Nearly every electronics manufacturer is in a neck to neck race to build the first commercially viable smartwatch. While smartwatches are not a new phenomenon, the smartwatch explosion that is about to occur definitely is something that has never happened before.
The one thing that the world is fixated on right now is smart watches. These are the main mechanisms that everyone awaits with eagle eyes. According to Quartz, all the major dealers in electronic goods are engaged in a race against time to build a smart watch that can be sold at a competitive price in the marketplace. In fact, 2013 has been labeled as the “Year of the Smart Watch”. And while the luxury watch makers such as Rolex and Seiko deny the fact that they are worried, they ought to be. Smart watches may just give them a run for their money. The following is a brief list of companies that plan to enter the smart watch gamble:
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The status of the iWatch has been rumored since 2009. As for the launch it is believed to be for 2014. Among the salient features are: calling facility, caller ID, maps and health monitoring instruments. A 1.5 inch display is there to boot.
The status has been confirmed in March 2013. The launch date remains unknown. Samsung’s main rival in this department is Apple. Samsung is working hard on creating its smart watch. In fact, it may provide a host of smart watches that literally constitute a family.
Sony SmartWatch is already in market since March 2012. It was re-launched in June 2013 with . Its Smart Watch 2 is not quite up to the mark though.
The status is such that it was released in February 2010. However, production was curtailed later on. The big mistake made by Blackberry was outsourcing its smartwatch to an outsider firm, Allerta. It hardly got off the ground. That was how Blackberry’s experiment ended, not with a bang but with a whimper.
When BlackBerry stopped production with Allerta. it manufactured its own wearable device named Pebble smartwatch which became most successful at Kickstarter. Pebble smartwatch also hits Best Buy on July 7. Currently this smartwatch left all others behind in the wearable tech market.
The status was leaked in March 2013. The launch date remains unknown. The smart watch is not coming from Google’s X lab but from the unit responsible for making smartphones.
The status of the Acer smartwatch was confirmed in June 2013 when its smartphone business head, ST Liew, announced to start working on wearable devices. Its launch date has been set for 2014. As for Acer’s smartwatch, it may employ wireless charging for its purposes.
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The status was confirmed in June 2013. As for the launch date it remains unannounced. It has come up with an iPhone-related smartwatch. And the good thing is the watch can monitor breathing patterns and heart rate. Besides this it can also give text message alert signals, Facebook notices and caller ID. Fingerprinting too may figure among its features.
The Status has been leaked in March 2013. The launch date remains unknown. The display screens used in the company’s smart phones will also be utilized in its smart watches.
The status has been leaked in April 2014. As for the launch, its date has not been announced yet. Microsoft has been importing parts for its smart watch from Asia. The smart watch is still in its nascent stages.
Status has been leaked in June 2013.The launch date is rumored to be September 2013. Qualcomm’s smart watch could be the leader of the pack. With a full color Mirasol display, it will perform the usual functions with speed and alacrity.
The status is that it was unveiled in January 2013. The launch date remains unknown though. It carries clout. Consisting of a polished aluminum case and leather strap, it includes in its repertoire a pulse monitor.
All these big companies are making smart watches and the schedules clash with each other. The heat of competition is on and victory will go to the brave and the swift. The only companies which are not engaged in this racket are HP, HTC, Lenovo and Nokia. Given the level of rabid competition this might as well be a wise move.
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