Why the big push for computerized watches? It's not coming from consumers, says
"We've had smartwatches for a while, and while the capabilities and technology have gotten better, this is still not something that people are clamoring for," Gaw says. "The idea that it would ramp up for the holidays was always kind of a stretch."
That hasn't stopped gadget makers from trying. Companies are under pressure to create a new source of buzz now that consumers are no longer wowed by the latest smartphones and tablet computers. Many people already have those devices, and the new ones out this year are evolutionary rather than revolutionary.
Gaw says many gadget makers see an opportunity to jump in with a smartwatch, before a behemoth like Apple is able get its rumored iWatch ready.
Another smartwatch getting attention is the Pebble, which comes from a startup that raised more than
Apple isn't likely to release its iWatch before next year, given that no mention was made of it at the company's product showcase last week.
As for Google, The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the matter on Tuesday in reporting that the Internet search company is in late-stage development on a smartwatch which could be ready for mass production within months.
In a September briefing with The Associated Press, Samsung executives said the company has a history of taking risks. The company notes that people were skeptical about its Note phones with big screens, too, but now several other manufacturers are making Android phones with bigger and bigger screens.
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