Most smartphone and tablet manufacturers have already seen the potential for the demand of feature-packed watches and after Apple, Google and Samsung, LG is the next to join in the race. It recently announced that it will release its smart watch soon and we'll just have to wait and see which company launches a good smart watch first.
No details like specs and the kind of OS that will be used were provided by the Korean Times, which reported the company's announcement. However, LG will purportedly introduce a smart watch that has messaging and call capabilities and will most likely use Android or even quite possibly, the Firefox OS.
It can also be recalled that LG has previously released a smart watch that notifies the user for calls and alerts with the Prada II. However, for some reason, folks were not yet ready to embrace the technology much like they do with smartphones and tablets. With everybody announcing a smart watch announcement, now might be the best time to introduce a smart watch and LG is right on track.
Today, LG Electronics is set to unveil the G2, the Korean company's flagship smartphone and successor to last year's well-received Optimus G. With so much recent media attention devoted to iPhone speculation, Samsung's seemingly never-ending S4 lineup and the Moto X from Google GOOG -0.93%, it's easy to forget that LG sits third in global smartphone market share according to IDC's latest report. And while the handset division may have lacked for runaway hits over the last few of years, it did manufacture the Google Nexus 4.
The G2 is widely expected to feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.2-inch LCD Full HD display, 2GB or RAM and a 13MP camera. The most distinctive feature of the new phone (which some think may be the basis of the next Nexus) is the absence of physical buttons on the front and sides of the device, and their placement on the rear of the device.
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According to technobuffalo (see screenshots above), it looks like Samsung might be working on a Smart Watch. It's unclear when such technology is expected to hit, but internal Samsung chatter is allegedly attempting to figure out how it'll align with its current lineup of Galaxy products. According to a Korean message board, though, the device is most definitely coming.
First of all Samsung doesn't use codenames on their splash screen, like you can see in the second image Samsung Galaxy "Altius". The UI doesn't meet Samsung's UX guidelines and Samsung never uses mirror effect on their branding.
Many rumors are saying Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S IV on March 15, a little over a month from now. So could a smartwatch be a huge surprise? Guess we will have to wait and find out.
Apple is not the only rival that Samsung has to watch out for. When you've got everything going on for you, expect even the tiniest the unlikeliest opponent to go after you. As Samsung continues to dominate the market, disputes over patent and market share do emerge between various Android OEMs. HTC and LG recently released jabs against the recently-launched Galaxy S 4, saying that its features, while there are plenty, are mediocre and not what they actually expected.
HTC even decided to display the HTC One outside where the S 4 event was held last March 14th. On the other hand, LG mimicked the S4 pre-launch teaser in a parody to stir interest on its Optimus G Pro.
On more serious notes, according to Yonhap News, LG wants to sue Samsung for using the eye-tracking technology that it introduced as one of the main features of the S 4. LG is now claiming that they have patented this technology as early as August 2009. As of moment, the company is waiting for the S 4 to be delivered in stores worldwide, to verify their chances with the patent infringement issue with Samsung S 4. These two companies had similar issues with their display screens before but looked to have settled out of court.
There's really no stopping major tech companies like Google from building their own smart watch. While there have been a few that have delved in this technology, not a single watch has captured the interest of the market and somehow, we're all still waiting until something feature-packed gets introduced.
If this were true, Google might be in the running for being the first to provide consumers with a wearable Android smart watch that does not fall short on its capabilities.
These rumors may even actually have a basis because in 2011, the company patented a plan for a smart watch that is still waiting to materialize. It had a mounted camera and a flip cover that could display information, similar to what the Google Glass can do. It sounds so real that even The Financial Times cited an insider confirming this plan, saying that it will most certainly happen soon. Let's just see who gets to launch a smart watch the earliest.
One of the most promising smart watch that many people will be waiting for is Google's smart watch. The Financial Times has reported earlier that the Android team is presently developing a good smart watch. Who knows, this might even be the reason why Android and Chrome executives switched positions earlier on. Other companies that will be introducing smart phones are Apple, LG and Samsung.
If anything, these OEMs need to research about how a small device such as a wrist watch can actually capture market attention with plenty of features and a device that can also be synced with your other devices. It is said that the Google smart watch will be launched in summer and by then it will probably go head on with Apple's, LG's, and Samsung's smart watches. In the meantime, let's wait until Google and other insiders report pretty accurate information, aside from these rumors. They are said to be launched before the end of summer.