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Samsung Trademark application describes new Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung is readying to enter the smart watch market after filing a trademark for the "Samsung Galaxy Gear" device at the US Patent & Trademark Office.

A filing at the Office was made on 29 July. The trademark covers "wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle, capable of providing access to the Internet, and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages," according to Samsung's filing.

The application goes on, "the devices could also be used for the wireless receipt, storage and/or transmission of data and messages, and for keeping track of or managing personal information on smartphones, tablet computers and portable computers."

Microsoft has already developed a prototype Surface smart watch running a form of Windows 8, Sony has unveiled its SmartWatch 2, and Apple is believed to be developing an iWatch.

Sony's offering runs Android and is billed as a second screen for an Android smartphone, via a wireless link. It is expected to be available in September.

Sony's Smartwatch 2 will feature 1.6in screen, with the wearer able to read text messages, email and calendar reminders.

If Samsung does indeed enter the wearable tech market, it is also expected to bring out devices running Android.

Yesterday, the South Korean tech giant sent out invites to a special event on 4 September, where it is expected to launch the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3 phablet.