Samsung has flooded the smartwatch market segment with numerous offerings starting from the Galaxy Gear in 2013 alongside the Galaxy Note 3 to the Galaxy Gear Live based on Android Wear. The vendor has five such wearable devices in the market and one fitness band, the Gear Fit.
For quite sometime, there are speculations that Samsung is working on a circular smartwatch and it was expected to go official at the MWC 2015 tech show. But, there was no such luck to see a wearable getting launched alongside the flagship smartphones, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
In an interview, regarding the failure to announce a smartwatch at the MWC 2015, Young-hee Lee, Samsung’s Executive Vice President of Mobile Marketing claimed that they are planning to break the tradition of releasing smartphones and smartwatches together. He claimed that they are aiming to unveil a more perfect product.
Samsung filed for a patent last year for a round smartwatch with a rotating bezel ring for navigational purposes and a crown shaped power button. This patent matches the statement made by the Samsung executive.
Now, there are new details of the device that have surfaced showing that it will support image and object recognition. There appears to be barcode register that will work in coordination with Samsung Pay to help in the purchase of new products. It is also claimed to support gesture controls to enhance the software experience.
The circular smartwatch from Samsung is likely to be called Orbis and it is expected to take the user experience to an all new level. It is can be used as a necklace, armband, keychain and so on, and is expected to render a luxurious look and feel. The report adds that the Gear 2 camera will be a part of the Orbis smartwatch.