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Samsung: We're Working Hard on Our Own Smartwatch

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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  • nebun
    why do you need a watch...we have smartphones...what they really need to work on is battery life
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  • belardo
    What if you don't wear watches?
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  • falchard
    Didn't LG already develop a smart watch?
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  • whyso
    I'm guessing this is preemptive so Apple can't sue them.
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  • boogalooelectric
    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
    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
    Samsung already sells smartwatches.
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  • joebob2000
    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
    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
    Dick Tracy should sue both Apple and Samsung :) happy Tuesday
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