Samsung Galaxy Gear trademark christens company's smartwatch

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samsung-galaxy-gear-patent.jpgA new Samsung trademark filing suggests that the company will be launching a smartwatch device with the name Galaxy Gear.

Previously, Samsung’s rumoured smartwatch was thought to be called the Samsung Gear, but a newly uncovered trademark shows that the Korean tech giants will instead be pulling the device under the Galaxy umbrella.

The filing also goes on to describe a wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the Internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages.”

“This design is of a body made of flexible displays and elastic materials that can be used while wrapped around a wrist or flattened out,” it continues.

So what does that tell us about the device? Of course, the communications features listed above seem par-for-the-course with our expectations for a smartwatch. But does the Galaxy moniker suggest that a full version of Android will make its way into the watch? Seeing as the Galaxy range’s one unifying feature is its Android base, it seems highly likely that the OS will feature in some way in the new watch, rather than employing a proprietary system. By extension, it would also open up the smartwatch to potentially be used alongside other brands of Android smartphone.

Of course, a trademark filing is no infallible indication of a product’s existence, so we’ll still wait official confirmation from Samsung before getting too excited. However, with the invites for the company’s Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2013 now out in the wild, one has to wonder whether or not the Galaxy Gear could be making an appearance on September 4th. Rest assured that, if it does, we’ll have all the details.

Gerald Lynch