News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 19, 2013.
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While an Apple iWatch rumor has been floated several times in recent months, Samsung has confirmed that it's rumored smart watch is indeed under development. Samsung Mobile EVP Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg:
"We've been preparing the watch product for so long. 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."
Lee declined to reveal the types of features the watch, which has been called the Galaxy Watch in previous unconfirmed reports, would have when released. The easy assumption is that the Galaxy Watch would follow the in the footsteps of the Pebble smart watch and enable notifications, controlling music, and displaying text and email.
Samsung could utilize the features of its Android devices like the Galaxy S 4 or Galaxy Note II to make its watch even smarter. Rather than simply display text messages, it could insert a microphone and enable replies through speech to text. Samsung could also incorporate its S Voice to support voice search. Apps for tracking health statistics could be on the table, but Samsung has already announced an S Health wristband that it might not want to cannibalize.
Apple is said to release its supposed iWatch later this year, and Samsung is also planning to further compete in the wearable computing market with a smart watch accessory that integrates with the Galaxy S 4. Lee is unfazed by the looming competition between the two companies; he told Bloomberg, "The issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully."source: Bloomberg
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.