• Samsung to unveil ‘smartwatch’ next month

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    Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 is seen during its unveiling in this March 14, 2013 file photo at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Smartphones took a majority of mobile phone sales worldwide for the first time in the April-June quarter, a survey showed August 14, 2013. The report by the research firm Gartner found smartphone sales totaled 225 million in the second quarter, or 51.8 percent of all mobile phones sold in the period. The survey found Samsung remained the leading vendor of smartphones and all mobile phones. AFP PHOTO

    PARIS: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics will unveil its new Galaxy Gear “smartwatch” early next month, ahead of Apple’s iWatch, Bloomberg news and a fan site said over the weekend.

    The Galaxy Gear, which will allow users to make calls, access email and even surf the Internet, will launch on September 4, said the sammobile.com site.

    The world’s top handset maker will also launch its new Galaxy Note 3 on that day, the site reported.

    Bloomberg said the first version of the smart watch would not have a flexible screen.

    Wearable computing, including Google’s Glass eyewear, is considered as the next frontier in consumer electronics following smartphones.

    In June, Sony unveiled the latest version of its SmartWatch, which links with smartphones to receive alerts about phone calls, emails and updates from social networks and also includes a music function.

    Samsung’s US rival Apple has long been rumored to be working on introducing an “iWatch”, which would represent the biggest gadget launch by the firm since the iPad mini last year.

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