Is Samsung working on its own smartwatch?

A few days ago, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal both reported, via separate sources, that Apple was developing an iOS-based smartwatch. While that product may or may not make it into store shelves, it appears Apple is not the only one with plans to put a Dick Tracy-like device on a person's wrist.

SlashGear has posted up images that show what appears to be the UI for a smartwatch which is labeled as the Samsung Galaxy Altius. The alleged screenshots originally came from an unnamed and unlinked Korean message board. It's not clear which OS is being used from these images. Samsung may have developed its own operating system for the device, but the Galaxy branding hints at Android as the underlying OS.

The UI seems to show that this device will have some kind of media player, as well as a way to check messages and/or email. It's uncertain if the smartwatch would require its own data plan, or if it would rely on being connected to a smartphone or wi-fi network.

Samsung is the company that released an Android-based digital camera in 2012, so it would not be a shock to learn that Samsung has a smartwatch in development. Naturally, the company has not confirmed any plans yet to launch such a product.

Source: SlashGear | Image via SlashGear

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I don't get why people are arguing over Microsoft vs Apple vs Android. Jeez... Can't we all get along? "What difference does it make" when you argue over it?

just because i tlooks like windows phone doesnt actually mean they are stealing, mabe its actually using the whindows phone os> connected to a windows phone? why does it have to be android?

Doesn't look like Windows Phone to me, even if it were live tilish, I still don't think that would be something to get sued over. Microsoft owns square images that update? You never know.

Shadowzz said,
If Apple can own rounded corners, why cant MS own squred images?

You might want to remove your anti-Apple blinders and re-read the patent.

Their design teams are pretty awful from what I've seen. There's only a few products from them that I really like in terms of design. Everything else either looks like a rip off of something else, or completely bland.

Wasn't Samsung one of the first with a smart watch? Or as they call it, WatchPhone?...

And why does the Samsung name automatically mean they will use Android? They have their own OS that is still under development

psionicinversion said,
if its live tile based wtf, ill actually believe then that samsung steals ideas and puts em in there own stuff at that point

Since when was a "flat square" an original idea from anyone?

technikal said,

Since when was a "flat square" an original idea from anyone?

I could ramble on forever, but live tiles were implemented first by Microsoft. No one else. It's the same reason Apples classic interface can't be re-made (at least not for free). Oh, and live tiles and "flat squares" are entirely different in the backend of things.

In any case, Samsung is starting to tread in deep water now. Nokia and Apple are dropping Samsung as a supplier due to theft, they (Samsung) are really only adding fuel to the fire.

auziez said,

I could ramble on forever, but live tiles were implemented first by Microsoft. No one else. It's the same reason Apples classic interface can't be re-made (at least not for free). Oh, and live tiles and "flat squares" are entirely different in the backend of things.

In any case, Samsung is starting to tread in deep water now. Nokia and Apple are dropping Samsung as a supplier due to theft, they (Samsung) are really only adding fuel to the fire.

I see what you're driving at, but how is the live tile concept not just a more limited version of desktop widgets, which have been around on desktop PC's and Android phones for years?

Why would there be a lawsuit? The patent system is stupid. But at this point, it is entirely possible that Samsung will use MS Software and not android regardless of the Galaxy name.

matth3w said,
Why would there be a lawsuit? The patent system is stupid.

I'm afraid I don't see the connection. The logic is far too profound.

matth3w said,
Why would there be a lawsuit? The patent system is stupid. But at this point, it is entirely possible that Samsung will use MS Software and not android regardless of the Galaxy name.

Do Microsoft's hardware guidelines allow for watch-sized screens?

I would hope so, this is way closer to what Microsoft are doing with their metro stuff than the Apple stuff ever was.