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Not to be outdone by rumors of a supposed Apple-built "smart watch," a Samsung executive on Tuesday revealed that the Korean company is too working on its own entry into the wearable computing arena, but failed to disclose anything about the purported device.

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According to Bloomberg, Samsung is developing a wristwatch to "race" Apple to market in the wearable device industry, though as of current only the Korean tech giant has gone on record as saying any such activity was taking place.

?We?ve been preparing the watch product for so long,? said Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung?s mobile business. ?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.?

Aside from the terse confirmation, Lee had offered little else and would not comment on feature set, price or availability.

Apple is believed to be launching its own smart watch offering later in 2013, and rumors point to a device made of curved glass and metal that wirelessly connects to a user's iPhone. The unit is thought to be capable of simple operations, including controlling certain iPhone functions like call dismissal and message reading.

AppleInsider was first to reveal a U.S. patent filing for a wrist-worn device with a flexible display that connects to smartphones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Although word has spread quickly through media outlets regarding the so-called "iWatch," no leaks or substantive reports have been unearthed.
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Samsung now copying Dick Tracy, tsk, tsk.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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post #4 of 59

In 2009 they released http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_s9110-2885.php

and there even was a samsung smart watch in 2003.

 

Also Samsung has been showing flexible displays for a couple of years now (but have failed to bring them to market yet)

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If Samsung could make Google Glass better than Google that would be funny. And they could do it. 

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How is this news. There are several smart watches on the market and have been for quite some time. Even a couple fo Samsumg watches.

It would be a surprise if Samsung were not working on an upgrade to previous watches. The only question is will it go with Android like a few other manufacturers out there or will it be its own OS.
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Remember a new version of the A5 was discovered in the Apple TV recently:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6834/apple-tv-2013-a1469-short-review-analysis-of-a-new-a5

The thing is, it uses a lot less power than previous A5s, due to some significant internal redesign. Surely they would not do all that redesign work to save a few cents on the Apple TV?

Maybe it is the iWatch CPU and since Samsung are making it they are starting to suspect Apple is up to something and are trying to get their response ready.
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Samsung just waiting for Apple's watch to finalize their own design.
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Sounds like Apple started a rumor about a product they know will flop. Hey, why not, if you've got a reliably parasitic imitator. What a strategy!
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If AppleInsider continues to whore their website to Samsung articles I predict a steady defection of readers. I've already removed it from my Feedly account...
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Oh, Samsung.

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If Samsung could make Google Glass better than Google that would be funny. And they could do it. 

 

No one can make Google Glass good, the whole concept is stupid.

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If AppleInsider continues to whore their website to Samsung articles I predict a steady defection of readers. I've already removed it from my Feedly account...

I am curious what Samsung is up to from time to time.  This is the only Apple rumor site I go to.  If there is an article about Samsung I'm not interested in, I just don't click it.  I hope that AppleInsider doesn't change.

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LoL So this is the solution: create some buzz and hype about an utterly useless but incredibly expensive product that apple is never ever going to even think about and Samsung will "counter" it sinking all their money. Problem solved ;-) I vote time travel. Or warp drive.
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Ah Samsung, is it that time again¿

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... the Korean company is too working on its own entry into the wearable computing arena, but failed to disclose anything about the purported device.

Of course, a competitor needs to release it first in order for them to be able to manufacture it.
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post #16 of 59

of course they are. they copy anything and everything apple does even if it is just speculation.  I have no idea why anyone would ever buy anything from Samesung if they had a choice.  The sooner Apple can move its supply chain completely off Samesung the better.

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According to Bloomberg, Samsung is developing a wristwatch to "race" Apple to market in the wearable device industry

 

Didn't work out so well when they raced Apple to the tablet industry and had to cancel the launch of their slab for being too thick after the iPad showed them how it's done.

 

But go ahead, be first.  No one cares.

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No one can make Google Glass good, the whole concept is stupid.

 

Thank you!

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We are Samsung. We like to copy Apple because we can't think for ourselves. We will tell you that we are innovative and you will believe us [bad Jedi hand wave]. We are coming out with a new watch because Apple is. We just can't try to concept new products so we'll just give in and do what Apple is doing and try to beat them. We will continue designing our products with ugly-ass curves and miscellaneous patterns that we think will look great. We work many hours and don't have much of a life to bring you our PREMIUM product [bad Jedi hand wave again].

Side note: Dear Appleinsider, as stated by freediverx, I also predict a loss of readers if you keep whoring your site to Samsung articles.
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If AppleInsider continues to whore their website to Samsung articles I predict a steady defection of readers. I've already removed it from my Feedly account...

 

Just hedging their bets. AI has apparently bought into the" Apple is doomed" mantra and readying plan B to become SamsungInsider.

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Apple should leak a story about the work they are doing on a new giant earth moving machine. Samsung would be on it like a fly on cow poop.
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post #22 of 59
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“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,”...

... But, waiting for Apple to do it first, so that we can copy it.  We are ready with all prototypes to show it to jury if at all Apple files case again.

