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Samsung: We're Working Hard on Our Own Smartwatch

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Samsung spills the beans on one of its upcoming mobile products.

Over the last couple of months there has been a lot of talk about Apple's plans for a smartwatch. However, Apple is not the only company building a wristwatch. Rumors about Samsung's own smartwatch have been doing the rounds for a while, too. Today, the company confirmed that it has a watch in the works and that it has been working on the device for a while. 

Speaking to Bloomberg, Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said that a smartwatch is one of the company's upcoming products.

"We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Young Hee is quoted as saying during an interview. "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."

Unfortunately, Young Lee was unable to say when the device would be ready for sale, what kind of functionality it would have, or what kind of OS it would run. Recent rumors pointed to a watch called the Galaxy Altius. Running on something called the AltiusOS, the watch is thought to have 3G connectivity, however, it's likely that it will also pull information from the user's phone.

Apple is thought to be releasing its own smartwatch later this year. Let's hope Samsung can get its competing product out the door around the same time.

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    whyso , March 19, 2013 12:29 PM
    I'm guessing this is preemptive so Apple can't sue them.
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    nebun , March 19, 2013 12:11 PM
    why do you need a watch...we have smartphones...what they really need to work on is battery life
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    belardo , March 19, 2013 12:14 PM
    What if you don't wear watches?
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    falchard , March 19, 2013 12:21 PM
    Didn't LG already develop a smart watch?
  • 11 Hide
    whyso , March 19, 2013 12:29 PM
    I'm guessing this is preemptive so Apple can't sue them.
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    boogalooelectric , March 19, 2013 12:50 PM
    I ask why bother?

    Why not instead do a 'Smart Necklace' or a 'Smart Belt', oh and 'Smart Cuff links'.

    Then you can synch your smart glasses with your smart watch via your smart cufflinks and use the smart necklace as a portable HDD for your smart belt.

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    freggo , March 19, 2013 1:25 PM
    boogalooelectricI ask why bother?Why not instead do a 'Smart Necklace' or a 'Smart Belt', oh and 'Smart Cuff links'.Then you can synch your smart glasses with your smart watch via your smart cufflinks and use the smart necklace as a portable HDD for your smart belt.


    Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "He is a smart dresser" :-)
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    Bloob , March 19, 2013 1:45 PM
    Samsung already sells smartwatches.
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    joebob2000 , March 19, 2013 1:52 PM
    boogalooelectricI ask why bother?Why not instead do a 'Smart Necklace' or a 'Smart Belt', oh and 'Smart Cuff links'.Then you can synch your smart glasses with your smart watch via your smart cufflinks and use the smart necklace as a portable HDD for your smart belt.


    Now you're on to something... How badass would it be if you could answer/end calls with a tap of your chrome cufflinks, and your necklace (or tie pin) was a directional mic, and you had a micro-earpiece in for listening. Welcome to the future.
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    dyno_05 , March 19, 2013 2:21 PM
    I hope they make it water proof. I hate taking off a watch for taking a shower or swimming.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , March 19, 2013 3:15 PM
    Dick Tracy should sue both Apple and Samsung :)  happy Tuesday
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    robochump , March 19, 2013 3:23 PM
    nuvonReally? Why not just copy?


    Waiting for more details from moles on Apple's Smart Watch then hurry to be first to market! Sure there are smart watches out there but back in the day there was portable music players, semi-smart phones, and tablets before being improved by iPod, iPhone, iPad, and if true, iWatch. ;) 
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    anti-painkilla , March 19, 2013 3:46 PM
    The reason they have not released it is because they are still working on the touch interface of a holographic screen.

    Charging it would be a pain...

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    DRosencraft , March 19, 2013 3:48 PM
    This is all a response to the Pebble Watch Kickstarter. In general it seems pretty stupid to me. These all seem to either do something a digital watch can already do, or simply replicates something your phone already does, while needing you to have that phone in your pocket. It's one of the most niche status objects I think has come along in a while. And now you have people like Samsung jumping in on it just because they don't want to be perceived as being out of the loop or behind on the next big thing.
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    scannall , March 19, 2013 4:21 PM
    Samsung. The "Me Too!" company.
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    STravis , March 19, 2013 4:37 PM
    scannallSamsung. The "Me Too!" company.


    How can that be? Apple doesn't have a smartwatch (or any other such useless junk).
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    lathe26 , March 19, 2013 4:50 PM
    I hope these watches go over better than the Microsoft SPOT watch did...
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    Blarg44 , March 19, 2013 5:48 PM
    scannallSamsung. The "Me Too!" company.


    I hope you aren't insinuating Samsung copying Apple. Sony, Pebble and LG all already have 'smart watches' out.
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    Uberragen21 , March 19, 2013 7:23 PM
    nebunwhy do you need a watch...we have smartphones...what they really need to work on is battery life

    I wear a watch everyday. It's not only a very useful tool that is used almost as much as my phone, but it's an accessory for men. There are three things no business person can be without; a watch, pen, and phone.
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    beayn , March 19, 2013 8:06 PM
    I thought hipsters didn't wear watches because they're not cool, no longer in style. Now they're all gonna jump back on board because Apple makes one?
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    mrmez , March 19, 2013 10:36 PM
    Samsung: We're working hard on our own smart watch, and are ready to copy anything Apple do.
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