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Android's benefactor has begun talks with Asian manufacturers to mass-produce a wrist-worn smart watch device "within months," according to a new report.

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Steve Jobs and Google chairman Eric Schmidt during the iPhone's introduction at MacWorld in 2007


The smartwatch will be powered by Android and lean heavily on Google Now for functionality, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Google's goal in releasing the watch, according to the paper, is to prove that the devices can be more than just oft-recharged novelties --?the company has "been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won't require frequent battery charges."

Wearable devices are fast becoming the next key battleground for consumer electronics companies. New Microsoft acquisition Nokia has been rumored to have a smartwatch in the pipeline, and talk of an "iWatch" from Apple is said to have spurred Samsung's development and release of its beleaguered Galaxy Gear product.

Google, whose interests have grown beyond search into mobile phones, tablets, and home entertainment hardware, has been known to be pursuing wearable technology for years. Earlier in 2013, the company released their new Glass augmented reality headgear to developers and last year purchased smartwatch maker WIMM Labs.

Rumors of an Apple wearable device have steadily picked up steam over the last few months, with Cupertino now said to have a team of more than 100 employees on the project, including fashion and lifestyle imports like former Yves St Laurent CEO Paul Deneve and former Nike design director Ben Shaffer. A report emerged from South Korea earlier Tuesday that consumer electronics giant LG may be close to winning a contract to supply flexible OLED screens for a so-called "iWatch."
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It will be just as UGLY as the SamDUNG Galaxy Gear.

 

Face it Google and Samsung have ZERO taste.

 

Where have we seen this story before?  Early players launch new computing products than Apple brings out their product that destroys the competition.  Then competitors copy Apple.  Here we go again.  Hopefully this time the patents are even more air tight or the tech is more secure in the supply chain.

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I'm not convinced it's even a viable market. Tablets exist as a true value because it cannabizes laptops and netbooks. Expensive tech watches? Don't see it. Not everyone wears a watch anyway. Has no at home application like tablets.
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People who hate Apple will buy Spamdroid. People with Money, Brains or Apple ecosystem will buy iWatch!

Losers will buy Shamesung!

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I'm not convinced it's even a viable market.

 

I've been saying this since the idea was floated that Apple was working on an "iWatch", but the naysayers told me I was crazy and it would be the next best thing since sliced bread.  Funny though, they never could articulate why it might be life changing.

 

I rather prefer to believe it's Apple trolling the competition so they waste their R&D trying (and failing) to outsmart Apple.

 

To be honest, if Apple does come out with such a product, I'll be disappointed in the company.  People may say I'm not a visionary, but neither is Mr. Cook.

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launched like google glass, or launched like the nexus 7? cuz these are very different things.
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Schmidt is like "Holly mother of Sergey Brin! I want that too mkay?... mkay"
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I think Apple is just using the rumor mill to get the competition all fired up bringing ill conceived and rushed products to market. I, for one, do not believe Apple will ever release a watch.

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Wearable devices becoming the next consumer battleground? No chance. Google and Samsung are responding to rumor sites that Apple was preparing something or other, or to some guys who read too many comic books as a kid (and still does).

No, there is no market for wearables, generally.

PS: Apples iWatch -- it's their new TV.
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So now google's gonna compete with Samsung. Well, my popcorn is ready.
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I've been saying this since the idea was floated that Apple was working on an "iWatch", but the naysayers told me I was crazy and it would be the next best thing since sliced bread.  Funny though, they never could articulate why it might be life changing.

 

I rather prefer to believe it's Apple trolling the competition so they waste their R&D trying (and failing) to outsmart Apple.

 

To be honest, if Apple does come out with such a product, I'll be disappointed in the company.  People may say I'm not a visionary, but neither is Mr. Cook.

 

iWatches use will be home automation control.  Personally I'd hate to tug a remote or smartphone to control the temperature, lighting, securtiy system, TV, stereo, oven, ect.  But with a watch it's much easier.

 

Outside of the home there isn't much use for a watch that a phone can't do.  Thus Samdung Gear fails.

 

iWatch + iHome is the future. 

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I surely do hope that Apple has zero plans in this market whatsoever. I surely do hope they’re just forcing Google and Samsung to make pieces of Schmidt in a pathetic attempt to create an “ecosystem”.

