A Samsung exec revealed in an interview that Samsung will continue to make wearable devices, and launch more such products later this year. Interestingly though, the company will release them together with upcoming flagship smartphones.
Talking to re/code, Samsung Design America studio head Dennis Miloseski revealed that Samsung “tends to have two major launches – the Galaxy S phone in the spring and the next Note phablet in the fall,” at which point new wearable devices will be unveiled as well. However, he didn’t specifically name the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 models by name, the flagship Samsung smartphones expected to launch this year.
2014 is actually going to be a really big year. We are planning some products around the launch of our flagship devices.
The exec hinted that there will be a mix of new wearable devices, suggesting that we may be looking at more than just a Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch launch. According to him, Samsung will unveil wearables that work without having to connect to a smartphone or tablet, and devices that will still rely on an accompanying mobile device to provide a certain function.
Miloseski acknowledged that such devices have limited battery life, at least now, which means that it’s “highly efficient to use the GPS capabilities of a nearby phone rather than build in that battery draining feature,” into a watch, for example. He further added that companies that produce these devices, Samsung included – and we’ve seen a variety of wearables unveiled at CES 2014 already – will have to focus more on design to make them more appealing to the public.
Even though he worked at Google before Samsung, Miloseski took a direct shot at Google Glass, a sort-of rival wearable device for Samsung, saying that wearables “need to provide information at a glance without turning the people using them into cyborgs.”
Another Samsung exec revealed a few days ago that the Galaxy S5 will be unveiled at some time around MWC 2014. Additionally, Samsung has teased on Twitter ahead of CES that it’s working on more wearable devices for 2014 (image above). However, the company did not announce any new such gadgets at the Las Vegas-based show.
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