The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

Sep 6, 2013

IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

Visitors try out the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. ; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Samsung has just announced the release of a brand new smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear can take photos and answer phone calls. One caveat though, the device must be used along and only works with a few Samsung products. The gadget goes on sale in October and costs around $300.

Smartwatches from Sony and Qualcomm are already out in the market. And it’s no secret that Apple’s next big product is going to be a smartwatch. As the consumer electronics war goes from smartphones to wearable devices, would consumers follow? Do you have any interest in buying, or wearing, a smartwatch?


Cliff Edwards, reporter who covers consumer electronics for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek

Shane Walker, an analyst at IHS, an information and analytics firm. IHS has just released a report on the viability of the smartwatch market.



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