Samsung Confirms Work on Smart Watch Project

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    Bloomberg reports that Samsung has confirmed last month's rumors that it is working on a smart watch. With rumors of Apple working on its own "iWatch" project for launch as soon as later this year, it appears that the two rivals will be be going head-to-head yet again as the battle over mobile devices widens.
    The report notes that Samsung may be able to offer a pricing advantage over Apple given that it controls its own chip and display production, undoubtedly two of the highest-cost components of a smart watch.

    Apple has been reported to have 100 product designers working on its smart watch project, toying with curved glass and considering such features as biosensors and mapping functionality. The watch will also reportedly run a "full" version of iOS, making for easier integration and developer access. Battery life is said to be a challenge for Apple, however, with current prototypes lasting only about two days between charges, roughly half of Apple's goal.

    (Photo: Samsung S9110 watchphone)

    Article Link: Samsung Confirms Work on Smart Watch Project
     
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    If by development, you mean waiting until Apple develops theirs for ideas :D
     
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    The biggest innovation I look forward to seeing is how Apple, Samsung and any other company overcomes the battery longevity issues for such a small device.

    If they have a significant breakthrough, it could lead to much improved performance in other mobile devices.
     
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    Translated to "we will see what Apple offers and do that"
     
  5. macrumors member

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    "We've been preparing the watch product for so long,"

    This sentence seems preemptively defensive.
     
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    It seems Samsung cannot come up with own innovative idea...but is quick with coping someone’s.
    The only hope for Apple is to do it right
     
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    Samsung will be kept busy if Apple keeps "leaking" some smoke screen projects every day.
     
  8. macrumors G5

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    Of course it does. Now why do you figure it might be :rolleyes:

    You only have to look at this forum for the answer. In fact - scroll up.
     
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    Smart. Confirm on an ongoing project before Apple, so that they can't be sued when apple would actually launch the iwatch. :D
     
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    "We've been preparing the watch product for so long,"

    Yeah... like since they heard Apple was doing something. Samsung fans can say what they want, but Samsung is copy cat... a darn good one too.

    It would be interesting to see both watches from Apple and Samsung at the same time.... and see who really has the better feature set. But that won't happen... Apple will be first.
     
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    Well that's a huge surprise.
     
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    Wow. Great. Trinkets.
     
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    LOL! Yeah.... they should really leak some outlandish thing and see if Sammy responds with their own on-going plans. Would be funny especially if Apple would then come out and say it's BS. :)
     
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    Apple doesn't even make a watch and Samsung is already copying it!

    Wah!
     
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    I'me not even remotely interested...

    ...in any computer watch.

    I will gladly take my Omega's, JLC or Stowa's anyday instead...

    I could be interested if it somehow would still have real hands.
     
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    It will be interesting. Feature set will be the best arbiter.

    But it IS entirely possible Samsung has been working on a watch. Smart watches aren't a new idea. They just haven't been successful.

    Just like I'd be curious what Apple could possibly bring to a TV that people would ditch their current one for because it was a "must have."

    I'm interesting to see what watch ideas are offered. Can't say I'd be interested in buying one as I'm not a big watch wearer anyway.
     
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    I've had one of these things in 2006.. not a big deal, costs about 80-100$
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    http://dx.com/p/i5-gsm-wrist-watch-phone-w-1-8-resistive-screen-quad-band-single-sim-and-fm-black-133818
    http://dx.com/p/watch-style-et-1t-gsm-touch-phone-w-1-5-resistive-single-sim-quad-band-and-fm-black-122103

    i don't really care about them, but apple might be able to turn that around. Only if they re-imagine the thing to something useful, beautiful and actually usable. It's how they managed to grab the phone market, the tablet market, media player market, and the digital music market.
     
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    So you are all slamming Samsung for comming with a product that is according to you based on Apple ideas?

    The smartwatch from Apple is only a rumour and only a rumour. You can't base any argument on rumors. '' A source within Apple report the company is working on flying tv's.'' Yes, clearly a valid point to slam Samsung.
     
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    Sounds like such a blanket statement on Samsungs part. Oh yeah, we've got one of those too... But we started working on ours first, I mean soooooo long.
     
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    Troll bait article. Samsung's made their smart watches since 1999 and the picture that is shown is from 2009.

    But don't let the facts keep macrumors from doing it's thing....
     
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    Who wouldn't want this?

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    ooo, this thread is going to be entertaining :cool:
     
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    Yep. Just like there were smart phones before the iPhone, right? Name anyone who could name one.
     
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    Wonder if Samsung will get theirs out first just to sue Apple for Copyrights when they ship theirs.
     
  25. macrumors 6502

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    "We have been working on it for sooo long. I mean, like, really long. We can make a new smart phone every 10 minutes, but the watch....whew that takes a loooong time."

    "Aren't you just waiting to see the specs on the Apple watch and then just copy it?"

    "No, we're just waiting to get it just right."

    "So when is your watch coming out?"

    "About 3 months after Apple's"

    "But Apple hasn't announced when/if it will be released."

    "Buahahahahahahahahahah... ahem, sorry I have cold."
     

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