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Samsung to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O

Jun 23 2014, 3:54pm CDT | by , in News | Android

Samsung to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O
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Samsung's new Android Wear device will build on its Gear 2 Neo and Galaxy Gear smartwatches.

We might be getting something very exciting at Google's developer conference which is scheduled for next week. According to CNET, Samsung is planning to introduce its first Android Wear device which is obviously going to be a smartwatch considering today’s trend. Though this is going to be Samsung’s first Android watch, it is more or less going to look like the Gear devices which came out from Samsung last year.

Sources have said that it had been a while since Samsung had been working on this Android smartwatch which is going to run on Samsung’s own chips along with another model built off of processors from Qualcomm. This makes it two different versions however we are not sure which of these two versions we are going to end up seeing on Google's developer conference next week.

It has become quite evident that there isn’t enough chance for growth in the smartphone and tablet sector as they might be nearing their saturation points so the manufacturers have shifted their focus towards devices such as wearables which are becoming commonplace now. This trend still has to see so much expansion that according to market researcher IDC, there are going to be over over 19 million wearable devices will ship worldwide, tripling last year's figure. It has further been estimated that by the year 2018, wearable shipments are expected to hit 111.9 million worldwide shipments -- still a small number compared with the 1.7 billion smartphones expected to be sold that year.

Samsung so far has made no remarks about the Android Wear device and we don’t think they will any time soon as they stated that we are "committed to relentless innovation and new products are always in development." Samsung is not the only one to have joined this bandwagon, it appears that LG too will be announcing its Android Wear device on Google’s conference and some sources also think that Motorola will take the same lead. We are already suspecting this I/O conference to be a huge one. This time Google’s annual conference which is all about gathering developers is expected to draw about 6,000 people to San Francisco starting June 25. There is one more thing which is going to make this even bigger (in case it really happens); it has been said that Samsung's Android Wear smartwatch may be given to Google I/O attendees.

 

This new wearable device is going to show Samsung’s commitment to Google and also to serve as a competition of sorts since we will see which of the two operating systems is better. Galaxy Gear, which came out last year, was also running on Google's Android mobile OS however things changed for the Gear 2 Neo when Samsung switched to its own open-source software,called Tizen.

source: cnet

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