Samsung will reportedly launch its next generation of smartwatch at the IFA trade show in September. The company has registered a new trademark in its domestic market of South Korea, in preparation for the release of the Samsung Gear S2 follow-up.
As Android Wafer wrote recently, surprisingly little has leaked about Samsung’s plans ahead of IFA 2016. But it is believed that the Berlin trade show will see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet, and it now appears that the slate will be joined by the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch.
Although there is little known about the specs of either the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 or the Samsung Gear S3, the new trademark has provided a hint about the smartwatch.
Samsung has registered the ’Gear S3 Frontier’ moniker, with the trademark application publishing a description of: “Computer interfaces, namely, software interfaces with multi health devices to record health conditions.”
The description, alongside the Frontier name, suggests the product is likely to be designed around fitness use, as well as outdoor pursuits such as trekking. If this is the case, then it is probable that the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will include GPS.
There was actually a version of the Samsung Gear S2 that featured GPS, although it was not always widely available. In the UK, for instance, the Samsung Gear S2 classic 3G – the edition of the smartwatch that offered GPS support – was sold exclusively via the O2 mobile network.
Android Wafer does not believe that the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will be the only smartwatch released by Samsung in 2016.
Last year, the standard Samsung Gear S2 was released alongside the Samsung Gear S2 classic. In 2016, it is likely that the Samsung Gear S3 will have multiple editions, with the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier being one of the models.
An aspect of the Samsung Gear S3 that will probably continue on from the company’s 2015 smartwatches is the operating system. Samsung has moved over to its own Tizen OS when it comes to smartwatches.
But although Samsung is unlikely to deploy Android Wear on the Samsung Gear S3, Tizen is nonetheless compatible with Android devices.