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5 Next Generation Smartwatches

September 4, 2014

As the next generation of Smartwatches come to market, the designs are looking less ugly, and the features are becoming more relevant — yet the landscape is still highly fragmented. There is no clear leader.

You have “Android Wear” as the preeminent operating system right now. But Samsung’s new Gear S watch will run on another operating system called “Tizen.” And with the upcoming HP Smartwatch (designed by Michael Bastian), you will be able to use either “Android Wear” or “iOS.” Arguably, though, the most important of all, is the native iOS device that Apple is rumored to be making. The so-called “iWatch.”

According to, they spoke with an Apple designer familiar with the situation and he said, “Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, is bragging about how cool he thought the iWatch was shaping up to be, gleefully said Switzerland is in trouble — though he chose a much bolder term for “trouble” to express how he thought the watchmaking nation might be in a tough predicament when Apple’s watch comes out.”

After initially dismissing the threat of Smartwatches, according to the WSJ, the Swatch Group has now said they will incorporate “smart” features in its touch line of watches (presumably Tissot T-Touch) beginning in 2015.

The Smartwatch market does not appear to be going away anytime soon, yet the product category is muddled and needs a company to lead the way. Is Apple’s rumored Smartwatch the answer? It’s too soon to say, but with Apple’s September 9th event — which will see the launch of the iPhone 6, and possibly a wearable device — just days away, we may have a better idea very soon.


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