Where the jury's still out on smartwatches, fitness trackers are flourishing. Samsung has taken notice, reportedly prepping a health-centric wearable device ahead of February's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The tentatively named Galaxy Band will make its debut at MWC, according to South Korean news site DDaily, which tipped features in the device like a pedometer, route guidance, and smart tracking sensors for motion, pressure, and humidity.
Users will be able to sync the wristband via Bluetooth with other Galaxy gadgets, including the Gear smartwatch (pictured) and S4 phone. And with no mention of a Gear-like, built-in camera, this new fitness tracker will likely be lighter and sleeker than its smartwatch cousin.
In a translated DDaily report, the site also tips plans for voice controls in conjunction with Samsung's Internet of Things ecosystem, perhaps for use with the tech giant's TVs, sound systems, and home appliances.
Dutch site Galaxy Club weighed in on the rumours, citing a US patent application for a flexible-screen device, filed more than a year ago and published last week. There is no mention in the filing of a fitness tracker other specific gadget.
A Samsung representative told us that the company "does not have anything new to share at this time.
This would not mark the Korean company's first foray into health tracking. Alongside the release of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone in March, Samsung launched the S Health app, as well as the S Band pedometer bracelet. The S Band tracks a user's daily activity—much like the Fitbit or Nike+ FuelBand. But unlike those gadgets, Samsung's bangle never took off.
The rumored Galaxy Band, however, could become a viable option for health-conscious consumers next year.