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LoL So this is the solution: create some buzz and hype about an utterly useless but incredibly expensive product that apple is never ever going to even think about and Samsung will "counter" it sinking all their money. Problem solved ;-) I vote time travel. Or warp drive.

I don't think the concept is utterly useless, nor does it have to be incredibly expensive. The Pebble Watch is a reasonable first step and I can picture ways that it might be very useful.
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In other news, Apples new iwatch is manufactured by Samsung?
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post #25 of 59

Apple haven't released a smart watch, so samsung haven't copied anything yet :S

I'm a lover of tech, i hope they do spark up a war, i wants me a rad watch. 

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I can't wait for a 5inch display on my wrist
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Samsung is probably not waiting to copy Apple but rather to ride on its launch and marketing coat tails. As long as they keep copying Apple (more or less) they become the de facto Apple alternative. Its a low life strategy but its working well for them.

 

Still, I suspect...

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Sounds like Apple started a rumor about a product they know will flop. Hey, why not, if you've got a reliably parasitic imitator. What a strategy!

 

And yes... ;)

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Apple should leak a story about the work they are doing on a new giant earth moving machine. Samsung would be on it like a fly on cow poop.

I really have a hard time with this 'watch'.

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I don't think the concept is utterly useless, nor does it have to be incredibly expensive. The Pebble Watch is a reasonable first step and I can picture ways that it might be very useful.

I wasn't referring to the specific idea if the watch. Just observing: rumors about an Apple TV surface and Samsung is desperately "countering" by releasing their "smart tv". Now same for the watch. So this is where the strategy me ruined above comes into play.
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If AppleInsider continues to whore their website to Samsung articles I predict a steady defection of readers. I've already removed it from my Feedly account...
Yup. I'm trying to give it a chance though, but I think your right.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post
"We've been preparing the watch product for so long," said Lee Young Hee…

 

"It's almost as though we started doing it the same day the first rumor about Apple doing it came out…"

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This is simply a preemptive strike, an attempt by Samsung to spread FUD--fear, uncertainty, doubt--about Apple's supposed product. The goal isn't to make a product, but to have people think, "Aha! Samsung is going to make the same thing, or close enough, that is cheaper and/or better. I'd better not buy one from Apple. I'll wait until Samsung's comes out." In short, they're trying to deny Apple sales and profits. They don't even have to be making such a product.

 

Microsoft was the master of spreading FUD. Numerous companies fell to this marketing method. 

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How is this news. There are several smart watches on the market and have been for quite some time. Even a couple fo Samsumg watches.

It would be a surprise if Samsung were not working on an upgrade to previous watches. The only question is will it go with Android like a few other manufacturers out there or will it be its own OS.

 

Kind of like when there were many phones on the market and "Even a couple of Samsung" phones.  Apple entered the market and changed everything.  Apple may or may not enter this market, but if they did, it would change the whole market for that type of watch.

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Didn't work out so well when they raced Apple to the tablet industry and had to cancel the launch of their slab for being too thick after the iPad showed them how it's done.

 

But go ahead, be first.  No one cares.

 

Oh, they're not going to be first. Samsung doesn't do 'first'.

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WS spin: Apple delays iWatch indefinitely. Sammy out innovating with the sWatch.
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If Samsung could make Google Glass better than Google that would be funny. And they could do it. 

 

Google Glass is gong to be a failure.  Trust me, it's not going to go over well. It's getting hyped and I don't know of too many people that actually want it.  I see it selling to a very small group of people and I think that there will be a lot of opposition to accepting people wearing these things in a lot of situations and people aren't going to want to constantly put these things on and take them off throughout the day because it's just one more thing to deal with.  They aren't a necessity type product. 

 

Watches are something that can easily be worn and people won't have to take them off throughout the day as long as the battery lasts a while between recharges.

 

It's just a matter of functionality and style.

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Google Glass is gong to be a failure.  Trust me, it's not going to go over well. It's getting hyped and I don't know of too many people that actually want it.  I see it selling to a very small group of people and I think that there will be a lot of opposition to accepting people wearing these things in a lot of situations and people aren't going to want to constantly put these things on and take them off throughout the day because it's just one more thing to deal with.  They aren't a necessity type product. 

Watches are something that can easily be worn and people won't have to take them off throughout the day as long as the battery lasts a while between recharges.

It's just a matter of functionality and style.

I disagree. Glass in its current form isn't going to set the market on fire, but computerized glasses are definitely going to be popular in the future. They are probably going to replace phones as we know them.
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So now Samdung wants that big screen heavy brick to stay inside the pocket lol
 

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Google Glass is gong to be a failure.  Trust me...

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Samsung just waiting for Apple's watch to finalize their own design.

It should be the other way around. Apple just waiting for Samsung's watch to finalize their own design. Also, Apple is taking so long copying from Samsung's smart LED TV.

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In other news, Apples new iwatch is manufactured by Samsung?

Samsung makes the curve screen for Apple.

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