to smooth out the shortcomings of its previous smartwatches with the Gear Solo.

As of now, not much is known about the Gear Solo. Sources claim that the Asian company has filed a patent under the Gear Solo name, so maybe we’ll be hearing about it soon.

Samsung Gear Fit now features portrait orientation mode

If you’re looking for both efficiency and versatility, the Samsung Gear Fit is your best bet. It looks stunning on the wrist as well. The problem is, it was released with a landscape display mode. This posed as a problem since it’s supposed to be readable even when strapped to a wrist. The good news is that the team behind the device has finally given it a software update which includes portrait mode.

Some photos were released by Samsung through one of its blogs. The new portrait mode would allow easier viewing. This definitely smooths out the previous problem that stirred the Samsung fans. However, some sites still think the display will still pose as a problem, especially when reading longer text.

Hopefully, Samsung will be able to think of a solution to that as well.

Samsung Galaxy Gear New Ad

You’ve probably heard of the story of Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier. It’s pretty interesting and heart-warming.  It seems that the brand has used this touching story in order to show the importance of technology. You can watch it on Samsung’s official Youtube channel.

Here’s one Samsung has to say about it:

Their amazing story inspired us, and we embraced it to express the idea how Samsung Gear allow consumers to always remain in sync. The connection is not only about the devices. It is about the bigger picture: building better communication between people and the world.

Have you watched the ad? What do you think?

Samsung Gear 2 Colors Leaked

If you’re familiar with the many sources of leaks online, then you’ll surely know about Evsleaks. In its Twitter account, the leaker posted a photo of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 in two colors. The company might be taking inspiration from the colorful designs of Apple’s iPhone 5C. Of course, no one can verify this information as of yet. For now, it’s mere speculation.

Just recently, Evsleaks released another photo. This time, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 was sporting another color – orange.

How are you liking the possibility of having these colors as choices? How about the overall design? Hopefully, Samsung will also pack a lot of neat features on this device as well.

Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Clone

A good number of people have probably been waiting for this, and now it’s here. At first glance, it definitely looks like the Galaxy Gear. However, this device is the PW305. It was created by Podoor. This smartwatch is advertised as being both stable and practical.

It runs on Linux and it can be paired with an Android phone. Well, at least some users can rest assured that this smartwatch isn’t limited to being paired with Samsung devices. It has the basic features of a smartwatch. It gives off notifications. It also has a phone dialer and a music player.

If you’re interested in this watch, it is said to have a price tag of $200. Would you be willing to give this a try?

Samsung Galaxy Gear Keyboard

If talking into your smartwatch bothers you, then you might want to check out Fleksy. Its interface is similar to that of the one for iOS and Android, but of course, it has to fit into a smaller screen size. The keyboard takes up more than half of the Galaxy Gear’s screen. Afraid of typos? Don’t fret. It comes with an auto-correct feature.

The keyboard automatically pops up every time a text field is tapped. Swipe to the right to confirm the word. If auto-correct failed in providing the right word for you, then you can swipe down for a list of suggested terms.

The Fleksy app for the Galaxy Gear was created thanks to a suggestion in a developer forum. COO Ioannis Verdelis took an interest in the thread and decided that he should at least give it a shot.

Interested? Download the APK from Google Play and sideload it to your smartwatch. If not, you’ll have to wait until a proper App Store is made for the Galaxy Gear.