The Korean tech giant is quite confident in its Tizen mobile operating system, as it also plans to launch a pair of smart glasses based on it in September.
Samsung’s Gear Glass will have to play catch up with the search giant’s product, which was launched publicly yesterday with a $1,500 price tag, despite being still in Beta. Admittedly, Google enjoys a lot to tease its customers by keeping products in Beta for prolonged periods of time, with satisfactory results in the end.
Once great collaborators Samsung and Google seem to be competing aggressively as of late. Google forced Samsung to reduce the amount of bloatware from its Android devices, and now the battle is fought for wearables. The Korean company takes pride in launching a smartwatch prior to the search giant, but Samsung most probably forgets what an incredible failure their Galaxy Gear was. Now, the focus of both companies is on smart glasses, and since each of them uses a different operating system, we’ll get to see whose approach is better.
According to a Korean report, “Samsung will launch a swift strike on the rapidly-emerging smart glass market at the same time to counter Google Glass. Earlier this week a Samsung associate stated that they’re gearing up to roll out ‘Gear Glass’ in time for Europe’s biggest electronics fair IFA 2014, which is to be held Sept. 5-10 this year in Berlin, Germany.”
A Samsung representative pointed out that “We rolled out the smartwatch first, and have secured a considerable amount of smart glass-related technology and patents. Following the roll out of our smart watch Galaxy Gear in September last year, we are slated to introduce our smart glass Gear Glass this September.”
The patents won by Samsung suggest that Gear Glass will also include an earpiece besides the display, which means that users will also be able to listen to music while watching video content on the display.
People were outraged when they found out that the components of Google Glass cost around $80, while the search giant sells these for $1,500. My opinion is that people forget that this product was until recently available only to developers and is currently in Beta. The price tag covers all the R&D that was necessary for making Google Glass a reality, and I have no doubt that when it gets out of Beta, Google’s smart glasses will have a decent price.