Just when we figured watches were in their dying days, replaced by the digital ones on smartphones everyone is now carrying every waking moment, word comes that Samsung is planning to unveil its latest bit of wearable tech in September.
With multiple unconfirmed reports Monday across the blogosphere about Samsung's Galaxy Gear, a wristwatch-like gadget that can make phone calls, play video games and send emails, the Asian tech giant is threatening to steal Apple's (AAPL) thunder. The Cupertino company has reportedly been working on an iWatch and could unveil it later this year, as well as new versions of the iPhone and iPad.
Unidentified sources told several news outlets that the Galaxy Gear would be introduced
"It is meaningful for Samsung to launch the product first, ahead of Apple," analyst
Several reports said the Galaxy Gear would be unveiled around the time of an electronics industry trade show in
Neither Samsung nor Apple responded immediately to a request for comment about the reports.
Apple's purported new smartwatch has been the subject of intense speculation for months now. Recently, it was revealed that Apple was locking up naming rights to "iWatch" in countries around the world.
For Samsung, a wearable computer is not out of the blue. The company first unveiled a watch phone in 1999, though the market for a truly revolutionary smartwatch, whether it's from Apple or Samsung or somebody else, could be huge. And despite the existence of a number of smart wristwatches already on sale, like the Kickstarter-financed Pebble, it's unclear what it would take to entice millions of consumers to start wearing smartwatches.
Still, the right gadet could unlock a gold mine: Canalys, a research firm, predicts that sales of smartwatches will rise to 5 million in 2014, a tenfold increase from this year.
Apple, which reportedly is working on a number of what analysts believe will be game-changing products, has yet to release any new hardware this year. But a report last week indicated the company would introduce new versions of its iPhone and iPad at a
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