Samsung Gear S4 could face fierce competition from LG’s Wear OS smartwatch

New details related to the Samsung Gear S4 have surfaced. According to the latest reports, Samsung is planning to launch the successor to the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Classic in the coming months. The device is reportedly codenamed Galileo internally.

However, competitor LG could be hoping to beat the highly-anticipated Samsung’s Gear S4 to market, and a new patent filed with the FCC in the US suggests they may even copy one of the Gear range’s important features.

LG has patented a design for their latest wearable device, which seems to highlight that the next LG watch will use a carousel-style circular app interface – like that on the Gear S3 — as opposed to the vertical scrolling app lists used by other Wear OS devices.

Samsung Gear S4 features, price and release date

This may be a huge hint towards what we can expect from future smartwatches running Google’s software. Google recently added a slew of Assistant features to Wear OS, and a new smartwatch could be an ideal showcase for those upgrades.

A report from AndroidHeadlines claimed that LG was readying the Watch Timepiece, a unique hybrid that would blend a Wear OS device (including a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 display) with a quartz watch. In fact, the report suggests that after the smartwatch runs out of battery life, it’ll still be able to just show the time for up to 100 hours.

They also report that it will have a stainless steel case, run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 2100 processor, and have 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. To the disappointment of many, the Watch Timepiece wouldn’t have GPS or NFC, although it will have a motion sensor and be both water and dust resistant.

The Gear S4 will feature improved internal hardware and place a specific focus on enhanced health and fitness tracking functionalities enabled by Samsung’s S Health service, including more in-depth sleep monitoring — the LG phone will have its work cut out to match its appeal – which might well be part of the reason LG is set to launch it well ahead of the latest offering from their South Korean rivals.

Samsung is supposedly planning to debut the Gear S4 later this year but no more specific timeframe has been provided. With the Gear Sport and Gear S3 families debuting at the last two iterations of IFA, the next flagship wearable offering from Samsung may follow the same pattern and end up being unveiled at this year’s edition of the Berlin, Germany-based electronics show.

IFA 2018 is running from August 31 through September 5 and may also end up being the event that sees the announcement of the Galaxy Note 9. No information on pricing is available yet.

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