The Smartwatch Chaos : Can Apple Lead the Way?

Moto 360

There was already a lot of stir caused by Motorola’s highly anticipated smartwatch Moto 360 back in March and subsequently at different events prior to its launch due to its unique circular design, and now the rumored launch of Apple’s smartwatch along with iPhone 6 on September 9th has added fuel to the fire.

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The result looks like a chaos.

The panicked Korean buddies Samsung and LG were caught trying to get ahead of each other and Apple and Motorola. Both ditched their scheduled press conferences at IFA tech show in Berlin to bring their smartwatches in front of the world.

Last week a teaser was launched by LG confirming company’s plans to launch its smartwatch at IFA. But soon after the rumor of Apple’s smartwatch, LG revealed complete specifications in a press release of the LG L Watch R. It features a Motorola inspired circular deign with features like barometer, gyroscope, heartbeat moniter, and will function with the help of Google’s new Android Wear Software.

Then came Samsung. Instead of waiting for its IFA event, Samsung announced its new Samsung Gear S few after LG. It has a larger screen than its predecessors, 3G connectivity and a lot more.

LG G Watch R and Samsung Gear S

Samsung Gear S specifications:
Processor: Dual core 1.0 GHz
Display: 2-inch Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
Memory: RAM: 512MB
Storage: 4GB Internal Memory
Battery: 300mAh Li-ion
Operating System: Tizen

LG G Watch R specifications:
Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400
Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
Battery: 410mAh
Operating System: Android Wear

Samsung has already launched many versions of its smartwatch in the past. Sony has already one in its pocket and now LG has unveiled its own. A twitter account @upleaks based in China has tweeted that HTC is working day and night on a new smartwatch that is rumored to see the daylight in September. Moto 360 has already garnered some positive reviews and it is ready to be launched in September.

Each company has made mistakes in this genre and Apple’s designers are finding it challenging to deliver the smartwatch with everything ‘right’ about it. The smartwatch segment is looking a bit chaotic right now and full of experiments but it is going to get a lot more competitive very soon.

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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