What does Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch mean for Apple?

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

Apple has announced it will be holding a media event on September 10th, likely to introduce the new multi-colored iPhone 5C, as well as an updated iPhone 5S. Samsung, however, has taken some of Apple’s buzz by introducing the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is compatible with some versions of Android, and comes in Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Although this announcement has stolen some of Apple’s thunder, I can see Apple making the point that even Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is fragmented after it introduces its own line of smartwatches. Apple is said to be working on their own smart watch, but battery life problems have set the process back to some degree. Samsung’s smartwatch lasts one full day without a charge, which is great, though you can be sure Apple and other competitors will try and top it. I think that because the Galaxy Gear is the first smartwatch from a major manufacturer, it will definitely generate a lot of buzz. However, Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will make headlines on tech blogs across the web until the company introduces its own smartwatch and a new iPad lineup.

Samsung, paired with Android, has proven to be a serious competitor for Apple; its Galaxy S line of smartphones and tablets have garnered  a lot of attention over the last year. With its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung has the opportunity to take control of a market that Apple hasn’t yet tapped into. If they fail to do so, Apple will definitely wrest control when it introduces its own line of smartwatches.

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  • Steve

    The smart watch is not a big step forward in the gadget world. I am very curious for the Google glasses a complete new experience in personal communication.