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If it seemed as though Samsung's recent Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out of nowhere for the purpose of beating Apple to the punch, a new report from Cnet suggests that this may have been the case, after all. Slammed in reviews for poor functionality, disappointing battery life, and a high price, Samsung's diminutive smart device has had a tough time of it as of late, and Cnet believes there's every indication that this shoddiness stems from a desire to rush a product from concept to shelves in a matter of months.
Still, they report that the actual idea came earlier. In the words of writer Shara Tibken, "In the case of Gear, the company started testing concept designs in early 2011." The design itself was cobbled together from survey responses detailing what customers wanted, such as the e-mail functionality and a camera installed the in band of the device. Increasing rumors of Apple's possible move into the smartwatch market, however, shoved executives into action. As one Samsung executive told Cnet, "We put all things together and said let's just go for it."
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How rushed? Apparently the teams responsible for individual components weren't even aware of what the full device would look like until it actually appeared on shelves last month. Key elements such as the placement of device's screws were still in development mere days before the Samsung revealed the device during a keynote, and even the interface underwent a massive metamorphosis just days before launch when the Korean tech giant scrapped the Android-inspired apps for tiles.
The tepid response to the Galaxy Gear marks a bit of a dud for what was looking to be start of the golden age of the smartwatch for a while. (I've never seen the appeal, personally.) Even so, it's possible whatever Apple's dedicated team of 100 researchers may mark as massive a leap in progress as the iPhone represented from Palm and Blackberry during the last decade. There's also other competition to worry about, as both Microsoft and Google plan to release smartwatches as well.
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