Samsung confirms that it is also working on a smart watch to rival the rumored iWatch

Samsung confirms that it is also working on a smart watch to rival the rumored iWatchIt should come as no real surprise to be honest that Samsung has let it be known that it is currently working on a smart watch and has been for some time now. The news comes from Bloomberg who spoke with Samsung’s executive vice president Lee Young Hee.

“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “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.”

That was all Lee Young Hee would say about the smart watch and he wouldn’t give any more details on what functions the smart watch could perform or how much it would cost. It’s obviously very early days and maybe Samsung are just reacting to the recent rumors over Apple’s possible iWatch.

We heard recently that Apple already has a team of over 100 designers working on the mystical iWatch device and again Bloomberg insist that it may arrive as soon as this year. Whatever happens, it looks like the next few years will see more wearable technology arriving to grab our attention. The choice appears to be between a smart device on your wrist or one on your glasses.

Which do you prefer?

Source: Bloomberg

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shinuyuki says:

I personally find all this iwatch crap utterly stupid and people will be dumb enough to buy it. You have a smart phone; seriously, you do not need it. And know Apple, they will put a shitty sized battery in there and you'll find yourself charging constantly.

cardfan says:

There's lots of stuff we don't need. That's never stopped something before.

iSRS says:

For those who wonder how an iWatch would be useful, stop thinking of it as a watch, and instead think of it as a second screen. Notifications transmitted there, control of your music, etc.

Nathan Grey says:

It isn't that I think of it as a watch for time purposes, just as a watch for wearing purposes. That is the only reason I dislike it, watches get in my way. But then, I don't wear bracelets or rings either.

Dave Smith2 says:

I don't need a Ferrari, but I still want one. Stop thinking you know what people want or need scrub.

Prasad Tiruvalluri says:

100 designers! Lol. Don't Apple need a couple of programmers too to copy stuff from Google's gWatch?

http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/22/samsungs-s9110-touchscreen-watchphone...

paleh0rse says:

Or maybe any one of these?
1. Kickstarter's "Pebble Smartwatch," -- Launched April 2012 and proceeded to break every single KS funding record. Released January 2013.
2. Sony Smartwatch -- released September 2012.
3. WIMM One (from WIMM Labs) -- Announced August 2011
4. Fossil Meta Watch -- announced May 2011 (for developers only).
5. Allerta's inPulse Watch for Blackberry -- first seen in October 2009.
6. I'm Watch -- made in Italy, first announced at CES 2012.
7. Sony Ericson Liveview -- First announced September 2010

czhDavid says:

I don´t know i think it should be kept as accesories. But apple should have program for supporting the good projects! he should just invite the developers and help them to make the accesories realy great! You know help them to go the extra mile

Ratane says:

From what Google has shown, glasses seem pretty awesome for what it can do however, personally I would much prefer a watch - for convenience and also do away with the need to carry your phone in the hand for reading messages/mails and voice interactions.

viinsanity says:

Similar to Ratane, I prefer a watch for most situations. The one type of situation I would prefer glasses is if I wanted to record something when normally carrying camera is too dangerous (eg ziplining).

chaitanya91845 says:

I have no idea how these watches could be useful? Do they add any functionality over the smartphones that we rock?
And speaking of Google glasses, the one thing that I hate about it is video recording. It is a pervert's paradise :(

rtteachr says:

I'm still not into this watch thing. I haven't worn one in a while and if I did my good ole regular watch is fine.

boovish says:

Of course Samsung would copy Apple. They stole most of the galaxy designs from them. Then from the Palm Prē, and now from the Droid RAZR HD. Samsung is one of the least creative companies in the world. Its the Eric Cartman of real life.

Premium1 says:

What did they steal from the razr hd?

paleh0rse says:

You're an ignorant fool.

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

wHoKares says:

I hear rumors of the iWatch and think iPod touch nano. Perhaps it will be different, will have to wait and see. As for the Samsung watch, not expecting anything revolutionary however have been "surprised" (because normally everything leaks before hand) about the products and features they usually bring. I guess it all boils down to a waiting game.

metllicamilitia says:

As a wearer of glasses and having put clip on sunglasses before.....I will never buy anything wearable tech like glasses or glasses accessories. But from the rumors and iMore speculations could and should have, I'd definitely go for the iWatch. I'll probably still end up pulling my phone out of my pocket to check the time though.
But if I can get my notifications and even reply via the iWatch I'll not hesitate buying it. There are places where I work that I can't bring my phone due to cameras.

