MWC 2014: Given success of Galaxy smartphones and recall of Fitbit Force, Samsung Gear Fit could rule wearables

Summary:Samsung sells millions of smartphones and dominates the Android market while Fitbit's Force has been one of the most popular fitness bands. The attractive Samsung Gear Fit may be timed perfectly to succeed in the wearable market.

MWC 2014: Given success of Galaxy smartphones and recall of Fitbit Force, Samsung Gear Fit could rule wearables
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I am a fan of the wristband wearable and Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit looks to have potential to succeed in this market. A device that combines life activity tracking and basic smartwatch functions while also being stylish may have me putting the UP24 and my watch aside.

Fitbit has been one of the most popular wristband trackers and the Fitbit Force is often hard to find in stock. Unfortunately, they just issued a recall due to reported skin irritation so there is an opportunity for someone to step up with a great device.

The Samsung Gear Fit is a sleeker alternative to the new Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo devices just announced yesterday. CNET has some hands-on photos of the Gear Fit.

The Gear Fit is also powered by Tizen and does provide notifications and alerts from your connected Galaxy device. It doesn't have a speaker, microphone, or camera, which sounds perfect to me.

The Gear Fit has a 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED display and is geared towards the fitness/health market. It connects to the range of S Health apps on Samsung Galaxy devices and tracks steps, monitor your heart rate, and coach you to your goals.

The bands are interchangeable so you can swap out different colors when you want to go wild or conservative. It is IP67 rated for water and dust resistance too. Pricing is not yet know, but it should be available in early to mid April.

Topics: Mobility, Enterprise Software, MWC, Samsung


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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