Samsung reveals Galaxy S5 with new wearablesAt Mobile World Congress, Samsung debuts the Galaxy S5 with fingerprint and heart-rate sensors, Gear 2 smartwatches, and the health-focused Gear Fit. But Samsung's not the only one this week showing off smarter wristbands.
Hold on to your chargers. There's a ton of mobile news to cover in under 3 minutes. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. The next wave of smartphones and gadgets are on display at Mobile World Congress going on now in Barcelona, and that's where Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy S5. It's Samsung's top of the line smartphone, which isn't too much different than the current Galaxy S4, but this upgraded model has the latest version of Android and it gets a fingerprint scanner on the home button, similar to its nemesis, the iPhone 5S. This is for unlocking the phone with your print instead of a password. On the back, there's a heart rate monitor next to the camera flash. You just press your finger on the sensor and it reads your pulse and it ties that data into the S Health app, which also tracks your exercise. And cast away your fears of water damage because the S5 is said to withstand a dunk in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. These new tricks are the headlines. The outside didn't change too much. It's about the same size. It does come in a few new colors. The back is dotted with these little dimples. Samsung also introduced a fitness wristband called the Gear Fit. It does more than just count steps. It also has a heart rate sensor on the inside and it will buzz to nudge you to keep going if you're starting to slow down in a workout. The glass on top is curved slightly, and it does show the time. There are new versions of Samsung's smartwatch. There's the Gear Neo and the Gear 2. This time, it's not Android powered, it's Tizen, and that's Samsung's own operating system, but it does do the same things. The Neo is the cheaper model without a camera and the Gear 2 has an IR blaster to use it as a TV remote. The camera and microphone have been moved from the wrist strap to the body. The battery is supposed to be better, lasting about two days before it needs to recharge, but it will only work when paired with some of Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets. All these new Samsung products will be available on April 11th, but Samsung was not the only one showing off wearable tech. Sony revealed that its smartband will go on sale next month in March, and it tracks more than just your fitness and sleep. Using Sony's Lifelog app, it creates this digital diary of your activities, like the games that you played and the music that you've listened to. It even tells you how much time you're spending on Facebook. And Sony's smartwatch too will soon have a Garmin app to show you directions on your wrist. Wristbands are hot. The Chinese phone maker, Huawei, showed off a fitness tracking band that can also be used as a Bluetooth headset. And HTC said it will have a smartwatch of its own ready by Christmas. That's your tech news update, but you can find more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.