Jaguarr40 says:

It seems to me that Samsung has been doing alot of what Apple is doing lately. Are they watching over Apple's shoulder?

arin.failing says:

LMAO! Greatest response possible to this observation!!

paleh0rse says:

ignorant much?
Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

chrishull says:

At first, I thought about how having an iWatch would make checking my phone unobtrusive. Then, it hit me that it would be just as bad. It's awkward enough now to be in a conversation with someone who is constantly glancing down to check the time. Imagine how bad it would be to have texts, notifications, and phone calls constantly being checked during that conversation.

Trappiste says:

So, Apple have copied the smart watch concept from Samsung. What nest? They, too, will make a TV?

chaitanya91845 says:

Apple copied from Samsung?? U sure you mean to say this or the reverse?

paleh0rse says:

awesome, iMore ignorance...

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

vayda says:

Samsung can't say what the functions will be because they will not know until they see the Apple watch.

tobias_i_d says:

Correct! Agree with you. Boy you can read my mind :)

paleh0rse says:

And lucky for Apple, they've had YEARS to "study" Samsung's (and many others') previous touchscreen watch designs, so they had a decent headstart on the process... that's what you meant, right?

vayda says:

I meant that Samsung will not know what features are necessary to make a smart watch that people actually want to buy until Apple figures it out. I don't think that Apple has any interest in copying the features of Samsung's failed products (any more than the iPad copied the features of the old Windows tablets).

paleh0rse says:

Many of the watches on the following list are pretty damn slick... tell me, which innovations on these watches do you think Apple will steal and claim as their own this time?

1. Kickstarter's "Pebble Smartwatch," -- Launched April 2012 and proceeded to break every single KS funding record. Released January 2013.
2. Sony Smartwatch -- released September 2012.
3. WIMM One (from WIMM Labs) -- Announced August 2011
4. Fossil Meta Watch -- announced May 2011 (for developers only).
5. Allerta's inPulse Watch for Blackberry -- first seen in October 2009.
6. I'm Watch -- made in Italy, first announced at CES 2012.
7. Sony Ericson Liveview -- First announced September 2010
8. Samsung GT-S1100 -- Demonstrated at MWC, February 2009
9. Samsung's S9110 -- Demonstrated July 2009
10. Motorola MOTOACTV -- October 2011

bgl321 says:

What will Sammy copy next?

paleh0rse says:

annnnnd AGAIN! you clowns are just pouring out of the woodwork today...

You're an ignorant fool.

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

asuperstarr says:

I would like to see Samsung develop a revolutionary product and not a copy of what everybody else is doing. They probably just started working on the watch.

chaitanya91845 says:

IMO, Samsung only takes steps what it feels might be successful or has proven to be successful. Prolly that's why others call it a copycat??

paleh0rse says:

Samsung demonstrated touchscreen watch-phones more than four years ago, and many other companies have tried their hand at the exact same concepts as well.

You'd have to live under a rock, or ride the short bus to school, to believe this whole watch concept is/was an Apple invention of ANY sort...

chaitanya91845 says:

I was not a huge follower of technology four years ago, so in a way I was living under a rock. But I am still wondering.. Why would it take Samsung around 4 years to build one? And the timing of their announcement now, just when rumours of Apple's watch floating around.. Looks a bit suspicious to me.. I am just curious!!

paleh0rse says:

Believe it, or not, the CES 2013 show had an explosion of "smart watches" -- all of which following on the heels of the wildly (and surprisingly) successfully Kickstarter project for the Pebble SmartWatch (which actually shipped in January 2013).

There were more than a dozen similar attempts by Sony, Samsung, RIM, and others, during the last six or seven years -- but their concept(s) and real product offerings simply never caught on.

Samsung is smart to let Apple drive up interest in a new smart watch market -- Apple's marketing efforts are legendary, and they're also known for being able to convince people to buy a new product that they never realized they need/want. Samsung has had several smart watch products in development for YEARS, so they're probably quite ready to jump into the fight on day one with one or more high-quality products of their own.

