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Samsung to launch Android Wear smart watch

Rumors by Luke Jones on Sunday June 15, 2014.

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The smart watch market is going to get pretty crowded during this year, but it is still a party most tech companies want to go to. LG, HTC, Motorola will be launching devices with Android Wear, while other brands will also be delivering wearable tech, maybe even Apple. Of course, that adds to those who already have products on the market, and one of those will release more new devices this year.

Samsung was one of the first major tech brands to launch a wearable, and it is arguably the first mainstream electronics company to really take the tech seriously. Sure, Sony got there first, but Samsung has backed its intentions with a number of smart watches. As is typical with the South Korean company, it has flooded the market with products and will not stop yet.

Reports today suggest Samsung will launch a couple of other smart watches by the end of the year. One of them packs a SIM and will run the company?s Tizen platform, while the other will use Google's wearable version of its mobile OS, Android Wear. That latter device has shown up in a patent application today, revealing more about its details and specs.

The smart watch is unlikely to be a new Galaxy Gear, as Samsung's flagship wearable is now using the Tizen platform. Also, the device in question is smaller than the Gear so does seem to be a dedicated Android Wear smart watch from Samsung. There have been questions surrounding Samsung's ongoing support for Android, at least in terms of wearable devices.

For the time being the company is committed to the platform it seems, although all the other former Android running wearable's including the Gear have moved away from the OS. Samsung will face competition on Android Wear from many of its major mobile competitors. We expect to see a number of new devices revealed at Google's I/O event this month, including LG's rumoured Nexus smart watch.

source: Android and Me

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