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.
For better or for worse, it's increasingly starting to look as though 2014 may herald the heyday of the so-called smartwatch. We've seen increasing hints that Apple has its own device in the works, and now TechCrunch is reporting that Samsung may be throwing its own competitor into the arena with the "Galaxy Gear."
Call me crazy, but I'm just not sold on the whole iWatch thing.
Of course, that's not to say Apple isn't building one, or that it won't be an unfathomable success, or even that I won't rush out to buy one if and when it releases. But from where I'm standing, I just don't see the reason for it.
It seems the smartwatch train is chugging along with no sign of stopping. We've been dropping rumors about Apple's drive to create one of the devices over the past several months, and now it looks as though Microsoft's ready to jump into the race. Indeed, based on a report in The Verge this morning, it's apparently much farther along than its rival over in Cupertino. Reportedly, the prototype's already moved from the company's Xbox team and into the hands of its Surface tablet developers.
So apparently some of you are really into this whole smartwatch thing. We still don't have many ideas about what to expect from Apple's take on the tech, but apparently Pebble's smartwatch received as many as 275,000 preorders through Kickstarter and Best Buy before its launch last week. You can bet Apple's taking note.
Not too long ago (and perhaps even now, in some circles), there existed a widespread belief that owning an Apple product was a symbol of status. That's not so much the case anymore, what with Apple's dominance of multiple technology markets, but judging from Apple's hiring of former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve today, Apple might be looking to recapture some of that old mystique.
An Apple-produced smartwatch may still exist only in the realm of rumor, but that isn't stopping third-party manufacturers from producing iOS-compatible smartwatches of their own. Enter Foxconn's smart wristband. According to the Want China Times, the iOS-compatible machine can measure your heartbeat and respiration, in addition to checking phone calls and making Facebook posts.