Here's a decent list of other smart qtch launches during the last five years:
1. Kickstarter's "Pebble Smartwatch," -- Launched April 2012 and proceeded to break every single KS funding record. Released January 2013.
2. Sony Smartwatch -- released September 2012.
3. WIMM One (from WIMM Labs) -- Announced August 2011
4. Fossil Meta Watch -- announced May 2011 (for developers only).
5. Allerta's inPulse Watch for Blackberry -- first seen in October 2009.
6. I'm Watch -- made in Italy, first announced at CES 2012.
7. Sony Ericson Liveview -- First announced September 2010

chaitanya91845 says:

"Samsung is smart to let Apple drive up interest in a new smart watch market -- Apple's marketing efforts are legendary, and they're also known for being able to convince people to buy a new product that they never realized they need/want."

This is what I was looking for. Does Samsung always try to hitchhike on other's efforts? It made absolutely no effort to advertise its Ativ range of phones and left it entirely on Nokia to popularise the Windows Phone platform.
And hey.. Thanks for being kinder in your second reply.. Atleast that's what I felt :)

paleh0rse says:

"Does Samsung always try to hitchhike on other's efforts?"

Others' marketing efforts? Absolutely. However, unlike what many Apple fanatics seem to think, Samsung HAS been the first to innovate many categories of devices in the past -- they just don't have the draw or "aura" of Apple's marketing machine, so they're often seen as "riding the coat tails" of Apple's successes. From a business perspective, though, that modus operandi is working for them, so it's tough to argue with them continuing to do the same thing over and over.

And sorry if I came off as confrontational at first. I've just been overly frustrated with some Apple fans saying things like "Apple is going to invent smart watches!!11"...

chaitanya91845 says:

:) that's ok. Could see your frustration in other posts of yours. But thanks for opening my eyes.

paleh0rse says:

hmmm... ok, this is getting ridiculous... does someone have a clown-cloning machine, or what?

You're an(other) ignorant fool.

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

tobias_i_d says:

I got this weird feeling that Samsung is going to copy the iWatch again - that is if Apple is really going to make it one. Soon after they copied iWatch, Apple will accuse Samsung for stealing their ideas. But Samsung, being smart, will refer back to what the Lee Young Hee said, that Samsung has been working on it sooooo long. Smart huh?

Again, this is purely my assumption / imagination. But yea, I think it's gonna turns out that way :)

paleh0rse says:

OK, I'm pretty much convinced that you're a bonafied retard.

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

arin.failing says:

This is getting pathetic, Samsung. Really? I saw the link that Prasad Tiruvalluri posted, however this would be a completely different approach to the "smart watch". So I believe your argument is invalid.

I would like to point something out though:
On a rumor site (http://www.ijailbreak.com/news/apple-rumored-iwatch-could-be-a-television/), they have posed the question, "What if the 'iWatch' is, in fact, the rumored Apple television?(quotes, in this case, do not denote verbatim copy)" It got me thinking though.... technically it's possible, albeit EXTREMELY far-fetched. But how funny would it be if it was true? Samsung does all this R&D to strike at Apple to say, "Aha! We've been trying to make one, too," and Apple says, "Sweet... we don't care. Here's our new TV: we call it the iWatch."
Now I know Samsung already has a TV out ...hell, that's where they shine, IMO... but it would be something they didn't see coming, at all. And from the rumors (taken with as many grains of salt that one could possibly consume), the Apple television would be completely different than Samsung's current line of smart TV's.

vianar says:

We will see it first onstage with Apple's presentation then 3-6 months later we will see a Samsung branded one that will show you the time in 9 languages at the same time and read out you calendar items every time you swing your arm. It will have a 17 inch long by 3 inch wide sleeve screen attachment for those who want to lock their elbow in extension so they get a truly immersive experience....
Samsung innovation, we will announce it first, come out with it last, add functions you don't use and say we were the first.

paleh0rse says:

an(other) ignorant fool. awesome.

