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Nokia and Google are rumored to be working on their own smart watch devices for release in the near future, while a representative from Samsung has reportedly admitted that his company's latest offering in that field could use some improvement.


Leaked photos supposedly showing part of a Nokia smart watch. Image via CTech.


Google is widely believed to be working on its own smart watch, a belief bolstered by the recent revelation that the search giant bought a smart watch maker last year. Now Android Police's Artem Russakovskii has noted on his Google+ page reports that Google's smart watch will see release this year.

Russakovskii believes that the device will be part of Google's line of Nexus devices, which run a pure version of Android without the user interface "skins" that other manufacturers typically put over Google's mobile platform. While noting that the rumor is unverifiable, Russakovskii says that the device is codenamed "Gem," and that it will debut later this month alongside the newest Nexus devices and the latest version of Android, KitKat.



As Google is thought to be prepping its own offering for an increasingly crowded smart watch segment, images have emerged showing what is said to be the main body component for a Nokia smart watch. The images showed up in September on CTech a Chinese blog site known for leaking pre-release hardware. They show portions of a watch face with Nokia branding and little else. The component shown has irregular spacing in the holes where a watch band would connect, meaning that it could be either a prototype or a fake.

The component appears to be composed of the same polycarbonate material Nokia uses in its Lumia line of Windows Phone devices. It also seems to have a curved underbody of the sort expected for a device meant to be worn on the wrist.

Nokia is in the midst of a long turnaround following several years of declining sales and revenues. Caught unprepared for the rise of Samsung and Apple, Nokia eventually joined with Microsoft on the Windows Phone platform, but the firm has still struggled to carve out a significant market share. Microsoft eventually bought Nokia in early September, and the software giant was already believed to be working on its own smart watch device, so the future of the alleged Nokia device ? if it is indeed real ? is uncertain.

Offerings from Google and Nokia would enter an arena already populated by Sony, Pebble, and others. The largest player in the growing smart watch segment would be Samsung, which recently released its Galaxy Gear device to largely negative reviews. Samsung is already rumored to be working on a follow-up to the device, one that would address the widespread criticisms that plagued the first version.



The South Korean tech giant is believed to have rushed production of Gear this year, following rumors that Apple was preparing to release its own "iWatch" in the near future. Samsung's device had reportedly already been in development since 2011, but the rushed process this year may have led to many of the flaws that caused so many poor reviews.

Speaking with The Korea Times, an unnamed Samsung official admitted that Gear was a subpar offering, saying that the company could do better.

?We?ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction,? the official said.
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I am going laugh my ass off if iWatch ends up being the TV. :)

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If Google has a watch coming out this month why hasn't there been a single leaked image? Google "doubling-down on secrecy"? Doesn't seem likely IMHO. With that said Google patents applicable to a smartwatch go back a couple of years so I wouldn't be surprised to see one sometime in the future. Or not.
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?We?ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction,? the official said.

It seems they may have learned something from interviewing people standing in line at Apple stores.
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Wonder if the Nokia smart watch will have Windows8? That's the path, right? Windows everywhere ... even on your wrist. Hopefully I'll be able to view Word docs and Excel spreadsheets on it so I can be productive.

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"This watch. This watch was on your daddy’s wrist when he was shot down over Hanoi. He was captured, put in a Vietnamese prison camp. He knew if the gooks ever saw the watch it’d be confiscated, taken away. The way your dad looked at it, that watch was your birthright. He’d be damned if any slopes were gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy’s birthright. So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hide something. His ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you."

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This is how it goes when Samsung doesn't have anybody to steal and copy from. 

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I am going laugh my ass off if iWatch ends up being the TV. :)

I am sure in Samsung board room they contemplated hedging their bets and creating a full sized TV wrist watch. Most likely they abandoned this option thinking it might cannibalize their phablet sales.

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I find it hilarious Samescum rushed out this crappy watch to be the first one to do it and now admits they could have done better. It just shows you this company seriously lacks innovation. Apple releases a gold iPhone, then Samescum follows suit. Of course Samescum has to somehow prove they weren't copying Apple and they had been releasing phones gold phones for a while. Funny thing is the gold phones Samescum showed were phones they copied from Motorola and Nokia. I would love to see the offices of Samescums design team. They are probably filled with products from other companies they use to copy from. 

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"This watch. This watch was on your daddy’s wrist when he was shot down over Hanoi. He was captured, put in a Vietnamese prison camp. He knew if the gooks ever saw the watch it’d be confiscated, taken away. The way your dad looked at it, that watch was your birthright. He’d be damned if any slopes were gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy’s birthright. So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hide something. His ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you."

+1 Tarantino is the Shakespeare of our time.

