Samsung Electronics Co. has caught the media attention after it planned to introduce its wristwatch-like device, Galaxy Gear, on September 4, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show that will make its commence in Berlin. It is said that this device will be able to make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails. This thing has come to the media by two people familiar with the matter.
It is also said that Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google’s Android operating system. However, further information regarding this matter was not found. It is thought to be available for sale this year. There is no doubt if it is launched in the market then it is going to make a tough challenge for a product from Apple Inc.
It looks like that Samsung is very much serious about wearable devices as it is competing with other electronics makers to create a new industry of it as the market for top-end handsets nears saturation. It is thought to be Samsung’s most popular device besides smartphone, tablet PC and TV.
According to Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Seoul, wearable devices has the highest potential to be one of the trends in the smartphone market. He could not confirm whether watches or glasses will set the trend.
The major problem of Galaxy Gear is its inflexible display. The company is still working on developing a bendable screen. It will be unveiled along with Galaxy Note 3, a combination of smartphone and tablet PC.