Now Samsung copies Apple product rumors, said to be working on wristwatch device

“Samsung Electronics Co is developing a wearable digital device similar to a wristwatch, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, joining rival Apple Inc,” Reuters reports.

“The Samsung device will perform many of the tasks of a smartphone, the source said on Tuesday, without giving further details,” Reuters reports. “Last month, the New York Times reported that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass.”

Reuters reports, “Samsung shares dropped nearly 5 percent, or around $10 billion, in just two trading sessions after it launched its latest Galaxy S smartphone late on Thursday, partly hit by concerns that its flagship product lacks the ‘wow factor’ and may not live up to expectations.”

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    1. Can we stop with this silliness. Every thing we use is a copy of something. My watch is copy of a watch that preceded it, my car is copy of the original car etc…

      For the record, HP made a pretty forward thinking wrist watch device popular in the ’80’s so strapping more advance tech on your wrist is simple evolution.
      I can safely say that the S3 and S4 are the furthest thing from an iPhone both positively and negatively. Nothing to see here as there is room for as many players as the market can support and that benefits us all as consumers.

      Apple has enough on its own plate in terms of their copying, copyright issues and so on.

      1. Yes, everything, to some extent, since man first controlled fire, built the first wheel, and used the first lever, is a copy of something else. However, there are derivative works that are different from, and an advancement from, the original and then there are shameless copies. Samsung has done very few of the former and many of the latter. And it’s not just Apple that has been copied. Samsung copies everything from watches to appliances. Samsung has gotten into new fields or expanded its presence in new arenas by shamelessly copying the leaders.

        In some cases, Samsung moves away from trivial copies to its own designs — the S4 is an example of this. However, it would not have made enough in the field to get to the S4 without the blatant copies of the iPhone that got it to today. Just because the courts are too damn slow and virtually incompetent about this issue Samsung has been allowed to get to the point where Samsung fans can legitimately point to smartphone products that are no longer derivatives.

        It is ludicrously naive on your part to try to equate anything Samsung is doing in the smart watch arena with anything HP (or Casio or whoever) did. Samsung does not copy products that were marginal at best.

        1. That is your Apple fan perspective and you can believe what you want. Apple copies just as much as Samsung and trust me trying to defer legal action by simply filing frivolous patents with the half baked US Patent office is no longer enough for Apple. The THX case as an example will be very interesting to follow. By no means do I proclaim Samsung’s innocence but what I do understand is that everyone seems to copy bits and pieces from one another and this includes Apple Inc.

          All this to say, is that I not unlike yourself own Apple products but I also own a BB Z10, a G Note 2, a Nokia 920 along with my iPhone 5 and all 3 are fabulous devices and all are very distinct from one another both from a hardware and OS perspective.

          1. What we really need Samsung to copy is Apple’s stock market decline. Alas no one seems to care too much about Samsung stock, one way or the other.

            It’s been a long road. However where were the screaming people when Samsung started coping Sony, and now Sony is hurting so much. At one time Apple also admired Sony.

            Didn’t we like to see Apple and Sony merge at one time in the past? Wasn’t it in the late 90’s this was a desirable outcome?

            These companies all admire each other, with exception of Apple or Sony admiring Samsung. However before the “copying” machine pointed it’s eyes on Apple, Apple had a good relationship with Samsung. They do make good stuff, although it’s not original, it’s still QA, copies.

            In the art world, even forgeries require world class skill, are valuable and sought after.

            1. I would prefer Apple and Samsung resolve their issues as Samsung components appear to simply be the best suited for Apple’s quality brand messaging. The LG retina display for the MBP 15 is problematic, but the Samsung displays are AOK, the Toshiba SSD’s are under performers compared to Samsung etc…
              Maybe just maybe we will see these 2 giants back in sync in the not too distant future. Wishful thinking?

