As rumors began to swirl early last year of an "iWatch" being developed by rival Apple, Samsung execs began openly extolling how the company has been working on a smartwatch "for so long" and would soon release a device.
The end result was the lackluster Galaxy Gear, that—against our best sage advice —would, frustratingly, only "talk" to other Samsung devices. While Gear was among the first smartwatches from a major manufacturer, it just didn't seem like it was ready for market.
Due to the unique production requirements, the Round was a strictly limited release. Meanwhile, the G Flex—which has faced production issues of its own—has been widely available throughout Asia and is now coming the US. Samsung, however, was able to snatch the first-bendy-phone-crown away from LG.
For which Samsung received bragging rights, if little else.
As technology continues its breakneck march into the future, Samsung is wise to constantly aim for the bleeding edge. However the company could learn something from its good friends at Apple: A brand's future is made secure by producing quality original gadgets that work before they are released.
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