Samsung VP confirms the company is working on a watch

Samsung VP confirms the company is working on a watch
During an interview in Seoul, Lee Young Hee came right out and said it, “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long. 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.”

Lee is the executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business and did not offer any comments about what the watch might do (besides tell time), or how the features would work. No mention was made of a release date or price point either.

About a month ago, some screen shots emerged of a purported Samsung Galaxy Altius smartwatch which seemed to be running an operating system called AltiusOS. The interface had an appearance akin to a Windows Phone tile layout rather than any kind of familiar Android widget action. This year, Samsung will be unveiling a number of new devices including an anticipated Tizen OS device.

As to which devices Samsung’s smartwatch would work with, it would seem safe to think that it will be a component that would work with Samsung’s bread-and-butter, and that is Android. The timing of the device will be interesting too, since we are also expecting Apple to have a watch product sometime in the near future.

For now though it is good news to see that such a product is in fact acknowledged by Samsung and that it is in the works. Unfortunately, we still do not know much about the product in any dimension other than it is a watch. We expect it will be a giant departure and advancement from the S9110 watchphone from 2009.  What would you like Samsung’s smartwatch to do for you?

source: Bloomberg

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50 Comments

1. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

ROFL!!! There is speculation that Apple is making a watch and Samsung announces that they are making a watch too.. Lets see who brings it first to the market and then go about suing the other... Not sure when they are going to grow up...

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i think Sony must sue both of them. LOL but Sony never seeks trouble.

9. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

this idea is not realy new.. even befor sony i had in 1995 a watch that named smartwatch.. with a secret built-in calculator :-) sorry 4 my english

50. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

ahm by the way i don´t need such a watch if i have a smartphone.. ^^ a im ok with my normal watch for 40€ i don´t need a samrtphone for 600€ (note 2) and a smartwatch for 200-500€ (i think)^^

13. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Don't kid me and please dont be such absurd either. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE EVERYTHING Let's say someone invented a steam car. And I invented a Diesel Engine. Question: Can't I make a car? Is it copy? You can patent wahtever you want but you cant patent a whole thing...like cars, Tvs, Computer etc..otherwise by now we all have same s**ts This patent war between Sammy and Apple misleads so many people..dear

37. SleepingOz unregistered

So according to you, sony invented the smartwatch? My god! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartwatch#1970s.E2.80.931980s

4. wendygarett unregistered

if the watch is the smartwatch, I'm sorry to say that Sony is the one who started it, not Apple dude... either way, I personally think that Google glass is even more innovation than making the watch :)

16. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

before sony's smartwatch, i think there exist smartwatch before sony

23. wendygarett unregistered

That's watchphones... It has no platform inside, sony smartwatch is an android devices...

38. SleepingOz unregistered

"In June 2000, IBM displayed a prototype for a wristwatch that ran Linux. The original version had only 6 hours of battery life, which was later extended to 12. It featured 8MB of memory and ran Linux 2.2." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartwatch#1970s.E2.80.931980s =]

21. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

Actually the first to make something like this was Lg, with the LG-GD910 3G Watch Phone way back in 2009. But as usual, others are taking credit. Just like Lg wasn't given credit for coming out with the first "iphonish" device. Apple took credit for that one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR50ZcHrmC0

29. MEeee

Posts: 427; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung is the first to make a watch phone in 1999.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_phone

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Hope u know that sony was the first too make a smart watch lg was the first too make a calling watch. Dont start laughing & saying samsung copies apple idiot.

30. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

What makes the Sony watch a smart watch? all it does is push content from the phone to the watch. the Lg watch is not a "calling watch", it is actually a phone. And the point is Lg come out with the first phone on hand idea (the first working prototype), which sony developed/took in a different direction several years later. bottom line, Lg was first

28. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Excuse me Samsung the copycat, Sony OR Sony Ericcson had it going years back!

51. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

you do understand that samsung has tried the smartwatch thing twice since 99? http://www.samsung.com/us/news/301

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Now everyone's into it! Sigh...now i can predict the future somehow. Everyone will have a smartwatch and will start a new trend of beefing up the hardware.

5. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

It was always going to happen, Apple make a watch then have Samsung do it too, whatever Apple DOES, Samsung is going to follow and make the product better.

6. kobine

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

i've got sony smartwatch and it's great. sony was the first to make smartwatches (there are 2 models out).

7. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well funny how sony has already made a watch so who's copying who ?

8. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Everyone borrows each others ideas and concepts, i wouldnt mind "freedom" of patent sharing, not I WILL SUE YOU!!! or YOU COPIED US!!! GIVE ME MONEY!!!

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i think the patent system should work in a way that says i wanna make this but you have the patent so i pay you royalties wether you want to allow me or not and get to make whatever

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Its easy, Samsung and Sony is gonna sue Apple, that's all. :)

46. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Apple will find a way to slip through, turn around and bitch slap Sony and Samsung so hard, Apple are cunning with their products, they squeeze every dollar and cent out of them.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

When will u guys stop? Sony makes the smart watch first. U dont see them going around suing everyone like apple.

47. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

We are not arguing/complaining ... we are discussing, isnt that what PA is for?

27. umadddd

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

except apple didnt make a watch DERP

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No but they are going to and unsurprisingly, Samsung is making one to. Can they be any more unoriginal?

31. MEeee

Posts: 427; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung is the first company to made a watch phone in 1999.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_phone

10. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Well, smartwatches just evolved from watchphones, which Samsung (S9110) and LG (GD910) already did years ago.

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