The main design aspect of the Gear A is the circular display making it look more like a regular wrist watch. Samsung has effectively confirmed this a while ago by releasing an SDK for the next Gear watch. "We are collaborating with our global partners to provide a better Samsung Gear experience for users. We welcome more developers to join us on this journey." said Samsung.
The site shows various round interfaces including CNN, Yelp, FidMe and apposter. Developers can get early access to the SDK by applying but it more interestingly implies that the Orbis/Gear A will use Samsung own Tizen operating system rather than Google's Android Wear.
Like the Apple Watch, Samsung's Orbis will use a crown shaped power button but won't offer the same functionality as its fruit flavoured rival. Instead, a rotating bezel ring around the edge will be used by the user page navigation and device control, as confirmed by the Gear A SDK (thanks to TizenExperts for the below illustration). The crown, meanwhile, will supposedly wake the screen, launch S Voice with a double tap and send an emergency message.
As the below patent shows, the Gear A could use a display which divides up the display like a pie chart to show the schedule for one day.
There are various rumours on the specs including a built-in camera and sensors for object, image and barcode recognition. The usual heath related hardware such as a heart rate monitor and the Gear A might even be usable as a key for your car and a remote for your TV. Samsung is likely to use its own Exynos 14nm processor inside the Orbis (which now seems even more likely based on the above tweet) and it will also have wireless charging.
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