Samsung files plans for low cost “activity tracker” to join wearables range

Samsung is working on yet another wearables device with an FCC filing detailing a new screen-less wristband that will become part of the lower end of its range.

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Engadget reports that an FCC filing detailed an “activity tracker”, known as the S-Circle [model number EI-AN900A], that uses Bluetooth Low Energy and doesn’t have a screen.

It’s presumed that the wristband will work together with the company’s S-Health app for smartphones and also complement the additional health and fitness features that are an integral part of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

If it is eventually released the S-Circle will join Samsung’s fast growing range of wearables, which got its most recent update at the MWC 2014 show in Barcelona last month.

The S-Circle could well be a lower cost version of the Gear Fit, which was one of those that were unveiled at MWC 2014. That device is a slim-line wristband that features a small screen as well as a heart rate sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer that allow for detailed fitness tracking. It can be connected to other devices using Bluetooth 4.0 and uses Samsung’s own real-time OS to deliver information.

Samsung’s first encroachment into the wearables sector came in the form of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch that was released alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 back in September 2013. It has since updated the range with the Galaxy Gear 2 as well as a reduced price version that is branded the Gear 2 Neo.

The company’s confidence in the wearables sector is backed up by the heady numbers that some have predicted when it comes to the sector’s growth over the coming years.

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In October 2013 Berg Research stated that it expects the market, which stood at 8.3 million devices at the time, to experience a compound annual growth rare of 50.6 per cent and top 64 million devices by 2017.