Reports from Korea suggest 'Galaxy Gear 2' and 'Galaxy Glass' on the way later in the year
Last year saw Samsung's first entry into the world of wearable devices, with the launch of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and more could follow this year if reports from the Korean press are to be believed. Today two reports from outlets in Samsung's home country point to Samsung Galaxy-branded wearables for both your wrist and your face arriving in 2014.
First up, ZDNet Korea reports that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will be unveiled in March or April at a London event. The design, the site claims, will be radically different to the Galaxy Gear we know today in an effort to make it more fashionable. Specifically, it's claimed that the Gear 2 will incorporate a flexible wraparound screen, reminiscent of designs submitted as part of a Samsung patent filing last year.
An unveiling in London this March or April also points to a potential tie-in with Samsung's next flagship phone, with recent rumors also suggesting to a mid-March London unveiling for a possible Galaxy S5.
Meanwhile the Korea Times today reports that Samsung is also at work on its own smart glasses technology, tentatively named "Galaxy Glass," with the aim of launching it as early as IFA 2014 this September. According to unnamed Samsung officials, the device would pair smartphones and offer functionality similar to that of the Gear and Google Glass. Naturally, Samsung Display is said to be supplying the translucent lens to be used in Galaxy Glass.
If Samsung were to launch its own smart glasses this fall, it'd put the Korean company in direct competition with Google Glass, which KT reports through supplier sources to be slated for general availability in the second half of the year.
If today's reports are accurate then Samsung certainly seems serious about wearables in 2014. However given the lukewarm response to the first-gen Galaxy Gear it may take a major step forward in software and functionality before either wearable sees widespread adoption.