Samsung's latest patents show smartwatches with round faces

Samsung's latest patents show smartwatches with round faces
Three new design patents awarded to Samsung on Tuesday by the USPTO, show rounded smartwatch faces. This is unlike the rectangular shape of the watch face on all of Sammy's current smartwatches. While there will be some who will accuse the company of ripping off the round watch face seen on the Motorola Moto 360, the patents were actually filed on March 15th, 2013, well before Motorola unveiled its Android powered timepiece.

The trio of watches include a camera on each of the three bracelets, that allows the device to respond to gestures. On the clasp for each model, is a port for plugging in a charger. The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the first of Samsung's smartwatches to be released. Originally powered by Android, in May, Samsung released an update that turned the watch into a Tizen powered timepiece. But this was not necessary with the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Both of those smartwatches came out of the box powered by Tizen.

Last month, Samsung switched back to Android for the launch of the Samsung Gear Live, and powered the new model with Android Wear. That is a specific version of the platform designed for wearables. Like all of the other Samsung branded smartwatches that have been released, this model features a rectangular screen.

If Samsung does follow through on the just awarded patents, we could see a more rounded design on the manufacturer's next smartwatch. There are some who complain that a round screen will cut off words, or parts of an image that could be displayed in its entirety, on a rectangular screen. On the other hand, even though it has not been released, there is a large contingent of Moto 360 fans who love the round design of the smartwatch.

source: USPTO (1), (2), (3), MobileGeeks (translated) via AndroidCentral



1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

finnaly they realize that square looks like sh**

13. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I believe square can look good, sexy, and classy if designed properly and not like some spy watch you'd buy at Toys R' Us for $19.99.

2. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Motorola vs Samsung = Trendsetters vs followers...

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Date of patent filing: March 15, 2013. Just saying..

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I bet that you're one of those who, when Apple was suing Samsung for copying the ipad's design, were saying that rounded corners cannot be patented...

14. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Because they can't. Period.

16. willard12 unregistered

I bet you will never hear about a court case in which Samsung sues a company for making a round watch.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Samsung sued others including Apple, but Apple settles those things fast, without delaying, or dragging it out hoping the product in question gains momentum or sells enough before it's banned. Samsung has done this over and over again. Infringe (sometimes blatantly), gets sued, delay for as long as possible, try to counter-sue, loose, pay the piper.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Ultimately, profit is all that matters. BTW, Galaxy Note series, tablet with ~2k AMOLED panels, 85 inch UHD OLED television and world's first A15 cortex dual core processor are just few of the innovations during the past years.

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012


5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

And if somebody employs similar design, like semi-rounded edges , they have to pay royalties? lolwut?

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now people will say it's copied from Motorola.

8. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Samsung next Galaxy S6 will be round as well.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think i want to patent pants with round pockets.

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Omg!.. All these dam patents!.. Just make your dam products and whoever looks the best won!.. Dam these patents freaks!

12. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Of course they're going to keep the rectangular ones and add the rounded ones. Samsung has a lot of smartphones, now they're going to have a lot of smartwatches!

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Typical samsung - throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. So far "square" didn't stick or maybe they now think apple is making iWatch round and now trying to beat them to the release again. I wish u luck samsung - scraping the barrel is your best shot.

17. willard12 unregistered

Another idiot that didn't bother to read the article and check the date of the patent. Typical moron that repeats old clich├ęs like "see what sticks." I guess widgets stick, large screens stick, mms sticks, 4g sticks, notifications stick, command centers stick. So, who is the innovator?

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


19. AlikMalix unregistered

First, who the hell are you to call someone you dont know an idiot and a moron. I read the article it looked like they did an about face on round and set of to make a square probably based on a rumored designs from Apple (meaning they could still release a round one just to cover all shapes before Apple makes one) - that's why I said "So far square didn't stick or maybe they now think apple is making iWatch round and now trying to beat them to the release again." It's a speculation on what's going on inside their design team, I'm allowed to speculate right? Second, I can name a few good things Samsung did - Smartwatch isnt one of them - In my opinion it was motivated by a reaction to the rumors about Apple's iWatch (regardless of patents filed - I'm sure Samsung (and Apple) have patents filed for every thing imaginable back in the 90's. And Last, Samsung does throw everything out there and hope something "STICKS" - proven by a weekly release of new phones (and old ones designed as new). There are hundreds of things that did not STICK: Face Unlock, Smart Pause, Smart Stay, S-Voice, Heartbeat Sensor, Tizen for their SmartWatch, just to name a few... Large Screens was the only way Samsung can sell a phone (see sales of mini versions). Widgets aren't Samsungs idea (it was on a Mac first). Notifications are more annoying than helpful. It's not innovation if you're pushing all you got - you gotta perfect it, care about how it will improve experience of a user - not frustrate him... You probably like bunch of bits and pieces to tinker with scraped together for an OS - and that's fine - I will not call you an idiot or a moron. But based on your post, you're an ignorant fanboy. Go change a font on your phone or something...

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