Samsung teases round smartwatch with heavy Apple Watch influence

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in Apple Watch edited September 2015
Samsung's Unpacked event on Thursday brought more than a blown-up S6 Edge and a new Note -- the company also gave a sneak peak at the next version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a significant update that takes more than a few cues from Apple's own wearable.


Via Mirkojax on Twitter


The Gear S2 --?Galaxy branding is apparently pass? in the fashion world -- is round, unlike its rectangular forebears. It also seems to be running Samsung's own Tizen operating system, rather than Google's Android Wear, which powered the first-gen Gear.

With the form factor shift comes a new user interface, which features a group of round icons that look somewhat familiar. What seems to be a dialer is nearly identical to the Apple Watch's Friends view; the Weather icon swaps the sun to the right-rear of the cloud.

Samsung Gear S2
Samsung Gear S2


In sum, Samsung seems to have returned to the strategy it employed during its "crisis of design" in the wake of the iPhone's release.

In a 132-page document uncovered as part of Apple's landmark lawsuit against the South Korean firm, Samsung's design team methodically deconstructed the iPhone's user interface and suggested methods to make Samsung's own smartphone UI more closely align with Apple's. This report helped seal Samsung's fate in a trial that saw it found guilty of copying the iPhone and ordered to pay Apple hundreds of millions of dollars.

Samsung will reveal more details on Sept. 3, but so far it looks like Galaxy S1 redux with the Gear S2.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 205
    come on guys, it's a round watch. I have a feeling apple might 'copy' the design in the next generation. The wheel has already been invented, and everyone is using it. Stop this nonsense
  • Reply 2 of 205

    it looks awful.

  • Reply 3 of 205
    You know. I'm just not seeing it here. Samsung has done a lot of work here already and if you make a circular watch an interface like that is almost inevitable. Plus, it seems it's a dial paradigm rather than a shifting grid. It seems a deliberate differentiation was made, honestly.

    I was just thinking earlier this week how Apple's interface seems future proof for a circular design, though.
  • Reply 4 of 205
    Pathetic!
  • Reply 5 of 205
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    john673 wrote: »
    come on guys, it's a round watch. I have a feeling apple might 'copy' the design in the next generation. The wheel has already been invented, and everyone is using it. Stop this nonsense

    Why do you think Apple will go round? What benefit is there to round besides aesthetics? Going round means the watch face has to be much larger. Round elements can fit inside a square much easier than square elements inside round.

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  • Reply 6 of 205
    john673 wrote: »
    come on guys, it's a round watch. I have a feeling apple might 'copy' the design in the next generation. The wheel has already been invented, and everyone is using it. Stop this nonsense

    Uh-huh. Proof by "I have a feeling".
    See, the technical term for that is "bull crap." Stop this nonsense.
  • Reply 7 of 205

    If anyone has an ounce of thought that this watch copied any ideas from Apple Watch then I can't help you. 

  • Reply 8 of 205
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    You know. I'm just not seeing it here. Samsung has done a lot of work here already and if you make a circular watch an interface like that is almost inevitable. Plus, it seems it's a dial paradigm rather than a shifting grid. It seems a deliberate differentiation was made, honestly.

    I was just thinking earlier this week how Apple's interface seems future proof for a circular design, though.

    I agree. Apple didn't invent circular icons and Samsung isn't copying Apple's app constellation design. If anything this looks like one of LG's smart watch designs using webOS.

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    I actually prefer Apple's design because if you have a bunch of apps it's much easier to pan around and find what you're looking for.
  • Reply 9 of 205
    amoradala wrote: »
    it looks awful.

    It looks 'Samsung'.
  • Reply 10 of 205
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    mac-daddy wrote: »
    If anyone has an ounce of thought that this watch copied any ideas from Apple Watch then I can't help you. 

    This is SAMMY. There's not an ounce of doubt this watch will copy. I can already see the icons being a decent attempt at that. We'll probably get square versions with these icons soon.

    Anyways I can't wait to see the Apple-like promo videos with a guy faking a british accent like they did with the edge.
  • Reply 11 of 205



    I'm not saying that a round shape is appropriate for TVs iPads iPhones, but wouldnt be surprised if apple will make a round (circle or oval) watch in the future. The square is already exhausted, but turning it around I guess a romb might be another option. There are not that many options oout there..

  • Reply 12 of 205
    jm6032jm6032 Posts: 147member
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    Hell no.  A circle is a horrible shape for a computing device.


    I agree. I believe the the notion that the Apple Watch is a "watch" is a smoke screen. This is a wrist worn computer. I don't know how it will evolve, but it will gain functionality and a round screen on a computer loses too much real-estate that coult be used for the UI.

  • Reply 13 of 205
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by john673 View Post



    come on guys, it's a round watch. I have a feeling apple might 'copy' the design in the next generation. The wheel has already been invented, and everyone is using it. Stop this nonsense



    I think it's less about the shape of the watch and more about the UI.

  • Reply 14 of 205

    You've got to be kidding me.....

     

    An utterly shameless company.

  • Reply 15 of 205
    macvictamacvicta Posts: 346member
    Not an Apple Watch fan but I must admit that Apple got it right with the display shape. Round doesn't work for anything other than telling time.
  • Reply 16 of 205
    brucemcbrucemc Posts: 1,356member

    It still is unlikely to sell many units though...so perhaps it doesn't matter.

     

    And while a round device is of course poor for purely showing data in a square shape, I would not rule out a round Apple Watch in the future, simply from the perspective that new designs are very important to maintain the fashion side of the watch.  It is a computer on the wrist, but that computer (from its UI perspective) is not meant to replace the phone, which itself was not meant to replicate/replace all elements of the computer.  The Watch is about glances, little bits of information, communication, fitness, interfacing with the IoT including payments, etc.

     

    For all the information that my Apple Watch shows me, there is nothing that couldn't be shown on a circular face, with the right UI design.  I am sure that Apple will invest tons to ensure they have the UI/UX right for a round version (sometime in the future), and will not implement it until they have an elegant solution for developers to accommodate different screen shapes.

  • Reply 17 of 205
    This headline is being very generous. Samsung's audacity somehow continues to astound me.
  • Reply 18 of 205
    All we need is a gold and rose gold (colored) bezel option. Not gold alloy, mind you. Gold plated, perhaps.
  • Reply 19 of 205
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    It still is unlikely to sell many units though...so perhaps it doesn't matter.


    Isn't that the equivalent of a thief saying, "I only stole a small sum of money, so it doesn't matter."

  • Reply 20 of 205
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I like that Apple didn't go round because there is no way to make a digital watch look like a finely crafted mechanical watch.

    I'm sorry but this LG Urbane looks like something desperately trying to be a higher end mechanical watch but failing. Apple went high end with materials and bands rather than trying to copy a mechanical watch face.

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    And it's obvious the marketing shots for these Android Wear watches are faked to make them look like traditional watches as much as possible. They don't look nearly as nice in real life with that really bright display.

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