Samsung’s Gear SDK reveals Orbis design, UI, and specifications

Earlier today, Samsung released next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers. This SDK comes bundled with comprehensive documentation, sample apps, and explanation about the upcoming Gear smartwatch along with images that help developers in understanding the SDK better. After going through those things, we found some more details about the device, including its possible design and hardware specifications.

Samsung Gear A Orbis Render From Gear SDK

It will feature a round watch face with metal frame and a metal crown. The 1.18-inch circular display will have a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 305 ppi, which is higher than any other smartwatch from Samsung till date. The device will also come equipped with a bunch of sensors including accelerometer, gyrosensor, heart-rate monitor, pressure sensor, and magnetic sensor. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, and cellular radio.

Samsung Gear A Specifications

As you can see in the images, the rotating bezel can be used to navigate in software. It can be used to navigate through list of items, navigate between screens, zoom in and out of images, change certain values in the UI, and to change the volume.

The smartwatch can also be connected to Bluetooth devices like headsets, which can be used to take calls. Users can see notifications from apps installed on connected smartphone or tablet, take quick actions, delete a notification, or open the corresponding app on connected device. You can have a look at various interface UI elements and watch faces of the upcoming smartwatches in the screenshots below.

The device is currently codenamed as Project Orbis internally, but it might be released as the Gear A. It is expected to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 5 during IFA 2015.

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theonlymac
1 year 3 months ago

If it doesn’t have a camera unfortunately it is of no use to me :(

kronicle
1 year 3 months ago

Who’s the fool who can’t seem to calculate ‘resolution and ppi’ to come up with 1.18″ screen? It actually calculates out to 1.672″ at 360 x 360 resolution at 305ppi and that’s using my head, not my fingers and toes, like who ever came up with a screen size of 1.18 inches. Which is smaller than the average women’s watch face!

srz1977
1 year 2 months ago

Samsung Gear A/Orbis:
360×360 with a PPI of 305 = 1.669 inches diagonal
Actual display size = 1.18in × 1.18in = 1.39 in²
Samsung Gear A/Orbis real display size = 1.18in

Moto 360:
320×290 with a PPI of 205 = 2.1 inches diagonal
Actual display size = 1.41in × 1.56in = 2.19in²
Moto 360 real display size = 1.41in vertical/1.56in horizontal

LG G Watch R:
320×320 with a PPI of 245 = 1.84 inches diagonal
Actual Display Size = 1.3in × 1.3in = 1.69in²
LG G Watch R real display size = 1.3in

Huawei Watch:
400×400 with a PPI of 286 =1.98 inches diagonal
Actual display size = 1.4in × 1.4in = 1.96in²
Huawei Watch real display size = 1.4in

RichardDav3
1 year 3 months ago

Probably my next watch.

ProdByEchelon
1 year 3 months ago

I want it already

Wilksie
1 year 3 months ago

**Google nailed it with now integration.

Jaime Larios
1 year 3 months ago

Looks good, I’m just a little bit worried about the lack of an ambient light sensor.

Wilksie
1 year 3 months ago

I manage with my Gear 1 fine and that doesn’t have an ambient light sensor. They was only on the Gear S.

I really really like it. The hardware looks great and the interaction with the bezel ring works much better than I expected.

The hardware is seriously up to standard but the live or die moment would be is apps and content.

Google nestled it with “now”. Sammy needs to get something as powerful and as usable. Apps will be the key to its success so things like a partnership with Here like with the Gear S and WhatsApp etc.

Good watch faces are also the way forward and not low budget ones on the gear store currently.

Wilksie
1 year 3 months ago

WhatsApp, Here, Nike+, Tinder, Snapchat etc.

I’d suggest Google apps but that’ll never happen.

Apps people use on a daily basis and not some obscure apps a select few ‘niche’ users play with.

 
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