News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Build Apps 5x Faster
For Half the Cost Enterprise Cloud Computing
On Force.com
You are here: Home / Apple/Mac / Samsung May Have a Smart Watch, Too
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Samsung Rumored To Be Readying Its Own Smart Watch
Samsung Rumored To Be Readying Its Own Smart Watch
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
FEBRUARY
15
2013


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:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN APPLE/MAC
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

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.