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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Samsung to Beat Apple to Market with 'iWatch' Competitor?




Screenshots alleged to be of a forthcoming Samsung smartwatch have been posted on the Korean message board Ruliweb (via SlashGear), suggesting possible competition for the rumored Apple "iWatch".

It is unclear whether the watch will be a self-contained product, or rely on a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone.

The claimed code name of the project, Altius, is causing some confusion, as SamMobile had previously reported this to be the code name for the Galaxy S IV expected to be launched on April 15, though other code names have been associated with that handset. The watch screenshots indicate that the device is running software called AltiusOS beta2, and an app navigation screen bears a resemblance to the tiles seen on Windows Phone.

SlashGear notes that the screenshots are 500x500 pixels, and suggests that this may be the resolution of the screen.

Apple and Samsung are of course not the only major electronics companies apparently seeking to break into the watch market, with Sony offering another example in the form of its Android-compatible SmartWatch. But given the tense relationship between Apple and Samsung, it is notable that the two companies appear to be preparing to face off yet again in a new market.

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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:34 AM   #3
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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Competition is always good for consumer even if most (maybe just the most vocal shall I say) of you wish there was only apple in the world.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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It was matter of time...
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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Competition is always good for consumer even if most (maybe just the most vocal shall I say) of you wish there was only apple in the world.
I agree, and I very much hope to see Samsung do more competing with innovation and less with copying. Copying is no good for the consumer--it's anti-choice. I want more CHOICE in the market, and less of "Apple + Apple clones." What can Samsung do all on their own? I'd like to see consumers be able to buy that.

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What is it with these watches all of a sudden? With people who actually wear watches being pretty slim these days, is there really a market here?
The idea I'm sure is that it's not really a watch. Just called that because it's on your wrist. It's another kind of device entirely, with time-telling being one of it's less important abilities.

An analogy a few years ago would be: "Almost nobody uses tablets. Why would Apple make one?"

As for why it's suddenly a "big deal" to report on... several reasons:

a) Apple is rumored to do it. (And they already started, a little, with the former Nano.)

b) ... um... no, that's about it. The media inflates vague Apple possibilities into big deals.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 07:10 AM   #8
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Competition is always good for consumer even if most (maybe just the most vocal shall I say) of you wish there was only apple in the world.
Well, competition is ok, but not in case when one competitor only copycat another.

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CD players
Flash memory
Pocket calculators
Quartz wristwatch
Bullet trains
Digial audio tape recorder

Wow to get a comment like that in our day and age. Seattlemoose is one bitter person.
Ok. Everything you named is INVENTED by west.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Competition is always good for consumer even if most (maybe just the most vocal shall I say) of you wish there was only apple in the world.
Pretty sure most people, even the most hardcore Apple apologists here, agree with that. However, many of us appreciate the benefits of true competition such that we're unwilling to lower the bar to include blatant copying as a form of competition. I've got no beef with Samsung, but I'd love to see them compete instead of mimic. Copying initiates a race-to-the-bottom mentality which hurts the market and floods stores with inferior products. Look at all the first-time smartphone buyers buying lousy Android devices because they're cheap. Is that a benefit of that kind of competition?

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Sadly Apple, the brand I highly respected for years, is beginning to fall behind. Not just talking about iWatch, but in many areas they once excelled in. Adrift in a sea of uncertainty it's frustrating to watch them become fragmented.

During Tim Cooks most recent speech he goes out of his way to bash OLED, yet behind the scenes Apple just hired the worlds top OLED engineer. Talk about confused & befuddled. It makes me wonder what the truth is about the Cupertino company I could rely on for years.
Wow, you've got me convinced that you're a long-time Apple user, especially when you have to keep saying it over and over again, the way nobody does ever.

Anyway, decrying the current state of some tech while hiring someone to work on it would seem to suggest that Apple is interested in exploring where it can go or what they can do with it in the future. Why is that so hard to figure out?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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Competition is always good for consumer even if most (maybe just the most vocal shall I say) of you wish there was only apple in the world.
Competition ≠ Plagiarism

Plagiarism is always bad for humanity even if some people in far east must have found an easy way for living in the world.


Bonus: Here are just a few of examples.

http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/up...Apple-iPad.jpg

http://cdn.mactrast.com/wp-content/u...Cable-Copy.jpg

http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_as...9applesam7.jpg

http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/up...iPod-touch.jpg

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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
Time to wake up Redmond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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so much ignorance in this thread
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 09:40 AM   #13
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I doth hereby patent the iRing. Put it on yer finger to:

1.) Unlock all your devices within proximity to your hand
2.) Vibration codes for push notifications
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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
Let's not forget the "development" of Google Play on Android. From an iOS App Store clone to a WinMo clone in one generation!
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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
That's what I was thinking!
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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
Once Apple releases their product, Samsung will copy it. Right now they don't really have anything to copy. And....they had to put something out there.
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Didn't voice control appear in their dumb tvs after a rumour that a possible Apple television product would have Siri voice control?
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 05:48 AM   #19
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Don't forget
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the walkman and hence portable music
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Flash memory
Pocket calculators
Quartz wristwatch
Bullet trains
Digial audio tape recorder

Wow to get a comment like that in our day and age. Seattlemoose is one bitter person.
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That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
... Maybe it's running Windows 8, it does run on ARM processors afterall.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 11:36 AM   #22
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Yea right

How is this even possible. They would have to see the released iWatch in order to copy it an release an identical version with the Samsung logo and Android OS. This article implies that Samsung actually has its own R&D department. It is not April 1st today.
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How is this even possible. They would have to see the released iWatch in order to copy it an release an identical version with the Samsung logo and Android OS. This article implies that Samsung actually has its own R&D department. It is not April 1st today.
With all of the leaks now all they have to do is watch the rumor sites to find out months in advance some times with pictures then see what they have applied for patents and then try to beat them to market. It's happened at least 5 times in the last couple of years.
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How is this even possible. They would have to see the released iWatch in order to copy it an release an identical version with the Samsung logo and Android OS. This article implies that Samsung actually has its own R&D department. It is not April 1st today.
Never fear. They will announce it now to release later in the year and while the first shots will look more like a Metro watch, when it releases it will be'inspired by' the iWatch
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How is this even possible. They would have to see the released iWatch in order to copy it an release an identical version with the Samsung logo and Android OS. This article implies that Samsung actually has its own R&D department. It is not April 1st today.

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