Wearable Tech World Feature Article
September 10, 2013

Snapchat Micro Brings Discreet Messaging to the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Last week was something of a milestone for the wearable technology industry as the Samsung Galaxy Gear was officially introduced. While some may look at the Gear and see just another smartwatch, it’s a little more significant than that. Samsung is a huge force in consumer electronics and has so far proven unstoppable with its Android smartphones. As such, the company releasing an Android-powered smartwatch can be viewed as the moment that sparked the mainstream movement toward wearable technology.

Even without considering the broader market, the Galaxy Gear is an interesting device. It sports a 1.63-inch display and a 1.9-megapixel camera, comes loaded up with a number of featured apps — including Evernote, eBay, RunKeeper and Vivino Wine Scanner, to name a few — and can even place calls.

Of course, that’s all stuff that comes stock; since the Galaxy Gear runs Android, it’s not much of a leap to expect more apps to be rolled out. For example, Snapchat has released a version of its picture messaging app specifically meant for the Gear.

Called Snapchat Micro, the app lets users send snaps right from their wrists. Considering Snapchat’s M.O. — allowing users to control how long their messages can be viewed for — this is a pretty appropriate addition to the Gear, which already sort of feels like a spy device.

“Our team is constantly looking at ways to reduce the time between our experience of a moment and our ability to share it,” said Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel. “The Snapchat Micro app is an experiment we’re really excited about.”

Another noteworthy app that was ported to the Samsung Galaxy Gear recently is Pocket Listen, a service that allows users to better access Pocket lists while on the go. Just like with Snapchat, Pocket Listen fits perfectly with the Galaxy Gear, allowing users to access the app’s content without even pulling out a smartphone.

Overall, there have been around 70 apps announced for the Galaxy Gear.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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