Report: Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch won’t make calls after all

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, expected to launch early next month, will not make phone calls self-sufficiently, despite confusing reports suggesting otherwise last week.

Bloomberg sources had intimated the device would be able to “make phone calls” and would contain cellular tech, making it more of a ‘watch phone,’ rather than a smart watch.

That information was surprising, because it had been contrary to all speculation to that point, which had suggested the wearable device would be more of a companion device, for Samsung’s range of Galaxy smartphones rather than a potential replacement.

However, The Verge has moved to clarify the situation on Monday and have been informed, through its own sources, that the device will work with phones, but won’t be a phone.

 “It works with phones,” a source told the site, just like smart watches like the Pebble, but  “the watch is not a phone,” like the LG Watch Phone effort of a few years back.

The Galaxy Gear is set to be announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event on September 4 and will more-than-likely hook up with smartphones through a Bluetooth connection. That will enable calls to be answered using the device.

The Galaxy Gear is also set to allow users to answer emails, read messages, access social networks and more. Are you excited to take a glimpse at what Samsung has in store in a couple of weeks time? Let us know in a couple of weeks time.

Next up: Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch available in October

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor