2013 is still less than 3 months old but I think it's safe to say that this is the year of the smart watch. The rumors about Apple's iWatch continue to circulate and now they've been joined by new ones.
The Financial Times is reporting today that Google is working on a smart watch:
Now, Silicon Valley’s rumour mill suggests that Google, too, has such a device in the works.
While Glass is being created in its X Lab, home to experimental “moonshot” projects such as the self-driving car, Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, according to a person briefed on the project, to act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system.
But that's not all. Earlier this week Bloomberg quoted a Samsung VP as saying that the Korean gadget maker had a smart watch under development: “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”
Reuters also independently reported that Samsung was working on a smart watch, though they didn't have a source that was quite so visible:
Samsung Electronics Co is developing a wearable digital device similar to a wristwatch, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, joining rival Apple Inc in creating new products as growth of smartphone sales slows.
There's not much in the way of solid info on any of the 3 smart watches rumored to be under development, so normally I would disbelieve the rumors and wait for proof. But in this case I am going to take the Samsung statement as a barometer of the market.
These 3 watches very likely exist.
The Samsung watch reportedly has nothing to do with the Google watch, and that means there are at least 3 smart watches under development (Apple, Google, Samsung). And as one commenter pointed out, there's also a number of existing smart watches already on the market. Sony has one, and then there is the Pebble smart watch as well as others.
How long do you want to bet it will be before
Sony, Amazon, and other tech companies start dropping hints about their projects?