Also, no mass produced Korean smartwatch will ever be worth stuffing up one's ass. For one thing; it would obsolete within 2 months. You wouldn't have time to die of dysentery before Samsung stopped supporting it.

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+1 Tarantino is the Shakespeare of our time.

Also, no mass produced Korean smartwatch will ever be worth stuffing up one's ass. For one thing; it would obsolete within 2 months. You wouldn't have time to die of dysentery before Samsung stopped supporting it.

Not to mention, fragmentation would be a b*tch.
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It will be interesting to see just what kind of market exists for these devices. With such a large customer base to build on, Samsung is the first to provide a fair trial. For now, I think the class will be a niche product. For Apple it could offer an avenue for the further evolution if the iPod.
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I am going laugh my ass off if iWatch ends up being the TV. :)

 

That's honestly what I think it is.

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Next month Samsung will probably refresh all their watches in the color gold - to ride the coattails of the popular iPhone 5S color - and they still won't sell.

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Latest rumour is Apple is creating the iSpaceElevator. C'mon Samsung, just build one and beat Apple to the punch.

Although, you'll never catch me riding it.

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Wonder if the Nokia smart watch will have Windows8? That's the path, right? Windows everywhere ... even on your wrist. Hopefully I'll be able to view Word docs and Excel spreadsheets on it so I can be productive.

 

That should be "So I Can Be Productive(tm)" :)

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Speaking with The Korea Times, an unnamed Samsung official admitted that Gear was a subpar offering, saying that the company could do better.

?We?ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction,? the official said.


"Could do better"?  Your product was garbage the moment it went out for sale.  You knew it would be.  Your only reason to put out such sheer crap was to prove to the world that you could out-innovate Apple.  All you showed us is that without Apple being your R&D department, falling face-first on concrete is something you do very well.

Honestly... do these clowns honestly go to work every day thinking they are making great products that people can use and improve their lives?  Really.. is Samsung drinking some kind of Koolaid, giving the drinkers the perception that Samsung has their act together??  Really?

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"as Samsung ponders Gear refresh"

Or: Samsung waits for Apple's watch announcement.
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Wonder if the Nokia smart watch will have Windows8? That's the path, right? Windows everywhere ... even on your wrist. Hopefully I'll be able to view Word docs and Excel spreadsheets on it so I can be productive.

 

Yeah, but if it can't run two apps side-by-side it's totally worthless. I need to Skype and edit Excel sheets at the same time on my Zune watch.

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Yeah, but if it can't run two apps side-by-side it's totally worthless. I need to Skype and edit Excel sheets at the same time on my Zune watch.

 

I wonder if the display will flip up with a multi-position kickstand as well? Somebody needs to mock this up ...

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So Sammy admits to releasing crap hardware. No surprise there.
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I wonder if the display will flip up with a multi-position kickstand as well? Somebody needs to mock this up ...

 

Combine that why a click-in wrist keyboard and it'll sell like hotcakes!

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Latest rumour is Apple is creating the iSpaceElevator. C'mon Samsung, just build one and beat Apple to the punch.
Although, you'll never catch me riding it.

I think that was Google with the SpaceElevatorTM 1biggrin.gif
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Combine that why a click-in wrist keyboard and it'll sell like hotcakes!

And dancing. Need weird dancing on the commercials.
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Samsung: throwing shit on our customers to see what sticks.
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I suspect that when Apple finally brings out the alleged iWatch it will become very apparent that Samsung et all just didn't get it. The idea that you'd want to wear something strapped to your wrist in order to access information that is on a device in your pocket will quickly be relegated  to the 'what the **** was I thinking' bin. That such a device will sell in droves is just stupid. IMO.

 

If an iWatch comes out it will be aimed at the boomers and fitness freaks first and foremost, the former constituting a HUGE potential market.

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I am going laugh my ass off if iWatch ends up being the TV. :)

 

Even more so if it turns out just to be a product’s code name.

 

Next we’ll hear about Apple’s new BHC product… ;)

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Even more so if it turns out just to be a product’s code name.

 

Next we’ll hear about Apple’s new BHC product… ;)

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Hmmmm ...