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

mmgd66 says:

i'm really enjoying this:) however, remember ignorance is not foolish as how can one be a fool if one does not know. continued ignorance once one becomes aware isn't foolish, it's stupidity. foolish is getting drunk and dancing on tables.

paleh0rse says:

The two are not mutually exclusive... lol.

lbaxter says:

I'd much rather have a watch-type extension of my iOS experience (as mentioned above: notifications, music controls, etc. in a very streamlined/scaled-down fashion). Google Glass not only looks ridiculous, in my opinion, but has already been met with resistance from those not wanting to be "on camera" wherever the wearer may wander.

Consider the iWatch as your "notification hub". You get that familiar "buzz" in your pocket from an email or text (or no vibration at all), and instead of being "that guy" who pulls out his phone to check notifications every time, you simply look at your wrist for an update on what just came across your iOS device.

ame says:

Working on it for some time? As in "as soon as we heard Apple was, we figured we better copy it". Yea, always innovating...i.e. copying!

Regardless...WHY? Who do they really think is going to BUY this?

paleh0rse says:

are you braindead?

Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

derp...

arin.failing says:

you haven't trolled my post, yet... and I don't understand why you haven't; you've trolled anyone who's said some form of, "Samsung, quit copying other people." You are correct with what you've posted, but as I've stated, it would appear that this is an all-new approach to the "smart watch"... by BOTH companies. I could be wrong, but because the "watchphone" articles to which you are referring are in 2009 (and in 4 years, we've heard NOTHING more than the initial unveil in mainstream media), I would guess that Samsung would follow what rumors are circling the Apple blogosphere and try to strike back at it, with a, what we'll call (and I'm sure they will, too), a re-invention of their "watchphone". And they, in my forecast, will drop the name "watchphone".

But again...... I could be wrong.

arin.failing says:

not to mention.... the watch to which you are referring is not merely a smart phone complement, it is "the world's thinnest (11.98mm) touchscreen cellphone fashioned into an tempting wristwatch".

taken from your reference to the July 22, 2009 post, from (I would assume) Engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/22/samsungs-s9110-touchscreen-watchphone...

paleh0rse says:

"all-new approach".... oh really?

1. Kickstarter's "Pebble Smartwatch," -- Launched April 2012 and proceeded to break every single KS funding record. Released January 2013.
2. Sony Smartwatch -- released September 2012.
3. WIMM One (from WIMM Labs) -- Announced August 2011
4. Fossil Meta Watch -- announced May 2011 (for developers only).
5. Allerta's inPulse Watch for Blackberry -- first seen in October 2009.
6. I'm Watch -- made in Italy, first announced at CES 2012.
7. Sony Ericson Liveview -- First announced September 2010

So, what were you saying?

PS: All of the above can be referred to as "prior art." If Apple ever tries to claim that this concept is theirs, every single one of the companies above can/will laugh all the way to the bank!

arin.failing says:

looks like you may have stopped reading at "all-new approach", because it is followed by [...] "by BOTH companies" (referring exclusively to Samsung and Apple). The point which I explicitly stated is that you are trolling anybody who says something to the effect of "Samsung, quit copying other people." In trying to prove your point, you actually proved mine. Nobody has argued that this concept belongs to Apple... hell, Apple may not even care about creating a smart watch (see my post above). ANYTHING is possible, paleh0rse, including the possibility that neither tech company plans to release a smart watch (despite ANY confirmations). I think you're too excited to crucify Apple fanboys to get your ducks in a row (whether or not you, yourself, are an Apple fanboy).

imdozer78 says:

of course they have had it planned for years but after Apple said they were Making one we decided it was time to tell you. Got it check my guess it will look the same maybe with more specs be 50 bucks cheaper and made of plastic. I love how Samsung innovates

paleh0rse says:

derp...
Exhibit A:
February 18, 2009
Samsung teases wrists with GT-S1100 watch at MWC

Exhibit B:
July 22, 2009
Samsung's S9110 touchscreen watchphone syncs with Outlook

...derp.

BrianTufo says:

derp...
Exhibit C:
Feb 18 2009 and July 22 2009 = Samsung shows a product that makes it no where

Exhibit D:
Apple rumored to make iWatch Samsung realizes they MUST also so they can continue to copy

Exhibit E:
Samsung puts a letter in front of all their new features...kind of like Apple has been doing since the original iPod

...derp.