              The fact is that a quasi copy of something that is equal too or superior than the original is not a bad thing for end users and Samsung delivers on this argument. What gets my goat are the watered down copies which as a guitar collector I can attest to! Some many fake Gibson’s, Fender’s, Taylor’s being sold worldwide to unsuspecting consumers…. now that stinks!

          2. You completely missed the point.

            It is NOT that the GS4 is significantly different from the iPhone (any model), it is that Samsung got where it is with smart phones by blatantly and unabashedly copying others — most notably, but not exclusively, Apple’s iPhone — down to minute details. Then it mass marketed those “knock offs” and gave them away through promotions such as buy one, get one free offers. Samsung could only do this for two reasons: 1) it can draw on the profits of established divisions other than its electronics division and 2) it did not have to invest huge sums in developing its own technology or designs. Without either of those two (and the second speaks directly to ripping off other companies) Samsung would not have the ability to be where it is with the GS4.

            It is NOT that all smartphones have had some similar capabilities and physical aspects (contrary to popular belief pushed by Samsung and others, Apple did not try to patent rectangles with rounded corners!). It is blatant copying in detail. Think back to the 1960s (though you may not have been around then). If Ford had made the design of the very first Mustang indistinguishable in looks and features — to the average car buyer, not hardcore sports or muscle care experts — from the Chevrolet Corvette, do you not think that Chevrolet would have sued Ford, and rightly so? This is a major point. Let’s take it a little further. Say, Chevrolet’s legal team took a year or more to bring the lawsuit trying to defend the Corvette’s design and the courts took several years to come up with a final, enforceable ruling against Ford, all the while Ford sells the Mustang/Corvette knock off at prices that undercut the Corvette. Then when it looks like Chevrolet might finally win, Ford has finally evolved the design so that it is mostly independent of the initial Corvette rip off. Ford sits back and tells the world that their designs were entirely independent all along! And people like you buy into it — after all, all cars have four wheels, right? A Mustang that is a Corvette clone isn’t really a Corvette clone, it just has the same number of wheels!

            Also you completely miss the point I made that Samsung has done this same thing in many, many other arenas. Their blatant “photocopying” of others designs has been documented in everything from watches to appliances to military items. The Samsung culture (I *will NOT* call it the Korean culture!) is that copying is not only OK, it is preferable. If you have to pay up because of it well after the fact, that’s OK because it got Samsung where it wanted to be anyway!

            And while some may call me an Apple fan, the reality is that I have always striven to have an open perspective — and own a broad range of different hardware. There are things for which Apple’s products are great. There are things for which they stink. Right now, I’m taking a break from doing something on a Dell Windows 7 based machine — and typing this on that machine. I try not be be confined to any one company’s implementation. However, it seems that you are willing to overlook blatant bad acts if the final result is acceptable.

            The end result justifies any means, does it?

  1. In other news, Samsung has reported that they believe their CEO to be seriously ill (possibly mancreatic bancer) and will be dying soon. When asked, the CEO said he was unaware of the plan and asked if something similar had happened to Apple’s CEO. He was briskly whisked away with a worried look on his face before receiving the answer.

  2. Please MDN….enough already. Rumours are rumours…not products. You can’t copy a rumour!
    At this stage of the game, EVERYBODY is working on EVERYTHING POSSIBLE and until a product appears, it’s vapourware…and not copyable. Hell, even I’m working to make petrol from farts. Raw material production is good but conversion is prooving

      1. And what were the so called benchmarks they used?
        Did they just look at RAW CPU and GPU specs? Run some tests that bypassed the OS?

        iOS is elegantly designed and optimized to work with the A* cpus, giving iOS a huge advantage beyond CPU speed.

        Did they test battery life? Did they use same applications running native on ANdroid and iOS?

        numbers on a spec sheet and benchmarks ran outside the OS really say nothing.

        1. I also must add for a laugh what one ANAList wrote on the Fool Site about GAAGLE & Android…. Here is just one paragraph… I nearly spit my coffee out!!!