 

Why does anyone who buys a Google smart watch need Google Glass, then? Having both is superfluous. Great going, Google! You just completely destroyed the point of wearing your stupid headband!

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iWatches use will be home automation control.  Personally I'd hate to tug a remote or smartphone to control the temperature, lighting, securtiy system, TV, stereo, oven, ect.  But with a watch it's much easier.

 

Outside of the home there isn't much use for a watch that a phone can't do.  Thus Samdung Gear fails.

 

iWatch + iHome is the future. 

Only a small population has the money to automate their homes, Ask AT&T, VZ and Comcast about this, they all offer products to do this for people who have the money. This is not the next great consumer product it is a niche market.

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Only a small population has the money to automate their homes, Ask AT&T, VZ and Comcast about this, they all offer products to do this for people who have the money. This is not the next great consumer product it is a niche market.

 

How many people had money to buy a smartphone before the iPhone?

How many people had money to buy an MP3 player before iPod?

Or tablet?

 

Apple creates markets.  Home automation is not that expensive.  They will start small - control your tv, stereo, ect.  But will eventually branch out to AC, lighting, security, ect. 

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"Wearable devices are fast becoming the next key battleground for consumer electronics companies"

 

LMAO.   The only people who believe this are the "All Things Digital" silicon valley posers who are so desperate to stay relevant with the "next big thing".   Smartphone and tablets have quickly become commodity items like personal computers.  That does not get many web hits.  Only fan bois are desperate for gadgets like this that will end up in a box in  their closet next year.  

 

Here is what to expect from Google for wearable devices...    

 

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Man I love South Park. Talk about genius visionaries.
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Not everyone wears a watch anyway.

"No one uses an MP3 player."
"Smartphones are only for super nerds and ultra business types."
"Tablets have never worked."
"The motorcar is loud, there aren't enough places in which to obtain petrol and the roads are better suited for horses."

The list goes on and on throughout time. You're discounting the possibility because you can't see the bigger picture of wearable electronics. I'm quite happy with direction and plan to be enjoying my Fitbit Force soon.
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Hi, first time poster, long time reader on this site. Enjoy the articles and the commentary.

 

So supposedly Google is going to be fielding two wearables? A watch device and Glass? Not sure either are going to be widely embraced by the public. I can see privacy and etiquette issues for Glass alone. As far as a watch or wrist device… I don't know. As Tim Cook said, that is a difficult thing when you have a whole generation (or two) that really don't use watches much.

 

I am really thinking that Apple is playing deception ops here big time. What better way to get the competition to look the wrong way and do the wrong thing? I think it is interesting that Apple has hired on some medical sensor developers. That would be a whole new potential market in itself, though highly regulated.

 

As an Apple customer I am looking forward to what Cupertino will be bring to the market in the future.

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post #19 of 54
I think they definitely will bring out iWatch for the fact that they have about 100 employees and the one designer from Nike. And also the rack that they let the iWatch patent file release as a rumor to hype up scamsung as they did to make a watch and they knew samsung would go the root of quantity over quality. In this way they have created a market for it, a big market at that because of the fact that samsung's watch is unreliable. Another thing I have noticed is that if you type in iwatc it will correct it as iWatch. Running iOS 7.0.3
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Google's g-watch will track you and be constantly filming. In addition, you get to hear a 30 sec commercial as the hourly chime.
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If there will ever be a wearable-technology market, it will never belong to Google or Microsoft. Wearables are fashion items, a company will have to come out with many unique colors and designs to satisfy the wide spectrum of adult and teen fashions. Not even Swatch nor Rolex can monopolize a watch market, and nor can Ray Ban or RL monopolize a glasses market. It would take a feature so brilliant so simple, that you wouldn't mind buying into one brand to wear it. Apple is the only tech company, that I can think of, that has the fashion sense and boldness to pull it off, but it'll also be Apple's largest product-line.

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Get ready .... set .... 3...2...1

 

Here comes google watch with Ads to sell you Viagra online .... exactly when you want to know the damn time!

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post #23 of 54
I'm not the least bit convinced that Apple has any intention of making an iWatch.

This may all be a huge smokescreen. Let the competition spend time and money to try and fail to make a smart watch because people without a clue have decided that a smart watch is the next big thing. I may be proven wrong, but personally, I don't feel that a smart watch is the next big thing at all.