It may help if you take the beer goggles off and open your eyes. It's clear that Samsung copies Apple and others even their internal emails proved that. Wake up and smell the roses. People like you call Apple users fanboys but are no better yourself.

paleh0rse says:

Wait... who is copying what again? When? From whom?

How anyone can assign Apple as "first" in this situation is beyond me... "blinders"? Indeed!

1. Kickstarter's "Pebble Smartwatch," -- Launched April 2012 and proceeded to break every single KS funding record. Released January 2013.
2. Sony Smartwatch -- released September 2012.
3. WIMM One (from WIMM Labs) -- Announced August 2011
4. Fossil Meta Watch -- announced May 2011 (for developers only).
5. Allerta's inPulse Watch for Blackberry -- first seen in October 2009.
6. I'm Watch -- made in Italy, first announced at CES 2012.
7. Sony Ericson Liveview -- First announced September 2010

arin.failing says:

paleh0rse, you put first in quotes as if you are quoting someone who might have said Apple thought of this idea first. The word "first" is used 18 times on this page, as of the time of this reply (minus the ones I am writing now): one is used in an ad, one is used in the context "at first", and three are used to describe how Samsung will probably say they came up with the idea first (as in before Apple). Do you know where the rest of the references to "first" are? IN YOUR POSTS.

Again I say, you are the only one saying that Apple is making claims that this is their concept. Everyone else is merely stating that Samsung has a track record of copying other companies' ideas... not that Apple was first, but the SAMSUNG HAS A TRACK RECORD OF COPYING OTHER COMPANIES' IDEAS. Please read this article written by Rene: http://www.imore.com/editors-desk-where-samsung-shaped-dent-universe

paleh0rse says:

hey genius, Brian up there edited his post to remove several words, including the words "first" and "blinders" that I was referring to.

Stalk much?

You amuse me.

arin.failing says:

Do you know what an internet troll is?

paleh0rse says:

Well, one of the definitions is someone who chases another poster around trying to bait them... hmmm...

I'm going to stop feeding you now.

SFCMM_Spuds says:

Have a good watch that functions well. And a iWatch or any wrist item has to be designed well with good materials. Just like a Rolex is not a Timex. So a iWatch won't be a Samsung

SuperBad007 says:

Let's see who gives us a better product. Apple your time to do something innovative with this watch like you can control music,see your daily chores and meetings through iCloud.

paleh0rse says:

None of the functions you list would be "innovative" since most of the smart watches on the market can already do each and every one of those things (calendar sync, music control, to-do lists, etc).

Besides interfacing with the proprietary iTunes, what exactly could be considered innovative on an Apple iWatch?

arin.failing says:

Gotta go after the easy ones, huh? This guy just happens to have a wishlist that is easily accomplished (and has already been done, to an extent).

...still waiting for you to troll my original post, paleh0rse. Can't wait to see what you overlook next.
:)

paleh0rse says:

Who is trolling who here? You have now chased me around this page TWICE. I don't even know what comment you're trying to see me counter at this point...?! Seriously, stalk much?

arin.failing says:

20 posts v 8 posts.... you tell me who's trolling. I'm merely shooting down every argument you have, and pointing out the HUGE flaws in what you post.

it's now 20 - 9....

LEAVE

paleh0rse says:

The number of posts doesn't mean anything. The majority have mine have been copy/pasted so that the fanbois posting nonsense like "ohemgee, Samsung is going to copy the watch!!11" each get a copy in their inbox.

You haven't invalidated or otherwise "shot down" a single one of my points.

As for trolling, I'm not the one chasing someone around the page... leave? lolno.

specht057 says:

How funny would it be if Apple never released an 'iWatch'.

mulasien says:

I'm very cool to the idea of a smart watch to begin with. When the last watch I had broke about 10 years ago on me, I just decided to go watchless, being that my cell phone told time just fine. Who knows, maybe any iWatch (or similar product) will have that (gotta have it factor that a smartphone lacks, but it will take some convincing.

RoboWarrior says:

Really hope Apple is making a iWatch or whatever it's called. That 6th generation nano watch design intrigued me.

AdrianGabeChen says:

watches are nice and all but i don't think one really needs an smart watch