Enables secure system for 3G connectivity on latest Samsung smartwatch
Gemalto, provider of digital security, has provided technology to allow users of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch to securely connect to mobile networks.
Users will be able to make voice and data calls, check emails and notifications, and access applications, directly from their wrist without being tethered to their smartphones.
The wearables market is poised for a rapid growth with worldwide shipments set to exceed 126 million units by 2019, according to IDC. Many smart wearables are coming to market, driven by consumer demands for a more convenient and connected lifestyle.
According to a GfK survey conducted across five countries – China, Germany, South Korea, UK, and the US – 56% of smartphone owners say that cellular connectivity is an important factor in buying a smartwatch.
Said Suzanne Tong-Li, president for greater China and Korea at Gemalto: “This is yet another milestone in our successful cooperation with Samsung, following the recent launch of Samsung Pay in Europe. As the Internet of Things evolves and focus shifts towards smart wearables that go beyond reporting and monitoring, we will support Samsung to design many more innovative products to reach specific markets.”