EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 3146 - September 05, 2013     2 of 4

eBay Mobile App Launches on Your Wrist

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As more and more people turn to smartphones and tablets to do their online shopping, manufacturers are turning to wearable devices as the next new platform for the masses. Google's got Glasses, and now Samsung is readying its launch of a smart watch.

eBay was quick to announce that its mobile app will be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, which will become available on September 25th (October for U.S. consumers).

eBay explained people can buy and sell items on the go, and "users can also view all notifications on one screen and tap to view item details on a corresponding mobile phone." Galaxy Gear users can download the eBay app to easily keep up with their buying and selling activity - on their watch and Android device. They will receive key notifications, including:

  • Won an item
  • Newly listed items in their saved searches
  • Counter offer received
  • Best Offer received
  • Message received
  • Item sold

eBay Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures Steve Yankovich said in a statement that it's essential for eBay to experiment with every connected device that presents a logical use case. "If eBay wants to remain at the forefront of merging commerce and technology, we have to be all over these innovations and remember to try, pivot and evolve."

The $299 Samsung Galaxy Gear device features a 1.63-inch display with 320 x 320 pixel resolution and a 1.9 Megapixel camera. It also runs for 25 hours on a single charge and can run multiple apps. And oh yeah, it tells the time.


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