We are days away from strapping Samsung's Galaxy Gear to our wrists, that is, if they let us near it. But while we wait, the flow of leaks around this wearable tech are showing now signs of slowing down.
Prolific spouter @evleaks posted a cryptic "It's coming..." tweet today along with two shots that appear to show the Gear's companion software.
Called Gear Manager, the grabs, if authentic, confirm that the watch will sync with your phone via NFC. According to the first slide, a Bluetooth connection is made between a user's mobile device and their watch when the mobile device and charger (presumably the Gear's) are brought back to back.
The connection between watch and mobile will occur automatically, though there is an option to manually sync the two.
Telling time is so 2012
A round of applause for the first slide...done? OK, moving on to the second, we have a look at how users can tweak their watch's settings with Manager.
There's a paired watch, named SM-V700, and options that include Clocks, My Apps, Samsung Apps, Find my watch, Settings and Help.
We're not just looking at a timekeeper here. The Galaxy Gear should run a number of apps, including some proprietary to Samsung. Find my watch is likely a locator, because if you're like us, you lose watches.
However, it's still unclear if the Galaxy Gear needs a Samsung device to function, though we'd be extremely surprised if it worked with non-Sammy products. That said, it may not require a Galaxy to even work at all, and this leak could reveal that the Gear is meant to be an extension of a larger device more than anything.
Recent rumors have the Gear clocking in with two storage variants - 6GB and 8GB - plus 10 hours of battery life. A 2.5-inch OLED screen with 320 x 320 resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4MP camera and 1GB of RAM are also expected specs, while Jelly Bean is likely the Android on board.
Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, confirmed this week that the Galaxy Gear, which he called a "new wearable concept device," will be announced on Sept. 4 as part of the IFA tech show.
- Isn't there another big tech firm thought to be making a wearable gizmo? Oh yeah.