          Microsoft currently has the largest ecosystem in the world, primarily due to their Windows presence. On the other hand Android and iOS dominate the smartphones and tablets. The Android is currently the largest handheld ecosystem in the world and offers itself to handheld manufacturers all around the world. Therefore, Android users have tons of choices when it comes to selecting handheld hardware and Google ensures that Android gives a uniform experience across those devices.


          Gaagle ENSURES!!!

          They MUST BE SMOKING T. Moles CRACK.

          UN Real. 😳 Crazy talk.

    1. “You can’t copy a rumor”

      OK, fine, whatever. SameDung doesn’t seem to share your negative attitude. Sorry they didn’t ask for your approval. Copying a rumor is EXACTLY what they seem to be trying to do.

      If EVERYBODY is working on EVERYTHING POSSIBLE, that would kinda dilute their direction, and deplete their budget. Thankfully Apple has a direction, roadmap, and the funds to get there, even if it doesn’t broadcast its intention to WS and the rest of the world.

      Let SameDung chase rumors who cares? Let them chase their tails while Apple perfects its next big thing for release in 2015.

  3. I absolutely hate those short, dog-eating twerps at Samsung. They’re nothing but mafia organization (Chaebol) with absolutely no honor that hide behind the skirts of the South Korean government to block Apple from opening stores in South Korea.

    Everything they do is just reprehensible. At this point, it would be UNPATRIOTIC to buy ANY Samsung product.

    The U.S. Gov’t should return the favor and ban Samesung from opening stores in the US or impose an import ban for unfair trade practices, at least until Apple can open up shop in South Korea.

  4. Someone needs to keep these soulless idiots distracted at Samsung with a new project. For example: Apple is building a spaceship with warp drive capabilities in California. It is as big as a building! That would keep them working late at night getting nothing done. Apple could feed this by applying for some patents on things like iTransporters and i Phasers.

  5. What if Apple knew that a smart watch would be DOA, and covertly leaked info on an “imminent” Apple iWatch?

    How sweet would it be to see Samsung fail miserably.

  6. Samsung is coping an Apple product that doesn’t even exist? This is psychological warfare. Of course, Samsung could have a plant on the inside working for Apple or corrupted one of people in the know. Samsung seems to believe now that Jobs is gone, it bully Tim.

  7. Misdirection working perfectly? First giant TVs with a bunch of useless integrated features now wristwatches. How many resources is Samsung devoting to keeping up with ghosts?

    1. Whatever resources they can spare. Industrial espionage is rampant in S. Korea. Most companies plant spies in other companies. For all we know, Samsung has a spy or two in Cupertino. The only problem is that Apple has all their own workers in the dark except for the very highest positions. No matter. Samsung only needs to shorten Apple’s lead time to the minimum before being able to jump to full production capacity on whatever Apple product is announced.

  8. Prediction:
    Apple watch comes out first
    3 months later, Samsung comes out with a plastic watch twice the size but otherwise identical in every respect.
    Samsung = “Innovation through imitation”

  9. Wherever Apple leads, Samsung shall quickly follow, refine and sell it for less. If Apple comes out with a successful product then Samsung doesn’t have to worry about market space risks. Copying Apple’s product will also save on basic R&D costs. Refining a product that you know will be a hit is definitely justifiable cost-wise.

    Everyone hates the idea that Apple doesn’t want to reveal future products, but what other means of protection would Apple have from Samsung constantly working in parallel with everything Apple does from the drawing board forward. Copycatting is a time-honored skill in South Korea and China. It’s part of their DNA. Blatant duplication is a common practice. It has nothing to do with morality. It’s just business. Anything goes to undercut your rival and put them out of business.

  10. While this South Korean company steals Apple’s intellectual property and unfailry takes market share by copying Apple’s products, why are we still spending billions of dollars supporting their military and maintaining tens of thousands of military personnel in South Korea. We spend so much of our national treasure supporting those who have no ethics or respect for this country. Maybe we should rethink our support for South Korea.

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