Acronym Definition
BHC Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood song)
BHC Bâtiments d'Habitation Collectifs (French: Collective Residential Buildings; public housing)
BHC Baltic Holding Company (Latvia)
BHC Belgrave Heights Convention
BHC Brilliant Haute Couture (doll clothing company; Hong Kong)
BHC Big House Crew (Hells Angels motor cycle members in jail)
BHC Breizh Horse Center (France)
BHC Black Hawk Clan (gaming clan)
BHC Bosnia-Herzegovina Command
BHC Bravery, Honor, Courage (gaming clan)
BHC One Way Backhaul Check (airlines)
BHC Bror Husell Chartering AB Ltd (Åland, Finland shipping and chartering company)
BHC Bromohydrocarbon
BHC Bob Harris Consulting
BHC Bertrand Hanot Consulting (information technology consulting company; Belgium)
BHC Backhanded Compliment
BHC Black Hat Crew
BHC Brilliant Horizon Consulting (Switzerland)
BHC Botswana Housing Cooperation
BHC Brigitte Harrivelle Conseil (French business and management consultancy)
BHC Brisebois Home Comfort (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
BHC Blue Hens for Christ (student organization; University of Delaware)
BHC Bolt Hole Center
BHC Borehole Compensated sonic well logging tool
BHC Burst Height Compensator
BHC Bell Helicopter Company
BHC Béthune Hockey Club (Béthune, France)
BHC Boos Hockey Club (France)
BHC Beckett Heating and Cooling (Williamsport, IN)
BHC Brake Holding Capacity (mooring winches)
BHC Besançon Hockey Club (Besançon, France)
BHC Business History Conference
BHC Boston Hardcore
BHC Bellevue Hospital Center
BHC Broken Hearts Club (movie)
BHC Bishop Heber College (India)
BHC Border Health Commission (US and Mexico)
BHC Barron Hilton Cup
BHC Baptist Health Care (health care provider)
BHC Bladder Health Council
BHC Belarusian Helsinki Committee
BHC Black Hawk County (Iowa)
BHC Beverly Hills Cop (movie)
BHC Busy Hour Calls
BHC Baptist Home Care
BHC British Herbal Compendium (medical resource)
BHC Boy Hits Car (band)
BHC Boston House College (South Africa)
BHC Black Hawk College (Illinois)
BHC British High Commission (Australia)
BHC Behavioral Health Center
BHC Brooklyn Hospital Center (Brooklyn, NY)
BHC Benzene Hexachloride
BHC Before Housing Costs
BHC Bolt Hole Circle
BHC Black Hills Corporation (Rapid City, South Dakota)
BHC British Home Children (Child Emigration Scheme)
BHC Bullhead City (Arizona)
BHC Beverly Hills Club (Beverly Hills, MI)
BHC Boston Harbor Cruises
BHC Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
BHC Building Healthy Communities
BHC Black Hole Candidates
BHC Bastogne Historical Center (Belgium)
BHC Benign Hereditary Chorea
BHC Bank Holding Company
BHC Behavioral Health Care
 

 

Oh, I see your small text now :p

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Hmmmm ...

 

‘Course we’ll have people asking “Where was the BHB?” since A and C were the only models brought to market… :lol:

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They can all ponder,blunder, twerk whatever.When Apple drops their watch all hell is going to break loose.

Apple will corner the wearable market. If it is done right, this sh** is going to be huge!

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Speaking with The Korea Times, an unnamed Samsung official admitted that Gear was a subpar offering, saying that the company could do better.

See what happens when Samsung has nothing (good) to copy?

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post #32 of 37
Does anyone actually want a smart watch?
Digital watches aren't exactly popular and aside from fitness related things what would you even do on one.
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So now Samsung and Google will be competitor? That's priceless.
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I am going laugh my ass off if iWatch ends up being the TV. 1smile.gif

Haha! I just read this story now and your comment was the first thing that came to my mind before even reading it! Samsung and Google remind me of those kids in elementary school that would wait to see what their nemesis would do first so they could follow. "I was here first!" "Nuh-uh, I was!"
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See what happens when Samsung has nothing (good) to copy?

Not that they have nothing (good) to copy, just that they have nothing, PERIOD. So they will try to find out what their enemies next move is and try to beat them to the punch. Only to find out later, their nemesis threw them a bone in the opposite direction!
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Haha! I just read this story now and your comment was the first thing that came to my mind before even reading it! Samsung and Google remind me of those kids in elementary school that would wait to see what their nemesis would do first so they could follow. "I was here first!" "Nuh-uh, I was!"

 



I think you have to read more. Apple is the one standing still and trying to find out what their competitors are doing where as Google and Samsung are blazing a trail for Apple to follow..

You mean blazing a trail down the wrong path. Apple will creat a new path and Google/Sammy will try to create a short cut to get to that path.
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You mean blazing a trail down the wrong path. Apple will creat a new path and Google/Sammy will try to create a short cut to get to that path.

So how does Apple's watch compare to Google's watch? From where I'm sitting they look just alike and use the same announced specifications.1wink.gif

A bit early in the game to pronounce anyone's vaporware as either flawed or superior isn't it no matter what camp you're in. The only thing for certain is Samsung's watch doesn't appear to be very well-thought-out and more a rush to be first (altho they're hardly even that)?
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