Samsung Gear smartwatch is a shot across Android's bow
Nautically, a shot across the bow is a signal to do battle, often leading to surrender. It's unlikely that Google will be cowed by Samsung, and it is not even certain that the smartwatch market will be anything other than one device too many for consumers who are facing a barrage of wearable device choices.
The first pictures of the Samsung Gear smartwatch have appeared on the web. The market for these watches are being predicted to be anywhere from $50 billion by 2017 to a mere 5 million units in the coming year.
The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales in 2013, said Citigroup Inc. analyst Oliver Chen. While that’s smaller than the pool of revenue that comes from TVs, gross margins on watches are about 60 percent, he said. That’s four times bigger than for televisions, according to Anand Srinivasan, a Bloomberg Industries analyst.There's also been plenty of examples of smart watch type thingies in the past. Our personal favorite is the Casio calculator watch which was super cool. Yes, it was!On the other hand, Samsung is putting its own software on the Gear making it a big gamble for the company. It's hard to see how Samsung is going to take on Google, if it even intends to, and it is impossible to see it out innovating Apple on stuff like user interface design or developer love.
Of course, Sony proved that it could make the transition from consumer electronics to developer darling with the unveiling of the original PlayStation so, it is not out of the realms of possibility for Samsung to do likewise. That's Samsung, Fitbit, Apple, Google, Jawbone, and probably many, many more platforms to choose from. Hmmm.
All we know that there is no one, anywhere, who can predict the future. And, the iPod Nano and watchband were pretty cool, too, and they never really got the juices going.
When it comes to people who wear watches these days, it seems that they are more status symbol or utility then functional accessories. And, without being being sexist, just stylish, there is no woman in the world who would want to have that ugly piece of electronics hanging of her arm under any circumstances. Unless such a woman, or man, was dressed like a character out of a Terry Gilliam movie and was planning to make a point about the abstract nature of time in a satirical political dystopia where humanity is functioning as a workforce of factotums.
There, I said it.