Smartwatches are constantly evolving with new features in both the software and the hardware, and everyone takes a different approach. One of the most crucial features on a smartwatch is the method of navigating the software. With Android Wear, almost everything is done only with the touch screen. On the Pebble, it’s all hardware buttons. On the Apple Watch, you have a combination of the two, plus the digital crown. However Samsung may be changing things up a bit with their next smartwatch, the Gear A, and I can’t wait to see the results.
Now keep in mind this isn’t totally confirmed, but based on the available information it seems the most likely scenario. The Samsung Gear A is the company’s first round smartwatch, and it’s coming soon, but we really don’t have much in the way of specifics on it. In a recent Tizen Developer Summit held in India, Samsung showed off a new feature of Tizen 2.3.1 for the Gear A which appears to confirm the rotating bezel ring. On display in the picture below, we see a screenshot of a “set date” screen. However there are no visible on screen options to change it. This screen is highlighting a feature called rotary which would use the hardware to change the information on screen.
As I said this isn’t confirmed, but it does seem likely as there have been rumors for some time that the watch would have this feature. Of course at the same time, Samsung could simply be adding a digital crown as Apple did.
We’re expecting to see this new Tizen update and the Samsung Gear A on August 13th alongside the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge +. What do you think of this feature? Is it something you’d consider useful? Let us know in the comments.