Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the based Gear Live was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to be unveiled along with the LG G Watch. The Gear Live received good reviews and also did good sales for Samsung. However, its competitors in the smartwatch segment have both come up with new rivals. While LG has already teased and announced the release date for the G watch R which is the successor to the G Watch, Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 some days back to a phenomenal response from the public with the round-faced smartwatch selling out in hours. That said, there’s no way Samsung could not be gearing up for a second-gen Android Wear based smartwatch too and they indeed are.
But this is not as simple as it sounds. The second gen Samsung smartwatch which is yet unnamed is going to boast of a feature that no smartwatch has even been rumored of having.
A “high ranking official” from Samsung has made some revelations that truly are amazing. Going by what he said, the upcoming Android Wear based smartwatch will be boasting of features which include a ‘fingerprint scanner‘ and ‘new payment solutions‘ among other new features.
The new payment option will include a new form of integration to your Paypal account and also will display offers on stores nearby, informing you of all the deals and even letting you buy stuff before you even walk in there.
We have some detailed info regarding the fingerprint scanner too. reportedly, Samsung is teaming up with Synaptics to introduce the first of its kind fingerprint scanner on a smartwatch. Though there has been no official confirmation to this rumor, there are earlier reports that informed that Synaptics indeed is working on designing and producing biometric fingerprint scanners for wearables by the year 2015. So we actually could see Samsung coming up with the first ever fingerprint scanning smartwatch.
Rumors also have it that this upcoming smartwatch will be joining the rest of the smartwatches from Samsung in the Gear family. Its will reportedly be launched next year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February. The Apple iWatch is also scheduled for its unveiling at the same event which makes it very clear that Samsung plans to take on the iWatch with its new smartwatch. This competition could turn out be very interesting now since Samsung has been bringing devices around the same time as Apple to take on them.
So what do you think? Is introducing bio-metric fingerprint scanners on smartwatches a good option to enhance the security since new payment options are also being introduced? or do you think it makes the smartwatches more complicated to use? Do leave your views in the comments below and stay tuned for more updates.