Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note

www.apc.com
Apple/Mac
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Samsung Rumored To Be Readying Its Own Smart Watch
Samsung Rumored To Be Readying Its Own Smart Watch

By Barry Levine
February 15, 2013 10:50AM

    Bookmark and Share
Even if the screen shots are impostors, it is difficult to believe that Samsung, Apple's archrival in smartphones, tablets and courtrooms, would not be getting ready to compete with what appears to be Apple's next line of products. This week, a variety of reports have indicated Apple has as many as 100 product designers working on an iWatch.
 



Get ready for the smart-watch category of devices. On top of recent rumors that Apple is putting substantial resources into prepping an interactive iWatch, new reports indicate that its main competitor among smartphone makers, Samsung, is also prepping one.

If either product development is under way, it points to a new phase in the evolution of the post-PC era -- first smartphones, then tablets, and now, perhaps, watches.

The Samsung reports are based around the leak of screen shots that are allegedly of a smart watch from Samsung, branded as the Galaxy Altius. The images originated on a Korean message board.

Music Player, Clock, E-Mail

Several of the screen shots bear the name SKT and SK Telecom, a South Korean mobile service, thus implying a related cellular plan. There is also text indicating 1.5 percent of a full 235 MB of internal storage is used, suggesting that the device would have limited storage capacity and may be designed as an adjunct to, say, a smartphone.

The images also suggest a sliding screen that reveals tiles, not unlike a much smaller version of Windows 8, and there are functions for a music player, a clock and e-mail. The touchscreens appear to have a 500x500 resolution.

Previously, the name Altius was reported to be the code name for the next generation of Samsung's Galaxy S device. Some observers are suggesting that Altius might generally refer to Samsung's next generation of smart devices, or possibly that this watch is related to the next Galaxy smartphone as a kind of wrist-based extension.

Even if the screen shots are impostors, it is difficult to believe that Samsung, Apple's archrival in smartphones, tablets and courtrooms, would not be getting ready to compete with what appears to be Apple's next line of products. This week, a variety of reports have indicated that Apple has as many as 100 product designers working on what has been described as an iWatch, which could have some of the functions of the iPhone.

'Why Not a Watch?'

The Apple watch rumors claim the new device will include a curved touchscreen developed from a new form of flexible glass, sensors to monitor heart rates and provide feedback on exercise routines, near-field communication tap-to-pay functionality, voice control, maps and integration with other Apple devices, such as the iPhone. Some Apple watchers have predicted a spring launch.

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, did not rule out the possibility that smart watches could find a market inside businesses as well as with consumers, given the melding of the two markets. He pointed out that, once upon a time, what was then known as a smartphone -- the BlackBerry -- was thought to be a business-only device, and, of course, the "bring your own device" trend of employees using their consumer devices for work has transformed IT departments' strategies.

King said the two big questions he'd have about a smart watch's feasibility for businesses would be the practical usability of a device with such a small screen, and whether third-party developers could be enticed to create apps for such a platform.

He added that the possibility of a smart watch is "intriguing." Given the rise of mobile devices to this point, King asked, "if people can get used to writing e-mails and watching movies on a phone, why not on a watch?"
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Apple/Mac
1.   MacBook Pros Get Update, Price Cut
2.   U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas
3.   Will Next OS X Bring New Apple Grief?
4.   Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
5.   Apple Faces Suit Over Work Breaks


advertisement
Apple Digital Book Settlement Set
But company still appealing decision.
Average Rating:
U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas
Tech trendsetters are going abroad.
Average Rating:
Earnings, Excitement Grow for Apple
Momentum mounts as rumors swirl.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.