Samsung seeks 'Galaxy Gear' smart watch trademark as wearable tech market heats up

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Samsung's forthcoming smart watch accessory may be dubbed the "Galaxy Gear," based on new trademark filings by the company in its home country of South Korea, as well as in the U.S.

Samsung SPH-WP10
The Samsung SPH-WP10 launched in 1999.


The trademark applications apply to an Internet-connected smart watch, the Associated Press revealed on Wednesday. One application for the "Samsung Galaxy Gear" was made with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on July 29, while another was filed a month earlier for the "Samsung Gear" in South Korea.

The design of Samsung's forthcoming product is unknown, but the USPTO application did describe the device as a wristwatch, wrist band, or bangle. It also said the device will be capable of connecting to the Internet, making phone calls, and checking e-mail and text messages.

Samsung's trademark applications come after Apple has already filed for its own "iWatch" trademarks in Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, and elsewhere around the globe. Despite those filings, Apple is not expected to introduce its own smart watch accessory until late 2014, with a focus on biometrics data such as heart rate monitoring.

Samsung already revealed in March that it was readying its own smart watch accessory, though the company failed to reveal details about the device. The new device would actually be Samsung's third stab at creating a wrist-worn device, with two previous devices representing full-fledged phones worn on the wrist. The SPH-WP10 was released in 1999, while the S9110 Watch Phone debuted in 2009.

Samsung S9110 Watch Phone
The Samsung S9110 Watch Phone launched in 2009, a decade after its predecessor.


The name Galaxy suggests Samsung's forthcoming watch will fit in with the company's family of mobile devices that run Google's Android operating system. They include the flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy Tab line of tablets, and a range of other devices.

With Apple rumored to be working on a smart watch and Samsung also planning a future device, a number of other tech companies are also betting on a big future in wearable electronics. Products from Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and LG are said to be in the works, in addition to Sony's recently announced Sony SmartWatch 2, and currently-available options like the Pebble, MetaWatch, and I'm Watch.
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  • Reply 1 of 49


    Why dont they all it nebulae or Galaxy Tiny?  That will fit into their Galaxy series more awesomely.

  • Reply 2 of 49


    I know it's not the case, but it would by hysterical if all of these companies rushing to get smartwatch products out the door in anticipation of Apple, are all falling for a head-fake from Apple.

  • Reply 3 of 49
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    chandra69 wrote: »
    Why don't they all it nebulae…

    They're not that smart.
  • Reply 4 of 49
    nikiloknikilok Posts: 383member


    I hope they ain't planning on loading Android into a watch :D


    Tizen perhaps.

  • Reply 5 of 49
    dnd0psdnd0ps Posts: 253member


    Shipping right after the Apple iWatch¡

  • Reply 6 of 49
    virtuavirtua Posts: 208member
    They are probably singing the same tune as Microsoft....,,"we can do anything that apple can do better".....without realising there in fairytale land all the while.
  • Reply 7 of 49

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    Originally Posted by nikilok View Post


    I hope they ain't planning on loading Android into a watch :D


    Tizen perhaps.



    Funny! :)


     


    I think someone here sarcastically mentioned "knock-ia" was putting windows 8 with Office on a watch! :)

  • Reply 8 of 49
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    I think Apple is at least seriously looking into wearable devices. But I've often thought Apple would be spending wisely if they has a dozen or so full-time people (mere peanuts!) doing nothing but planting really good, detailed red herrings about future Apple plans. Including bogus job postings, fake device IDs in web logs, red herrings inserted into programming code (only during early test builds), useless domain purchases and trademark filings, dummy ad layouts and web pages, and even physical prototypes and parts leaks, made the same way as real parts. Expensive but not that expensive, and worth it to keep your future plans from the competition.
  • Reply 9 of 49
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    nagromme wrote: »
    I think Apple is at least seriously looking into wearable devices. But I've often thought Apple would be spending wisely if they has a dozen or so full-time people (mere peanuts!) doing nothing but planting really good, detailed red herrings about future Apple plans. Including bogus job postings, fake device IDs in web logs, red herrings inserted into programming code (only during early test builds), useless domain purchases and trademark filings, dummy ad layouts and web pages, and even physical prototypes and parts leaks, made the same way as real parts. Expensive but not that expensive, and worth it to keep your future plans from the competition.

    It was confirmed long ago that Apple does have people that do just this, yep.
  • Reply 10 of 49

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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post





    They're not that smart.


    Thank you sir! image My privilege. 

  • Reply 11 of 49
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    chandra69 wrote: »
    Thank you sir! <img alt="1smoking.gif" id="user_yui_3_10_0_1_1375892486647_1266" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies/1smoking.gif" style="line-height:1.231;" name="user_yui_3_10_0_1_1375892486647_1266">
     My privilege. 

    The use of "Nebula" for branding under Galaxy is a great idea. I sort of wish they'd do it, even though they're Samsung, it's so good.
  • Reply 12 of 49
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,600member
    Apple should now declare Apple's wearable products to be called "Galaxy Gear." And when Samsung sues Apple should tell them to "innovate, not litigate."
  • Reply 13 of 49
    solomansoloman Posts: 228member
    I know it's not the case, but it would by hysterical if all of these companies rushing to get smartwatch products out the door in anticipation of Apple, are all falling for a head-fake from Apple.

    Who says they are? Samsung has had a history with watches.
  • Reply 14 of 49
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post





    The use of "Nebula" for branding under Galaxy is a great idea. I sort of wish they'd do it, even though they're Samsung, it's so good.


    I don't care if their next laptop looks like the original toilet seat iBook and is called the "Black Hole"- I could care less about Samdung.

  • Reply 15 of 49
    What is with Samsung and their Galaxy name?!!! Galaxy this ... Galaxy that.....

    On the same note, why they always use these teenage looking Korean girls show off their products?!!
  • Reply 16 of 49
    solomansoloman Posts: 228member
    disturbia wrote: »
    What is with Samsung and their Galaxy name?!!! Galaxy this ... Galaxy that.....

    On the same note, why they always use these teenage looking Korean girls show off their products?!!

    Because white men with money love young Asian girls. :lol:
  • Reply 17 of 49
    solomansoloman Posts: 228member
    The use of "Nebula" for branding under Galaxy is a great idea. I sort of wish they'd do it, even though they're Samsung, it's so good.

    Trademark it, sell or license it, make some dough, move out of the sticks, and finally get yourself some decent internet.
  • Reply 18 of 49
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    soloman wrote: »
    Trademark it, sell or license it, make some dough, move out of the sticks, and finally get yourself some decent internet.

    Eh, ten megs is fine.
  • Reply 19 of 49
    bullheadbullhead Posts: 493member


    if Apple is releasing a watch or something, it sure will be funny to see the Samesung cloner stuff before iWatch and after iWatch.  Cant wait to hear the...."it was an obvious progression of technology.."  nonsense again.  actually it will be sad to see Samesung and the rest of the cloners copying Apples stuff yet again and getting away with it.

  • Reply 20 of 49
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member


    They've done it! It's a wristwatch computer!


     


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