“Samsung Electronics Co. is making another run at that perennial technogeek dream, the wrist communicator, with plans to unveil a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone phone in the next few months,” Min-Jeong Lee and Yun-Hee Kim report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Samsung’s watch-phone will be able to make and receive calls without being tethered to a smartphone, something most smartwatches on the market now can’t do, according to people familiar with the company’s plans,” Lee and Kim report. “It will also take photos, send email and come with GPS, Bluetooth and a heart monitor, the people said.”
“The South Korean technology giant—currently the top seller of smartphones—is in talks with telecom carriers in the U.S., South Korea and Europe about the watch-phone, and hopes to unveil the gadget between June and July, the people said. It will run on Samsung’s homegrown operating system, Tizen, which was co-developed with Intel Corp.,” Lee and Kim report. “The people declined to say what the device would be called, or whether a user would make calls by holding the watch up to his or her mouth.”
Lee and Kim report, “Apple Inc., Samsung’s closest rival in smartphones, is widely expected to launch a smartwatch later this year.”
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MacDailyNews Take: July or July… or this autumn, as soon as Apple shows them what to do, of course.
Good thing, too, because right now, without Apple to copy, Samsung seems as confused as ever. Apple brass has to be laughing over Samsung’s latest stupidwatch “plans.”
Tim Cook should drop a few hints about a shoe phone, just to see Samsung trot out a Galaxy stupidshoe with ads featuring clips from Get Smart.
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