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Unbearable wearables: The problem with smartwatches

Tony Ibrahim | May 8, 2014
Smartwatches serve no purpose - yet.

The original Samsung Galaxy Gear
The original Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung has since invested with Intel in Linux-based software called Tizen. Now the company is implicitly promoting Tizen by using it as the operating system on its smartwatches.

The move couldn't be more critical. Building upon the functionality of a smartwatch will boil down to application support. Gartner research director, Brian Blau, said the wearable market will play a key role in application interaction and revenue.

Samsung, albeit a giant in its field, will have to compete against the slew of existing and new developers backing Android Wear. The Android platform already has enough developers behind it to have a million applications in its store. Some might cite Apple as an example of a company that can make it alone; others will take note of struggling BlackBerry.

The bottom line

Smartwatches dance a fine line. The hardware has to be familiar and organic, but the software will be reliant on the kind of artificial intelligence behind Google Now. Successful companies will know how to mask the technology, but this is a trick too few companies actually know.

LG G Watch
LG G Watch

 

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