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Definition: Samsung Gear S


Samsung's first stand-alone smartwatch. Introduced in 2014, the Tizen-based Gear S featured Bluetooth for smartphone connectivity and 3G cellular for calls with a built-in phone number. GPS navigation, 24-hour news and health apps were standard. Cellular capability became an option in the successor to the Gear S line (see Galaxy Watch). See Samsung Gear, Tizen and smartwatch.




A Smartwatch and Phone
Samsung's fourth smartwatch within two years, the Gear S was the first watch with its own telephone number. (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.)






The Gear S2
In 2015, the second generation switched to a round bezel. Subsequent models increased a few millimeters with more RAM, storage and battery life. (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.)






Like Dick Tracy's Watch (1946)
This two-way radio became synonymous with Dick Tracy, the comic-strip super detective created by Chester Gould from 1931 to 1977. (Image courtesy of copyright holder Tribune Content Agency LLC. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.)