CUPERTINO, Calif. — It’s still officially summer, yet major electronic companies have already revealed a slew of holiday gift ideas: iPhones of different colors, video game players, and a new category of wristwatches designed to mimic the functionality of smartphones.
Much of the early attention has been on smartwatches. Although the devices have been around for years, consumer interest has been low. Samsung Electronics Co. is hoping to change that with its $300 Galaxy Gear. When it’s linked wirelessly with newer Samsung phones and tablets, the Gear lets you set alarm clocks, check e-mail and Facebook updates, and make phone calls on your wrist, secret agent-style. The watch will be available in a few weeks in six colors.