Samsung working on wristwatch to rival Apple's

SEOUL Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:44am EDT

Visitors are seen in front of the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Visitors are seen in front of the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, February 27, 2013.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co is developing a wearable digital device similar to a wristwatch, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, joining rival Apple Inc in creating new products as growth of smartphone sales slows.

The Samsung device will perform many of the tasks of a smartphone, the source said on Tuesday, without giving further details.

The source declined to be identified because Samsung did not want to reveal to the public any information about its new product line at this time.

Samsung would not discuss its detailed product pipeline. "We are constantly exploring new technologies and developing various form factors," said company spokeswoman Chenny Kim.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass.

Shares in both Samsung and Apple have taken a hit as the world's top two mobile device manufacturers keep underwhelming consumers with their latest smartphone models.

Samsung shares dropped nearly 5 percent, or around $10 billion, in just two trading sessions after it launched its latest Galaxy S smartphone late on Thursday, partly hit by concerns that its flagship product lacks the 'wow factor' and may not live up to expectations.

The Galaxy S4, unwrapped to much fanfare in New York to challenge Apple's iPhone on its home turf, offered some incremental evolutionary improvements, but media reports have since suggested these features may not be sufficient to excite buyers in an industry that lives and dies by innovation.

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim; editing by Miral Fahmy)

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Comments (7)
MartMart wrote:
Looks like something I need.

Mar 19, 2013 8:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wthcares wrote:
Too funny, after all the drooling of the Droibots on blogs all over the web last Thursday and Friday. Especially since the tech pundits wrote off an iWatch as a waste of time! Samsung again plays second fiddle to Apple in developing new gee whiz products.

Mar 19, 2013 8:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stargazerCT wrote:
Of course Samsung is working on a wristwatch. As soon as they heard the Apple rumors they were all over it. No surprise they’re not revealing any information because Apple needs to release theirs first so Scamsung has something to copy…that’s what they do best.

Samsung is playing the smoke & mirrors game and is by no means great innovators, only cheep imitators.

Mar 19, 2013 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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