Come September 9, the nascent market will become very, very bifurcated — the iWatch or, if you prefer, iTime and everything else. In the meantime, Samsung is very hard to make some wearable technology waves before Apple sucks ALL of the oxygen out of the universe.
Samsung has announced the Gear S, which is has to be said — kudos to the Korean electronics giant’s designers — isn’t half bad looking. Further, for people looking for a standalone(-ish) wearable device, the Gear S includes an integrated 3G radio, so it’s technically if not practically feasible to use it all by its lonesome.
“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,” said mobile unit CEO JK Shin said in a statement.
Leading because Apple hasn’t come to market yet. Yes, it is possible that the iWatch will utterly fail, but even that is likely to more successful than Samsung has been and otherwise could have accomplished alone.
For what it’s worth, the Gear S includes a 3G wireless radio and Samsung says its battery can last up to two days, which might be fine for a phone, but not a watch.
iWatch IS Coming
And, we know the iWatch IS coming because ReCode rumor editor of record John Paczkowski, whose Apple rumological record is good though not unspoiled.
“Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new wearable device?” writes Pacz. “Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9.”
To date, two professional Apple observers have said the iWatch is coming and soon. Earlier this month, John Gruber said without attribution that iWatch is coming and, now, ReCode’s John Paczkowski has added the weight of his name.
Two famous Apple pundit say the iWatch is real and coming soon — good enough for you? And, can any Samsung Gear S or Google Gear whatever product standup to the Apple wearable onslaught?
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