Get Ready for Some More Samsung vs. Apple Action – Samsung Confirms Its Plans to Release a Smart Watch
With the rise in popularity of connected watches like the Pebble, the rumor mill has suggested that Apple is working on its own version of a smart watch, which is designed to work in conjunction with the iPad and the iPhone. No one knows what such a watch will look like, or what it might do, but we’ve seen plenty of speculation.
The New York Times reported that Apple’s iWatch (as it has been deemed) might be made of curved Willow glass, flexible enough to wrap around a wrist, and according to Bloomberg, Apple has a team of 100 product designers working on the watch. Let’s hope those designers churn out something impressive, because as it turns out, Samsung is hard at work on its very own smart watch.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile business, said that the company has had a watch in the works for quite some time. “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” said Lee. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”
According to Bloomberg, Lee would not comment on the appearance of the watch, its features, what it might cost, or when it might go on sale, giving out little information other than letting the world know that Samsung is working on a watch.
Given Samsung’s penchant for copying Apple’s products, which led to the ongoing legal battle that recently cost the South Korean company more than half a billion dollars, the company is right to be tight-lipped about anything it is bringing to the table.
Samsung and Apple, once partners, have become bitter foes, hurling lawsuits left and right after Samsung released products that were too similar to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The battle between the two companies will continue with the smart watch, as they fight for a share of the emerging wearable electronics market.
Rumors have suggested that Apple may release its iWatch at some point in 2013. There’s no word on when Samsung might be ready to bring its product to market, but it is reasonable to assume that the company would target a release date near Apple’s. Gear up for a major smart watch territory fight this year, because both Apple and Samsung are going to battle for your dollars.