Apple is probably developing some sort of wearable tech, but I highly doubt that it will resemble anything that Samsung or Google try.

As usual, Apple will show the market what the next big thing is, and how it should be done. Then their competition will copy them saying it was obvious. Sure, it's obvious -- once someone shows you how to do it.
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Schmidt: (thinking) "Can Steve see that I've got my fingers crossed in my palm?"

Double-crossed a dying man. What an "evil" creep.
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 I'm quite happy with direction and plan to be enjoying my Fitbit Force soon.

Indeed, I preordered two for my girlfriend and I. We recently started to train for a marathon and I've heard great things about the device.

As for wearables I'm sure I'd pick up an Apple or Google created smartwatch. For me it would just be nice to see certain notifications without having to dig out my phone during work.

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It will be just as UGLY as the SamDUNG Galaxy Gear.

 

Face it Google and Samsung have ZERO taste.

 

Where have we seen this story before?  Early players launch new computing products than Apple brings out their product that destroys the competition.  Then competitors copy Apple.  Here we go again.  Hopefully this time the patents are even more air tight or the tech is more secure in the supply chain.


I think Apple is purposely telegraphing their entry into this space, and then when other companies commit, they THEN release their product. Watching the 180 degree turns that are explained by; "no, we just happened to choose this design amongst billions" may provide little satisfaction, but they may also do it so that the companies are forced to spend R&D and commit to products for at least one cycle.

 

It's the opposite strategy of being first-to-market but perhaps Apple has learned from "been there, done that" and will make tweaks to their final design which may be ready to deploy a few weeks after all the others.

 

Hopefully they don't have to FAB it at Samsung -- there's no way to defend yourself when your competition gets to build your product and use your component orders to scale their own procurement costs.

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I hope that Apple isn't at ALL affected by the pressure to launch a watch in a timely manner, and sticks to its own timetable, releasing only when it is absolutely ready and perfected. If Apple releases a less than engaging product, they might turn consumers off the entire segment for the forseeable future. They need to nail it, and not give a **** about who launches what in the meantime. 

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I hope that Apple isn't at ALL affected by the pressure to launch a watch in a timely manner, and sticks to its own timetable, releasing only when it is absolutely ready and perfected. If Apple releases a less than engaging product, they might turn consumers off the entire segment for the forseeable future. They need to nail it, and not give a **** about who launches what in the meantime. 

Apple isn't affected by others. Hence no Apple TV set that's been predicted for three years.
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So now Google wants to spy on our timing!

Sigh, Google will eventually be controlling all we do.   :\

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It's all over, for the rest, when Apple enters this market.
But just wait for thoses smart watch showdowns/beatdowns!
It's about to get crazy!
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I'm not convinced it's even a viable market. Tablets exist as a true value because it cannabizes laptops and netbooks. Expensive tech watches? Don't see it. Not everyone wears a watch anyway. Has no at home application like tablets.

 

It can be viable, but its going to take more brains than Google and Samsung have to do it.

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I think Apple is purposely telegraphing their entry into this space, and then when other companies commit, they THEN release their product. Watching the 180 degree turns that are explained by; "no, we just happened to choose this design amongst billions" may provide little satisfaction, but they may also do it so that the companies are forced to spend R&D and commit to products for at least one cycle.

 

It's the opposite strategy of being first-to-market but perhaps Apple has learned from "been there, done that" and will make tweaks to their final design which may be ready to deploy a few weeks after all the others.

 

Hopefully they don't have to FAB it at Samsung -- there's no way to defend yourself when your competition gets to build your product and use your component orders to scale their own procurement costs.

 

 

That why Apple has to spent some of those billions to get away from Samsung at all cost, you can't continue to have Samsung copy directly from you with inside info.

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How many people had money to buy a smartphone before the iPhone?

How many people had money to buy an MP3 player before iPod?

Or tablet?

 

Apple creates markets.  Home automation is not that expensive.  They will start small - control your tv, stereo, ect.  But will eventually branch out to AC, lighting, security, ect. 

I am sorry you have no clue what you are talking about, I been doing my home automation for 20 yrs now and yes it easier today but still expensive to do. It is not as easy as selling someone a consumer electronics which you turn and begin using.  With home automation it requires work and lots of work to install into someone home, and every home is not wired the same nor do they all use the same control systems for heating and such. Only people who have lots of money beyond can afford to automate their homes. I have done it a number of times and have part of my home done and it not trivial. Then in the fact you have 4 people in the house and they all want to control things.

