Samsung to Beat Apple to Market with 'iWatch' Competitor?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    Article Link: Samsung to Beat Apple to Market with 'iWatch' Competitor?
  2. madsci954, Feb 15, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013

    madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
  3. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
  4. dBeats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2011
    That looks a helluva lot like a B&W windows 8 metro theme. Samsung decided to copy someone else rather than poke the Apple?
  5. ForzaJuve macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2009
    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.
  6. Goldmansachs macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
  7. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    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.
  8. Macrolido macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Monterrey, Mexico
  9. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    Saint Louis, MO
    Posted yesterday on SamMobile, plus a list of reasons why these are completely fake:

    First of all Samsung doesn’t use codenames on their splash screen, like you can see in the first image Samsung Galaxy “Altius”. The UI doesn’t meet Samsung’s UX guidelines and Samsung never uses mirror effect on their branding, like you can see in image 3-5. One more thing, in image 3 & 4 it says code “altios” not “altius”.
  10. chakdey macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
  11. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Call it the iWatch !!!

    Be the first Samsung!


    Steve walks out.

    Says it couldn't be done.

    But we did it guys.

    We put in a curves glass in a watch.

    We call it the iWatch.

    And it's our best iWatch yet!
  12. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    "Apple v Samsung in watch face-off"
    "Apple v Samsung in hand to hand combat"
    (possibly followed by "Apple v Samsung call time-out")

    The headline writers are going to have a field day with this one..
  13. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
    I mean..what is Samsung going to release?

    They don't have anyone to copy for the device/OS.
  14. rudychidiac Suspended


    May 2, 2012

    I don't think that's even a watch… The elements are so tiny for a smart watch! Unless Samsung is planning to make a smart watch with a 3" display…
  15. Zunjine macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2009
    Good point!

    Even at the size they're on here you can barely read the time at the top. Can't be a watch with elements that small.
  16. drnick13 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2009
    Altios.... Alt-iOS????

  17. TonyHouston macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2013
    Most of these watches are doomed for failure

    Most of these watches are doomed for failure. It doesn't matter how elegant the OS is, or how responsive the touchscreen is, or even how vibrant the display is. Each time you touch the screen you black out a huge portion of display. Can you imagine if you have an oversized hand. Guess what most men do. A possible solution would be the pointing device from Crucialtec. How else would they do it?
  18. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    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.
  19. MichaelJohnston macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2007
    San Luis Obispo
    If they put something out before Apple, they'd be first but there's a much greater likelihood that it'll suck without an interface to copy. However, it could help them gain momentum so they can come out with something much better after they see what Apple does. Either way, it could be a win-win for Samsung.
  20. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Not really beating it to market if it turns out to be crappy. There have been plenty of smart watches, and they have all been terrible. Not until the pebble has anyone really started to get things right, but who is to say Samsung can do any better?

    Really, the whole part of the rumor about the 'iWatch' is that it is something Apple has probably been developing for a long time now, and if it comes out it would offer something new and work really well (ideally).

    Nobody really knows anything about anything though, so it's all market hype and as usual the armchair analysis is super high.
  21. jm001, Feb 15, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013

    jm001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    No no. The watch will be size of your forearm. According to Android smartphone manufacturers bigger has to be better. It'll be just like the forearm computer that Judge Dredd wore in the movie Dredd.

    As I've said before a smartwatch should work as a standalone device and perform as a regular watch BUT also act as an extension of your phone connecting via bluetooth. Have certain apps on your phone interact with the watch like mobile payments, messages, emails, other notifications.
  22. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
    My guess is what Samsung will release will be...wait for it...a digital watch.

    That's the only thing they can copy at this time...or the last gen iPod Nano.
  23. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
  24. OtherJesus macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    Oh man did I call it or what? Bwah ha ha ha ha.
    See my last posts in a precious thread.

    Oh man this is so funny. samsung is priceless.
  25. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009

    *as soon as Apple releases their iWatch, we'll be able to show you what ours looks like and how it will function.

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