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March 19, 2013

Samsung confirms company is working on smartwatch

The rumor mill is flowing with so much speculations, especially on wearable technology. Now, Samsung takes from that rumor mill and confirms it – a Samsung Smartwatch may be coming.

SGS WATCH 480

Last February, the media picked up, from a Korean site, screenshots of what seems to be a device from Samsung running the mysterious Altius OS. It showed the time and a tile-rich interface, and that’s about it. It led us all into speculation of the rumored Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Just recently, Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s executive vice president, had an interview in Seoul and has confirmed it. “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee states.  “The issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully.”

Altius OS

Apple has been widely speculated to be working on a smartwatch as well, and it’s no surprise to us that the Korean giant is going to try to battle Apple once again in another turf. Wearable tech is something that we’re just getting prepared for this year, with other devices such as Google’s Project Glass coming into the mix.

The question now is, who will get these products to the market first?

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10 Responses to “Samsung confirms company is working on smartwatch”

  1. Freeje says:

    First one to market gets first mover advantage and the innovator title the rest will be called copycats.

    • niel
      Twitter: _niel_19
      says:

      tagal nang may smart watch

    • TacticalNinja says:

      @niel: Matagal naring merong touch screen phones, at tablets, and “Cellphones” in general.

    • r41 says:

      Sure they can have the first mover advantage and be called an innovator, but unless they protect it with patents, other manufacturers could just obtain their product, reverse engineer and improve it themselves. Less R&D costs, with a better product to boot. So IMO it’s not about being the first to release the product – it’s the one that releases the most refined one.

  2. benchmark says:

    Di ba meron na ang Sony nitong Smart Watch?

    Meron na nga din sa mga China Brand yung watch na you can call and SMS eh…plus I heard, may Camera pa at video, plus music.

    Apple has this Ipod Nano ba, na pedeng maging watch…yun lang, Smart na ba yun?

    • Melvin Ermita says:

      Meron ng ganyan ang SONY…SMARTWATCH that can connect to ur CP… pde mng mbasa yung mga msgs mo tru ur SMARTWATCH….at mrami pang features….

  3. Apple vs Samsung again. Sigh…

    • TacticalNinja says:

      This is actually a good thing to have. Rivaly = Good products. Sa competition at dissatisfaction nagkakaroon ng bago at magagandang technology. Kung lahat ng tao nasatisfy sa nokia 3210, or kung walang lumaban na company. Hanggang ngayon baka ganun parin mga phone natin ngayon.

  4. thecorrescode says:

    Samsung released SPH-WP10 watch phone in 1999.

  5. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    These things better be water and shock-resistant to a degree. A wrist-worn watch takes much more punishment than a regular smartphone.

    Pawis pa lang, yari na.

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