Samsung opened the hostilities. On 4 September, the South Korean manufacturer has overtaken Apple and others by presenting its Galaxy Gear. This shows “smart” to “companion” device role is designed to be connected to a Samsung smartphone or tablet.
Among its features, Galaxy Gear makes it possible to receive calls and send SMS, voice commands or take photos, while operating a touch screen of 1.63 inch. Nothing really revolutionary at the moment, but the smartwatch has opened up the appetite of many other manufacturers eager to shift higher gear and take their place in this highly coveted market.
Google, Microsoft and Apple approaching
If LG was the true precursor leaving his GD910 in 2009, before being followed by Sony and LiveView in 2010, things seem to be accelerating, and 2014 should see the release of new connected watches more efficient, says Centralledwatch.
After Nissan who designed a special model for motorists, Qualcomm or more recently Adidas, Samsung’s competitors are preparing their riposte. In late October, and we learned the Wall Street Journal that the watch was connected to Google testing.
Microsoft, for its part, would work on a watch connected prototype in collaboration with Nokia, while rumors are increasingly insistent for Apple, whose project of iWatch fueling speculation for several months. Samsung has to stand firm.
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