When we first heard about a possible 2013 iWatch release date from Apple, most of us were swept away in a world of dreamy conceptualization rumor mongering. As such, when this was followed by talk of a Samsung Galaxy Watch in the pipeline, it was met with more of a yawn than a ‘yay’ – Samsung appeared to once again be following Apple’s lead.
However, it turns out this might not in fact be the case at all as according to new reports crawling out of the woodwork this week, the latest Samsung Galaxy Watch is actually the company’s third attempt to launch a Smartwatch – one that if successful would have been the first of its kind in the world.
They’d even have beaten Pebble to the punch, if they’d managed to get the thing off the drawing board in the first place.
Samsung is at present the only major developer to have confirmed that a Smartwatch is in the pipeline, though hasn’t offered any specific details as to specs, features and an eventual release date. Apple is of course keeping entirely mum on the subject of the iWatch, while rumors of a Google Nexus Watch on the horizon have little to no specific backing for now.
According to reports from CNET, Samsung made its first venture into Smartwatch technology as far back as 1999, when a cell phone that could be worn as a watch was unveiled carrying the catchy title SPH-WP10. Packing a monochrome display and good for an hour and a half of talk time, the SPH-WP10 was apparently Samsung’s response to a mobile phone market that seemed to have peaked.
Sadly, the SPH-WP10 didn’t come to anything grand.
And then a decade further down the line, the Samsung S9110 Watch Phone appeared which although delivering exactly what it promised with a more impressive color screen didn’t strike a chord with anyone.
By right, the first attempt was way ahead of its time and the S9110 just couldn’t cope with the explosion in the Smartphone market. Today however, the Smartphone market has become well and truly saturated which in turn could very well pave the way for the first game-changing Smartwatch.
And given the popularity of the brand, the Samsung Galaxy Watch could be just the device to change the market once and for all.