It has only been a couple of weeks since Samsung announced it highly anticipated Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but following the product’s poor reception rumours are already circulating that Samsung may release a successor as early as January next year.
The news was first reported by Korean news website Daum, who say their insider sources have confirmed Samsung have already commenced work on Galaxy Gear 2.
The Galaxy Gear was first announced at IFA Berlin only a fortnight ago, and its due to be released on 25 September. Amid speculation that a number of companies including Microsoft, Google, and Apple, are all working on their own smartwatch devices, Samsung hoped to jump the gun with its Galaxy Gear device, bringing a product to market before any of its rivals could.
Despite being hailed as a “fashion icon” by its designers, the inclusion of a colour screen, and the ability to make calls and texts through a linked smartphone, critics saw few positives in what was clearly a rushed product. Being only compatible with Galaxy Android devices, and with a battery that only lasts 8-hours per charge, there was much to be critical about regarding Samsung’s first smartwatch device.
Despite how young the market is, sales of around 5 million smartwatch units are expected next year according to tech consultancy Canalys. This number is set to rise quickly, with ABI research forecasting sales of over 30 million smartwatch units in 2015 alone.
For a hands on look at the Samsung Galaxy Gear jump to the 13 minute mark.