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Gadgets from Samsung – including the Galaxy Gear smartwatch – launched in India

The device was launched in that South Asian marketplace with a price tag of Rs. 22,990.

Samsung has now launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, its first wearable tech gadget, into the consumer market in India at a price tag of Rs. 22,990, which is just over $350 U.S. dollars.

It is expected to arrive on the shelves of retail stores in India on September 25, 2013.

Unlike the occurrence of the Galaxy Note 3 and previous Galaxy Gear pre-order availability expectations, Samsung has issued a confirmation that there will not be any bundled packages, so it will be possible to obtain these gadgets at a reduced price.

The smartwatch gadgets are a part of the latest Galaxy Gear line and was launched at IFA 2013.

Its launch occurred alongside that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at the same event. The smartwatch gadget has an OLED display of 1.63 inches. It also comes with S voice and it currently functions only with either the Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which is a Samsung tablet that also had its official launch at the same event.

That said, Samsung has said that it will soon be making its smartwatch compatible with other Galaxy gadgets, such as the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy SIII, and the Galaxy S4. The smartwatch is also able to display messages, make calls, take photos (with a 1.9 megapixel camera) and record videos.

The initial release of this smartwatch comes with 70 apps, which include a number of basic fitness applications, such as a step-counting passometer. However, it is Samsung’s hop that as a growing number of developers begin to create with this device in mind, the range of apps will rapidly increase.

The primary challenge of this smartwatch, as is the case with the majority of wearable gadgets, is said to have been approximately 27 hours as per the normal use tests conducted by Samsung.

Previously, the first wearable tech gadget from Samsung became available for pre-order alongside the Galaxy Note 3. The Note’s third generation was sold in India for Rs. 49,900 (approximately $775). That device has a 5.7 inch full HD display with Super AMOLED. However, it is considerably lighter and slimmer than the previous generation, as it is only 8.33mm deep, and weighs only 168 grams.

Gadgets such as smartwatches are presenting fierce competition

It is expected that they could soon become more popular than wearable fitness devices.

Wearable gadgets such as Galaxy Gear from Samsung and the smartwatches that are being designed by many major smartphone manufacturers could soon be providing the fitness device market with some considerable competition.

Many believe that these new devices, combined with the right apps, could outshine everything else out there.

It is expected that smartwatches could be a single gadget that could carve out the mhealth marketplace and – armed with the right fitness apps – may replace nearly all other forms of wearable fitness device. The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is only one of a rapidly growing category of devices that can be worn. In the case of that specific device, it comes with several apps already built in.

The apps in those gadgets could prove to be highly appealing to fitness enthusiasts.

Gadgets - Samsung SmartwatchWhen paired with certain similar gadgets that have already been announced from other major manufacturers such as Sony, and that are expected to be announced from both Qualcomm and Apple, it may be that Galaxy Gear will have a sizeable influence on the mhealth app marketplace. Experts in the industry say that it all depends on the evolution of the technology.

At the moment, Galaxy Gear has approximately 60 apps available. This is notable, considering that the first of these gadgets won’t ship until September 25, 2013 and that their retail price will be $299. One of the apps that is likely to become quite popular among fitness enthusiasts who own this device will be the step-counting accelerometer. Its owners will also receive an Azumio customized app that can be used for measuring their calorie burning, monitoring their heart rate, and even snapping pictures of the foods that they are consuming, through the use of the camera that is built into the Gear.

These gadgets can be combined with other mobile communications devices – such as smartphones and tablets – and will then become capable of surfing the web, sending email, and accessing social media. That last feature is expected to be combined with certain apps that will “gamify” their fitness through sharing achievements in weight loss, walking, running, and other areas.