Mar 19 AT 10:58 AM Nick Gray 19 Comments

Company executive confirms Samsung smartwatch development


The smartwatch concept isn’t anything new, but 2013 appears to be the year the gadget is destined to go mainstream. Samsung’s Lee Young Hee has admitted to Bloomberg that the company is working on a smartwatch that would likely go head-to-head with an iOS-powered smartwatch later this year.

We've been preparing the watch product for so long. We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.Lee Young HeeSamsung

Details about the Samsung smartwatch are scarce, but rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Altius indicate that the device may feature a large 500 x 500 pixel touch-screen with a tiles UI to control music, watch faces, email and notifications. Hopefully Samsung has learned a lot from its phone watch and Bluetooth watch ventures in the past and will be able to give consumers something as intuitive and useful as Pebble and as stylish as the Sony Smartwatch.

What’s your take on the new smartwatch craze? Will the smartwatch be the IT gadget of the 2013 holiday season?

Source: Bloomberg

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Pravas

    Its gonna be good.

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    So excited for all of this new stuff Sammy is putting out. If they integrate this deeply with the Galaxy series and make this affordable this will piggy back of if it and sell like crazy.

    • scubabum

      Agree. Samsung, with its curved glass technology, can create a lot of features for the watch.
      It would be very interesting to see what they can do with it.

  • Max.Steel

    I stopped wearing a watch for a good reason. This fad will come and go like 3D.

  • Yale Landsberg

    Will the display used a color eink technology? Our TrueTyme Android widget, wallpaper and app (a unique clock for vampires, werewolves and everybody else affected by the sun and moon), turns aSony SmartWatch into a sexy “TTistWatch. Looks great in bars, offices and other places indoors. But the Sony SmartWatch display gets washed out in direct sunlight.

  • McLovin

    I bet I get this Samsung watch before my Pebble arrives.

  • aranea

    I’m up for smartwatches but why do they all have to be rectangular and somewhat ugly? Can’t one of them come up with a design that’s similar to what we’re used to wearing?

  • james morgan

    im ready to watch chat haha that’ll be nice looking all spy like talking to your wrist.. hurry up damn it i want it now come one samsung

  • Ben

    I don’t want to be a troll but I think I have to… Rumors if apple watch swirl for some time and magically its not in samsung a product pipeline. I don’t blame them, when apple enters or creates an industry they usually dominate for a few years so why not try and be ahead of the curve. But my point is I’d like to see Samsung innovate rather than follow. They have the resources and the experience now.

  • zen

    im up for a smartwatch that can connect to a phone if REQUIRED, but will have its own apps and functions even without the phone.
    #1 function – water/sweatproof
    #2 function – built in mp3 player and bluetooth headphone connectivity
    #3 function – phone notifications

  • Ken

    I hope theres google maps on it, and that it’s not useless without a phone (ie. Sony Smartwatch).

  • donger

    They should have unveil this the same time as the S4, to beat Apple to the market. But wait they actually gonna wait til Apple does it and copy it pretty much.

  • Cwalden21

    Hopefully the battery life is as good as the pebble!!

  • Nathan D.

    I would love to see this in action.

  • Sgordon

    Nobody is talking about the excellent MotoActive watch that predates all these products

  • Tangent

    I’m with you. I see smartwatches as something with potential, but that’s it right now. It’s an answer to a question that hasn’t yet been asked. Seeing messages or controlling music is a pretty thin premise. Do you really need a small remote control for a small device you always have on your person anyway? At some point though I’m sure somebody will develop an app or find a use for it that will make it a real winner.


    “I am holding out on the whole watch craze. I really don’t see the point in reading a message on my wrist, if I can’t respond to it. I feel right now this is more of a fad.”

    As a new Pebble owner, I can say it’s a stepping stone to what I think Google seeks to achieve with the Glass project, and that’s making technology less life-disrupting and obtrusive. Rather than hearing a jingle or feeling a vibration in my pocket when I get a text or email, unlocking my phone, accessing the text or email, and then deciding to reply or shut off and re-pocket my phone– I can look at my wrist, see the text or email or what-have-you, and immediately decide if I want to interact with my phone or not. More often than not, I don’t. In that way, my Pebble has already improved my relationship with my technology by making me bury my nose in my phone less often for mundane things like texts and work emails that may not require an immediate response.

    I don’t think it’s a fad, or the answer to a question that hasn’t been asked — it’s small steps towards a more integrated and intelligent relationship with our devices.