Lee Young Hee confirms Samsung watch, racing iWatch to market

Lee Young Hee confirms Samsung watch, racing iWatch to marketSamsung’s executive VP of mobile, the lovely Lee Young Hee, has been getting around a fair bit of late (er, in the business sense).

She recently promised a high-end Tizen smartphone from Samsung in Q3, and now we’re told that the South Korean manufacturer is working on a smart watch – and has been for some time.

That’s the story according to Bloomberg, relaying interview-based words from the exec’s mouth.

“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” purrs Lee. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”

Around a month ago, we saw a bunch of screenshots purportedly from the Samsung Galaxy Altius, a smart watch running something called Altius OS.

Meanwhile, Apple is said to be working on an iWatch, set to drop later this year. A story from mid-February suggested a team of 100 engineers was beavering away on the device, which is thought to run iOS.

“The issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully,” said Lee.

via: Bloomberg

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Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2013 at 16:53

Wonder if Apple could just be making up rumours to make samsung waste money..

moonmonkey  Mar. 19, 2013 at 17:03

I wear a watch, to tell me the time at a quick glance...It has a date, function too which would be handy if I wasn't already aware. I don't need to charge it cause it's one of those eco-drive thingys. I don't need any more more functionality from it. I really don't see the point in a smart watch. Maybe to look like a **** walking up the street, trying to use a tiny touch screen. If it was a big touch screen I would look even more **** like. And having to charge up every couple of days, Ridiculous...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2013 at 17:24

Wonder if Apple could just be making up rumours to make samsung waste money..

I was just about to post the exact same... Man, we are turning into Murtazin's MiniMes

loofer  Mar. 19, 2013 at 19:16

could be much more than a timepiece
https://getmyo.com/
here's the vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CprHRsa1OTo

Admin  Mar. 20, 2013 at 09:37

The possibilities opened by the Myo are incredible (just shrink it down a little more yet). I know someone who has an advance developer device and apparently it works extremely well.

Stelph  Mar. 20, 2013 at 10:00

The possibilities opened by the Myo are incredible (just shrink it down a little more yet). I know someone who has an advance developer device and apparently it works extremely well.

I do like the Myo idea and the price looks great, although I cant see it working as a "wear everywhere" watch unless there was a way of activating and deactiving when its tracking your wrist movements otherwise something like me writing this message would probably have made my smartphone spend £1000 on farmville :) Plus if apple were going to use it in a watch we would have seen them buy the company by now

Like most of the posts here im not sure how useful a smart watch would be, I have no doubt that it will take off and everyone would buy and apple one, but if it needs constant recharging and doesnt do a huge amount more than a 2-3 second check of the phone would have solved then personally im not interested. If it does a lot more like GPS, heart rate monitoring using IR skin measurements, bluetooth headset and voice control then I would be interested, tho then we go back to the constant recharging issue

loofer  Mar. 20, 2013 at 20:26

if apple were going to use it in a watch we would have seen them buy the company by now

That's what I was thinking too. I'm sure I read somewhere they buy something like one business every month.

Sounds a bit surreal

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