Samsung and Qualcomm file trademarks for smartwatch related devices
Samsung's filing had a primary description of the device that could have been for anything while the secondary description lists wristbands, bracelets, and "watches that communicate data to personal digital assistants, smart phones, table PCs, PDA, and personal computers through internet websites and other computer and electronic communications networks..."
Meanwhile, Qualcomm has trademarked the name TOQ for a device that will be a "personal communication hub in the form of a wristwatch; portable electronic devices for transmitting and reviewing text, data, image, and audio files; hands free devices for mobile phones; battery chargers." The company, not known for producing actual finished goods for consumers, could be ready to offer chipset solutions to smartphone manufacturers and might be readying a reference device to show the likes of Samsung, LG, Google and Microsoft what Qualcomm can offer them when it comes to powering a smartwatch.
source: Phandroid (1), (2)
1. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Well at least it isn't called Samsung Galaxy Gear...
2. kurtdean94 (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
WOW I've predicted that samsung will copy sony smartwatch and it became true!
3. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)
i hate samsung but even i would say this is not copying. Sony gave rebirth to computing - watch, pebble was there too then, and then everyone realized the potential of it and all companies are pouring in to make more cash from customers.
i frankly think one phone is more than enough gadget for me to carry. i wont be buying tablet unless im going on plane.
and smart watch is for kids and old people in my opinion, i dont need to check my heartrate nor look like Inspector Gadget.
its like those bluetooth headsets. people bought it, but they looked like complete idiots or wanabees.
5. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Seiko, a Japanese watch company, was one of the first to develop wrist computing technology. The first digital watch, which debuted in 1972, was the Pulsar manufactured by Hamilton Watch Company. "Pulsar" became a brand name which would later be acquired by Seiko in 1978. In 1982, a Pulsar watch (NL C01) was released which could store 24 digits, making it most likely the first watch with user-programmable memory, or "memorybank" watch.
Oh yeah because Sony invented the smartwatch, right?!
Butthurt haters nowadays, smh!
14. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
LOL butthurt samsung fanboy try to prove that sony didn't invent the first smartwatch. How desperate
15. iushnt (Posts: 644; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
but i don't buy products just because someone invented first..i'll buy because someone perfected it..just like the galaxy flagships
6. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Samsung introduced the first smart watch in modern form (touch screen, email, MP3 etc) back in 2009. The model was called Samsung S9110. And it still looks much better than the current smart watch designs from Sony, Pebble etc.
So guess who copied who now?
13. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
It's world first watch phone dumb ass not world first smartwatch
16. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Thats even better isnt it? It has touch screen, bluetooth, mp3, email etc plus phone features making it a watch phone! On top of that a much better design than the likes of Sony or pebble launched recently.
To make it easier for you to understand:
Watch Phone > Smart Watch.
Releasing A Watch Phone in 2009 with a good design > Releasing a crappy smart watch with poor design elements
4. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Everyone knew about Samsung, but Qualcomm's gettin' in the game too??