So we already knew that 2014 was the year of the wearables, I mean at CES that’s pretty much all we saw. Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear last year at IFA alongside the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. They are said to be launching the next iteration of Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy S5 in March as well. Now there’s a new rumor coming out of The Korea Times, stating that Samsung will unveil Gear Glass at IFA (which is in Berlin every year) this September. Which tells us that it’s likely to be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4.
This report is stating that the smart glasses are tentatively called “Galaxy Glass”, which wouldn’t surprise me if that were the name, as Samsung loves to put the Galaxy name in front of everything, but then they have spent a fortune marketing that name, so it makes sense. However, a Samsung official has recently stated that they aren’t interested in smart glass right now, but rather to make wearable devices that “provide information at a glance without turning the people using them into cyborgs.” However this report and the recent patent application Samsung filed for smart glasses, suggests that the Korean manufacturer might be launching some smart glasses pretty soon.
Sammobile is citing an unnamed official from Samsung, who stated “the new smart glass to be introduced by Samsung is a new concept of wearable device that can be lead to an exciting culture of communication. The smart glass will present our aim to lead the new market with proven capability. Wearable devices can’t generate profits immediately. Steady releases of devices are showing our firm commitment as leader in new markets.” The report from The Korea Times also suggests that the “Galaxy Glass” will have similar functionality to the Galaxy Gear. In the fact that you’ll be able to view notifications (hopefully you’ll be able to act on them too), take phone calls, take pictures as well as listen to music.
The only thing I’m hoping is different from the “Galaxy Glass” compared to the Galaxy Gear, is that it’s compatible with more devices out of the box. The Galaxy Gear was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition at launch. Since then it’s become compatible with other Samsung devices like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2. But what about the rest of the Android devices out there? I’d love to see it compatible with those.