 

There has been any number of company who attempt drive mass acceptance and they fail, and do not give me apple can do it better, it has nothing to do with. The best and easiest way to do it right is to build a home with automation built in verse trying to do it after the fact. There is no market here except those with lots of money and hobbyist like me.

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Only a small population has the money to automate their homes, Ask AT&T, VZ and Comcast about this, they all offer products to do this for people who have the money. This is not the next great consumer product it is a niche market.

 

None of those three companies mentioned can program their way out of a paper bag, and they will never come up with solution that people will want to buy.

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I've been saying this since the idea was floated that Apple was working on an "iWatch", but the naysayers told me I was crazy and it would be the next best thing since sliced bread.  Funny though, they never could articulate why it might be life changing.

I rather prefer to believe it's Apple trolling the competition so they waste their R&D trying (and failing) to outsmart Apple.

To be honest, if Apple does come out with such a product, I'll be disappointed in the company.  People may say I'm not a visionary, but neither is Mr. Cook.

I guess u occasionally have dinner with Tim .. Thats how u know him so well ha?
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I am sorry you have no clue what you are talking about, I been doing my home automation for 20 yrs now and yes it easier today but still expensive to do. It is not as easy as selling someone a consumer electronics which you turn and begin using.  With home automation it requires work and lots of work to install into someone home, and every home is not wired the same nor do they all use the same control systems for heating and such. Only people who have lots of money beyond can afford to automate their homes. I have done it a number of times and have part of my home done and it not trivial. Then in the fact you have 4 people in the house and they all want to control things.

 

There has been any number of company who attempt drive mass acceptance and they fail, and do not give me apple can do it better, it has nothing to do with. The best and easiest way to do it right is to build a home with automation built in verse trying to do it after the fact. There is no market here except those with lots of money and hobbyist like me.


There are a lot of products coming out that would seem to make home automation more accessible, particularly if Apple is able to provide a framework into which they can be incorporated: Canary (home security), Phillips Hue (lights), automated locks, Nest (thermostat and smoke alarm), and I'm sure there's more.

   

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I am sorry you have no clue what you are talking about, I been doing my home automation for 20 yrs now and yes it easier today but still expensive to do. It is not as easy as selling someone a consumer electronics which you turn and begin using.  With home automation it requires work and lots of work to install into someone home, and every home is not wired the same nor do they all use the same control systems for heating and such. Only people who have lots of money beyond can afford to automate their homes. I have done it a number of times and have part of my home done and it not trivial. Then in the fact you have 4 people in the house and they all want to control things.

 

There has been any number of company who attempt drive mass acceptance and they fail, and do not give me apple can do it better, it has nothing to do with. The best and easiest way to do it right is to build a home with automation built in verse trying to do it after the fact. There is no market here except those with lots of money and hobbyist like me.

 

So basically you are saying Apple can't do home automation because you can do it.

 

Wow, the arrogance. 

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If there will ever be a wearable-technology market, it will never belong to Google or Microsoft. Wearables are fashion items, a company will have to come out with many unique colors and designs to satisfy the wide spectrum of adult and teen fashions. Not even Swatch nor Rolex can monopolize a watch market, and nor can Ray Ban or RL monopolize a glasses market. It would take a feature so brilliant so simple, that you wouldn't mind buying into one brand to wear it. Apple is the only tech company, that I can think of, that has the fashion sense and boldness to pull it off, but it'll also be Apple's largest product-line.

However there are small "things" that could be added (clipped on to) normal eyewear. The arm (known as the "temple") could carry a mini-cam for iSight (AI directions; not photo or video) as well as mini-mic; while the earpiece (curvature around the ear) could have the speaker.

Glasses are very fashionable and can be accessorized quite easily... just ask Angela Ahrendts.

"iWatch" the info coming to your phone and whisper in a delectable and deliciously throaty voice ala Sharon Stone directions, messages, emails, internet searches, etc... while you watch the road... toad!".....1smoking.gif
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Technically I consider "looking at" anything like a watch or accessory going backwards in tech. I want to be able to truly communicate with my devices and have them communicate back to me. Super-Siri.

HAL2000 is already here.... just look at that shite!

I'm ready for HAL(LE) 9000 for a loooong time!!!
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